Switching from Lialda to Colozal - Left Sided UC - Plz advise

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happyliving
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   Posted 11/14/2008 6:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello All,

Today i went to my GI to discuss about my UC - flareups.
Currently I have a mild flareup.
I'm taking Lialda 4/day and Canasa daily.
My GI recommended to start with Colozal from tomorrow.
Is there anybody who is taking Colozal here............
Did you guys noticed any side effects with this medication?
Your responses and feedback will help me in understanding about Colozal.......

Thanks in advance for all your help and support

Red_34
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   Posted 11/14/2008 6:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Colazal is mainly used for left sided because it reaches further down into the colon then Asacol or Lialda sometimes. Asacol and Lialda are designed to be released at a certain Ph level and if you don't have the right level, it may not dissolve properly to allow even distribution. Where Colazal is specially designed to release on the left side. I was on Asacol for many years when it stopped working for me and my GI switched me to Colazal. At first, I had an increase of symptoms, headaches and an out of it feeling. That lasted around 2 weeks and then I noticed a huge difference in my symptoms - complete turn around.


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happyliving
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   Posted 11/14/2008 6:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Thats Great !! pb4.... Thanq very much for your response
Hopefully it works for me toooooo.
How long you are in remission?
Asacol and Lialda never kept in proper remission.........

Red_34
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   Posted 11/14/2008 8:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Pb??? Did she reply to your thread? It put me in remission for about a year or so and then my daughter gave me a stomach bug that made me flare and I never got back into remission which is why I had to end up on an immune suppressor. I hope it works for you too :)
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~Left sided Uc-'92-Colazal(9 daily),6mp(50-100mgs),Bentyl, Prilosec,Biotin,Forvia,Pro-Bio**Unable to tolerate Asacol, Rowasa or Canasa**~Year-round allergies-Singulair, Zyrtec~Secondary Reynauds Syndrome-'04-Norvasc~Sacroiliitis-epidural injections~bulging and herniated discs C5/C6 & C6/C7~3 epidural injections-worked great!, OA
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Katmom
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   Posted 11/14/2008 9:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi:
We too switched from Asacol to Colazal, when the Asacol diidn't seem to be holding. Didn't notice a difference. Good news is that there were also no noticeable side affects. So, perhaps it will be your lucky one! Dr. thought that it was actually better for those with left sided UC, for the things already mentioned.
Good luck,
Daughter,15 diagnosed 1-08 w/ UC Learning from you all.
Asacol, Prevacid, Flagyl, Prednizone 50mg, major flare, now off!, Hosp. @ U of C, Comers, four x this yr. Low residue diet still, and still having problems.
6MP, Colazol ,horrible acne/moon for awhile- No more Pred,but 6mp isn't working. Remicade next up.
Trying probiotics, fish oil, and Mangosteen for kicks.
update:
On 2nd infusion of Remicade, and still on all of the other drugs., except Flagyl and Pred. Better, not healed.


Christine1946
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   Posted 11/15/2008 10:42 AM (GMT -6)   
     I was switched from Asacol to Colazal about five years ago or so.  My UC is located just in my rectum and the doctor thought Colazal would work better for me.  I haven't had any adverse reactions to it.  I do still get flares though.  So not sure if it keeps you from flaring.  I guess some people have better luck with it than others.
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 11/01/08...now 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.


invisible reflections
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   Posted 11/15/2008 12:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, I was on asacol which didn't really work for me. I'm on colazal now and it's been great. I haven't noticed any side effects from it. Any side effects I do get, I attribute to the other medicines I'm on like prednisone. I hope it works for you!
Recently gone into remission!

Currently tapering off of prednisone from 50mg, currently @ 12.5mg and suffering from withdrawal symptoms : (

Colazal(generic)= 9 pills
Immuran (Azathioprine)= 3 pills (150mg)
Multivitamin

Diagnosed 10/07

Flares on Feb 08 and Aug 08


19 year old female college student taking one day at a time...
A little optimism goes a long way.
"Look at the sun and your shadow will fall behind you."


Old Hat
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   Posted 11/15/2008 10:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Colazal was my break-through med! My gastro put me on it in 2003, and it has helped me more than the older 5-ASA drugs. However, I cannot stay on it at full dose for longer than 10 weeks-- because my eyelids start to puff up/itch. Be sure to drink plenty of water daily while you're taking it, and you'll likely do well. It can also help to take an occasional Rowasa while on Colazal-- to boost healing in the sigmoid colon & rectum. Good luck with your switch! / Old Hat (nearly 30 yrs with left-sided UC; currently on 3 generic Colazal daily for maintenance of remission)

dancing D
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   Posted 11/16/2008 9:03 AM (GMT -6)   
 
    Hi,
      Has been some time since posting:  
      I, too, take colazal  Have been on it for over two years now:  asacol did not work since it came through me
      in the whole state, never dissolving  and dipentum only worsen the problem
     Do have chills a lot:  believe a side effect.
      Asked my doctor about the new medicine, Lialda and his comment  was:  let's not rock the boat:  the colazal is
     working:   I like the idea of taking a pill once or twice a day vs  9 a day on colazal.   I also take imuran along with
     colazal.  Also am on two caltrate  vitamin D  and find that this helps a lot   There has been a lot ont he news
     lately as to the importance of vitamin D for over good health and colon health.
     Also have diversion colitis and use canasa suppositories for this.  
     All started with surgery due to diverticulitis with the UC and DC developoing.  
       
    
    
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