Filling a prescription 3 months LATE! (and Cortifoam vs. Rowasa)

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   Posted 1/12/2009 2:12 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi all,
After a relatively long quiet period (since being dx'd Jan. 07), had some out-of-the-ordinary cramps/gas/blood+mucus which suggested a flare up. My doc prescribed Cortifoam.
Um... took 3 months to fill the prescription because 1) pharmacy didnt take my insurance anymore 2) majorly procrastinated filling it elsewhere.
I FINALLY filled it!
The weird thing is that I self prescribed the dosage, following the box's instructions. I'm embarassed to go to doc and tell him abt it mainly bec. I've been real good about taking e/th in the past. (Hmm, in that case, I think I'm not THAT embarrased, other pple are way worse than me:)
I had used Rowasa twice in the past and really got good vibes from it. It worked and felt good.
My Dr. said using Cortifoam, "Is like shooting a mouse with an elephant gun." Meaning, it's way stronger than Rowasa and will kick the UC into remission, with G-d's help. I don't know what kinda vibes Cortifoam gives me yet, still see blood and mucus, gotta go make an appointment and check progress. Though, I'm still embarrassed to show up at the doc and tell him about my negligence. ouch!
my question for Rowasa/cortifoam ppl:
What was your experience with the 2 of these (Rowasa vs. Cortifoam) and their comparative effectiveness?
Dx: Dec. 2006 with UC
F, 23, NYC
Thank G-d - Prednisone then 6MP, Rowasa and Asacol brought remission
Now Asacol 4tabs 2x a day.
Reduced to 2tabs 2x a day. Soon had a very mild flare. Upped to 6 tabs 2x a day. Rowasa enemas nightly. Soon replacing that with Cortifoam (generic). Dr. says it's like shooting a mouse with an elephant gun....
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   Posted 1/12/2009 12:42 PM (GMT -6)   
Cortifoam is convenient to use & speeds healing in the rectum. However, if you have inflammation higher up, you need the liquid enemas and/or oral med to combat that. I'd say beware of lowering/eliminating daily meds when you do get to remission. It sounds like you need a daily maintenance dose to STAY in remission & only time will tell you what that is. That's basically what I've gone thru with left-sided UC; the 5-ASAs bring most flares to remission within 10 weeks-- but I still need to take a quantity of med daily to keep from relapsing. I could not last longer than 3 weeks w/o med., which I 've learned from experience. / Old Hat (nearly 30 yrs with left-sided UC ... [etc.])

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   Posted 1/12/2009 2:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Depending on how bad your inflammation is will also depend on how long it will take to kick in, and not everyone is as responsive to particular meds as some are so patience is necessary....for me, cortifoam has worked the best.

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

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