GI prescribed canasa today any success with it?

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   Posted 11/11/2008 11:34 PM (GMT -6)   
I am recovering from a flare and c-diff tapering on pred recently. I have been having solid bm's but still have frequent urgency with mucus like discharge in between. recently the discharge has had some light blood but the wierd thing is I do not have the blood with my BM. My Gi thinks I might have an area flared in the lowest part of my colon so he wants me to try canasa. I will be honest I am not looking forward to inserting these things. :( Has anyone had good results? I had a hard time holding in the mesalamine enemas for more than 10 minutes.
Prednisone 20mg a day
Remicaid (3 treatments so far)
Vitamin C, Omega 3 and Slow Fe (Iron)

34 year old male Southern California

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   Posted 11/12/2008 8:10 AM (GMT -6)   
I was on Canasa on and off for a while. I never really had any problem holding them in because they are not a liquid which can cause cramping and that urge to expel. They seem to work very well for rectal inflammation but if your inflammation is higher then they won't help with that.
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   Posted 11/12/2008 12:02 PM (GMT -6)   
They seem to be working well for me. Using them at bedtime, I don't have any problem holding them in overnight. Sure, it's not a pleasant process, but it does seem to be worth it.
40, female
Dx ulcerative proctitis, 3-5 cm, June 2008 (after 5 weeks of blood and mucous) and still flaring
Canasa 1000 mg suppositories and 2 tsp smooth texture Metamucil nightly
25 mg hydrocortisone suppositories and 1 Garden of Life Primal Defense Ultra in a.m.
Effexor 37.5, Remeron 30 mg, Clonazepam .5 mg (or more) and Trazodone 75 mg for sleep/anxiety
2.5 mg methimazole for thyroid
Trying acupuncture
Osteopenia and other assorted ailments

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   Posted 11/12/2008 2:47 PM (GMT -6)   
      Canasa is a breeze compared to Cort enemas
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Diagnosed with ulcerative proctitis in 1998 in hospital
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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 11/12/2008 3:42 PM (GMT -6)   
I use Canasa twice a day a.m. and p.m. I have a difficult time holding in the a.m. so I wait as long as I can to hopefully be done w/ our wonderful morning routines. I came down w/ UC when I quit smoking started flaring last May and I haven't had a day since that I felt "good". Since May I have never been back to normal as far as the way I use to feel.

Diagnosised 8/25/08 GRRR
Started flare mid-May/feeling better but still flaring
Canasa 2x a day
Multi Enzyme
Mega Probiotic
Fiber Wafer
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   Posted 11/12/2008 4:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Canasa is your FRIEND!!!! yeah yeah yeah
Dx'D in 1990. Remission 1991 - 1/2005
Both flares were in extremely stressful times in my life
Colonoscopy 10/2008 mild UC
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   Posted 11/12/2008 6:51 PM (GMT -6)   
thanks guys I have had a hard time holding liquid mesalamine so maybe this will be easier for me
Prednisone 20mg a day
Remicaid (3 treatments so far)
Vitamin C, Omega 3 and Slow Fe (Iron)
Metamucil wafers

34 year old male Southern California

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