I am also on Asacol and this is now my 7th week on it. I'm not sure if it's quite working as I remember, but last time included pred. I'm trying very hard not to go on it, but if I absolutely must, then I will. But the Asacol, have you seen the side effects on it too? Geez, especially about may cause more bleeding, headaches, cramping, nervousness, etc. Why do they prescribe this stuff it that's what could happen! Unless I have the misfortune of falling into the "rare side effects" category. Or that maybe it's too much of a dosage? And why do they make it a red colour, can't they make it a clear cover, like some of the enteric probiotics/vitamins?
I'm noticing the poop part (of course includes dark red blood most times or light red blood) if it should take this long to kick in. At times, there is no blood or poop but it looks like red (burgundy) clay? Could this be the pills doing this? And I noticed about 2 pills in with it today, but didn't really want to poke at it, not sure if it was just shell or actual pill.
I'm sort of a loss at the moment about only Asacol but I would prefer this evil than to other evils. Is it mind over matter, if a drug works or not?
I don't know, just getting tired of coddling this *#&% disease right now. And it's almost Christmas, I want to be around family than the toilet bowl. I'm just feeling a little of low spirit at the moment. that's all....
Has anyone heard of homeopathic anti-anxiety alternatives? I tried Passiflora Compose, it's a sublingual little pill. It seemed to help a bit late this afternoon, when I was feeling jittery.
Also, here's another question, don't all doctors/GI's has a protocol to diagnose UC, ie., run through all possible parasite infections, then other possibilities instead of trying us on what pills could possibly work. I really think it's a pathogen, this UC, but they haven't found it yet?!
44 yrs old, only 3rd experience with flare-up start oct29.08, Ont.Canada.
current: asacol 400 mg - 2 4x/day
last flare in 2004 with c-diff, went into shock, hospitalized 2 wks, rec'd transfusion
prednisone, asacol, metronidazole
in 2000 rec'd antibiotics(sinuses),c-diff,ulcerative colitis