Hi! I'm new here and really enjoying this forum. So much information here. I hope this post can maybe give an alternative to you who are having trouble with the normal UC meds.
20 yearsish ago, I started with colitis. I was engaged to a doctor at the time, and he told me what I had, and bottled up a bunch of drugs and in his handwriting, wrote the name of the drug on some masking tape on the bottle. It was a miracle!! I would get a flare up, take the drug, and no more cramps!! I loved that drug!! Soon the flare ups went away, and I forgot about it for all these years.
Two weeks ago, it hit again! This time with bleeding! I remembered that bottle (he gave me a ton of those pills), and I also remembered he would laugh and tell me "Drugs don't expire! That is what the Drug companies tell you so you will keep buying!" Sooooooo, I thought I'd take one of those pills. Again! It worked! After 2 days no more blood, and I get cramps every 4 days or so, and I take a pill and all is well.
I worried that I would run out of these pills. Did I mention I have no insurance, so a doctor visit is out of the question financially. I decided to look on the web to see if I could buy some without a prescription! I learned that that drug is not available. There is a reason which I will mention in the next paragraph. But, from all the posts on the web, I have ordered some Asacol to try for my next flare up. I'll die if I run out of the good stuff!!
Why doctors today don't prescribe it is amazing, but if you are having trouble with Asacol, and all those other drugs you are taking, ask your doctor to prescribe Donnatal. It is a real drug. Serious! Phenobarbitol. Look it up on Drugs.com. It is prescribed for UC. It is addictive, but not for me. I only take it now and then as needed. Drug companies spend a lot of time and money researching the drugs they peddle, and they give doctors incentives to prescribe them. Donnatal is an old drug, been around forever, and doubtful anyone is giving incentives for it.
I will be getting insurance in the next few months (medicare), and I will pitch a fit to my new doc if he doesn't listen to me and prescribe Donnatal!!
If my fiance was alive now, I'd get more from him, but he's sitting on a cloud laughing at the drug companies!!
I spend time over at curezone also, and I am going to try Sherman's Vitamin E enema and diet. He swears it will cure you in 3 months. If you haven't looked at that, you may want to do so.
Good health to all of you!