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Date Joined Dec 2005
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   Posted 1/24/2009 10:42 AM (GMT -6)   
I have had UC since 2005, and beginning this January, I started taking Cortifoam for the first time.  I have had great results - only saw blood once since I've been on it, normal formed BMs, sleeping thru the night (woo hoo!).  I'm wondering when I should stop taking it.  Should I finish up the prescription (which would mean I will have been on it for a month) or just stop taking it now?  I was told I don't need to wean off it since it's such a low dose steroid.   I was thinking about finishing it up, and then trying Rowasa for a while.  I wasn't able to hold the Rowasa in, but now that I feel much better, maybe I can.  Any suggestions?  Thanks.

UC since 9/2005
Asacol 3 pills 2 X day.
Rowasa as needed.
Never on pred.
Numerous supplements

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Date Joined Nov 2008
Total Posts : 183
   Posted 1/24/2009 12:09 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm in same situation. I had to take it for 14 days. Tomorrow it's over...I guess I'll use canasa suppositories again, and see what happens. BTW, cortifoam did its job!!!
Diagnosed with left-sided UC on Sept 08 Colazal 5x2day, Lialda 2 per day (so unusual to take just 2 pills)
Canasa 1 supp. every nigh Cortifoam 1 at night
Vitamins: Zinc, B complex, Fleexsead Oil capsules, Multi. Digestive Enzymes (helps a lot)
***I'm not sick with UC, it's UC sick with me!***

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Date Joined Feb 2004
Total Posts : 20577
   Posted 1/24/2009 1:18 PM (GMT -6)   
You should be taking it for as long as your doc says you should, if you quit/wean off too soon then symptoms may re-appear in a short time.

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

Old Hat
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Date Joined Feb 2007
Total Posts : 5185
   Posted 1/24/2009 11:17 PM (GMT -6)   
You can try doing the final week of Cortifoam every other night. What did your gastro say about maintenance medication, assuming that you're near remission from proctitis? Some doctors would tell you to transition back to Rowasa-- to hopefully extend remission for a good while. / Old Hat (nearly 30 yrs with left-sided UC; original Colazal helps me to stay in remission)
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