Rectal medication advice??

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Date Joined Jun 2008
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   Posted 12/2/2008 1:29 PM (GMT -6)   
I know I have asked this before but could not find the thread.
My UC has been confined to small rectal area.  Procotfoam is not healing it fast enough (if at all) for me.  I need something just next step stronger without 5ASA - prefer suppositories.
Any suggestions to ask my doctor about on the 17th!
Thanks, ElaineNY

Elite Member

Date Joined May 2003
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   Posted 12/2/2008 1:35 PM (GMT -6)   
hydrocortisone suppositories.....twice daily.

There are also, I think, lidocaine suppositories..There were a few members who have tried it. .

Hope this helps.
*Heather* Status..Asacol 6 (3 twice daily); enemas every 5th night
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed
~Probiotics....(Natural Factors Protec, Primadophilus Reuteri Pearls, Natural Factors Ultimate)....1 each  @ bedtime
~various digestive enzymes as needed
~Ranitidine (reflux);  Effexor XR 75mg(depression);  Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma)
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS"  worth it !!!

Elite Member

Date Joined Feb 2004
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   Posted 12/2/2008 1:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Cortifoam enema (they are steroid based and usually faster acting because of this). Cortifoam is the only thing I've ever gotten any results from and the sooner you use it when symptoms start, the better and quicker it tends to work (for me at least).

My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it! LOL :)

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Date Joined Jun 2008
Total Posts : 2865
   Posted 12/2/2008 2:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks!  I am looking for the suppositories and not the enemas - I had a lot of problems with Rowasa - using it and staying in, cramping, etc.  Canasa suppositories were much easier but too many side effects.  Proctofoam is not staying in very well either.
Reading about hydrocortisone suppositories I can see why my doc might not want me to use.  They seems maybe too strong steroids because I have constant fungal infections and high blood pressure.  Maybe I could ask and use them less often.  I have such a hard time explaining to my GI doc that I get results from smaller doses of anything - not like most people.
68 yr. old granny
New diagnosed with proctosigmoiditis - 6/2008
 Colonoscopy 10/28 showed only 2 cm. left to heal in rectum - going to try Proctofoam first.
Probiotic Align, Prilosec for GERD
Inderol for hypertension,Xanax,Lipitor, multivitamin, calcium w/D, Tylenol
Close to remission -spoke too soon!

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