I was able to stay in full remission on NO meds (nor supplements, nor special diet) at all for over 9 years (I am allergic to all 5ASA meds), and nowadays cannot get a meaningful remission no matter what I try (I am finally putting surgery on the front burner now, better late than never), so go figure. But clearly it is possible for some to get powerful remissions without any maintenance drugs- however, if one tolerates them well and their toxicity is low, it would seem to be playing with fire not to use them.
Pancolitis ~20 years, once had a full med-free 10 year remission,
but flaring/simmering on and off for years, allergic to all 5ASAs
15ish mg pred,
100 mg Imuran TCM
Probiotics (PD, Cust.Probiot., Culturelle, VSL3, etc), DMSO,
boswellia, fish oil, many vits/minerals
Lower-carb version of Specific Carb Diet (SCD), Remicade newbie