Medication while in remission

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   Posted 11/11/2008 6:55 PM (GMT -6)   
     I was just wondering what drugs the people who suffer with UC take while in remission.  I THINK (hope anyway) I have finally reached remission but I still take the Colazal, 6MP, probiotic, calcium, fish oil capsule and multivitamin.  I have stopped the Cort enemas (tapered off actually) and canasa suppositries as I feel I really don't need them at this point.  I have my blood drawn monthly to check my WBC because of the 6MP and liver function tests done every other month.
62 yr old granny. South Jersey
Diagnosed with ulcerative proctitis in 1998 in hospital
Hospitalized (2nd time) in May 2008
Update 11/03/08...finally in remission!!  Hope I don't jinx myself.  Off the prednisone since 11/01/ see if I can stay off for longer than two weeks.  Other meds: 6MP (75 mgm), colazal (6 per day), Benicar and Toprol (high blood pressure meds), Probiotic (2 per day), fish oil capsule and multi-vitamin and calcium with vitamin D.

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   Posted 11/11/2008 8:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Your colazal and 6-MP are maintenance drugs. The supplements, most of us take all the time - whichever ones we choose to take. If you have proctitis, you may want to re-think stopping the canasa. Those can be important in keeping the rectal area quiet.
Moderate to severe left-sided UC (21 cm) diagnosed 2001.
Avascular necrosis in both shoulders is my "forever" gift from Entocort.
Colazal,  Remicade, Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri. In remission since April, 2006.
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   Posted 11/11/2008 10:22 PM (GMT -6)   
It's best you have your doc aid with weaning you off of meds if he feels that's the right thing to do, but as far as the naturals go (probiotics, fish oils ect) I'd strongly suggest you continue with those indefinitely.

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   Posted 11/11/2008 11:10 PM (GMT -6)   
I've been on asacol since I got into remission almost 3 years ago. I know some people think of "remission" as being healed and completely off meds. I guess I would much rather take meds and feel great than tamper with it and go down hill again but its definitely a personal choice you make with your GI. I hope your remission lasts!! :)
19 year old college student diagnosed with ulcerative colitis at 16
Remission since January/April 2006
400mg Asacol 2x, 10mg Elavil, 75mg Effexor XR for GAD

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   Posted 11/12/2008 1:41 AM (GMT -6)   
If your doc was the one to script the meds 4 you, you should definately consult him/her about removing any of them from your regimen. Many Gi docs out there will work with the patient's wishes if properly approached.

I am glad you are feeling well and wish you the longest remission.
Diagnosed w/ Ulcerative Colitis in 1995
32 years old
Living med free  
Currently in remission  

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