Predfoam for Pancolitis

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   Posted 11/25/2008 12:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Can someone please advise me on how effective Predfoam would be in a person with pancolitis who is also unresponsive to oral Prednisone?


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   Posted 11/25/2008 4:26 PM (GMT -6)   
To me personally it would be like swatting a bee with a feather. Predfoam (Cortifoam) only reaches to the rectum so if you have any inflammation higher up, then this would not be the med of choice but rather an enema. If you are unresponsive to pred, this may or may not work. I know, vague answer. But the best you can do is at least try it to see if it can help a bit.
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   Posted 11/25/2008 8:48 PM (GMT -6)   
In my experience, the foam can be effective when used in combination with another steroid, in my case, oral Entocort which has a far lower systemic effect (it acts in a very localized way in the intestines).  It follows the "treat both ends" approach.
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Meds: salofalk7 to 10 tabs/day depending on disease status; imuran 75mg/day; entocort when flaring; cortifoam when flaring; pantoloc; VSL#3; vitamin D and calcium; fosomax

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   Posted 11/26/2008 1:16 AM (GMT -6)   
yes...absolutely,.that's the answer I would give,
rectal meds treat the rectum, and the foams and enemas can reach to the sigmoid.
suppositories treat just the rectum....and should always be used in conjunction with other oral topical meds,.... because....for some, the rectum involvement doesn't always stay as such...contrary to whatever stats are out there.

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