Did Rowasa ever pull you out of a flare?

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   Posted 2/3/2009 12:30 PM (GMT -6)   
I had been tapering Prednisone and got down to alternating 10MG & 7.5MG and a
flare-up rocked my world.
I failed Imuran and was hoping for a miracle and a natural taper would keep me in
I did not want to up the Prednisone so we went with Rowasa. After about 4 sessions
I started seeing relief. After 13 I would say that I am almost 100%.
I will finish the last 7 and re-evaluate.
Just curious if anybody else had luck with Rowasa.
~ Sean
Male - 42, San Diego, CA
Diagnosed May 2002 with Ulcerative Colitis
Asacol = 400mg X 6/day
Prednisone = 10mg/day
Omeprazole = 20mg/day
Lisinopril = 10mg/day (blood pressure)
Caltrate + D = 600mg/day
Vitamin D (50,000 units) = 1X per week
CO Q10 = 1/day
Metamucil Capsules = 2/day
Align Probiotic = 1/day

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Date Joined May 2003
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   Posted 2/3/2009 12:37 PM (GMT -6)   
I use Salofalk enemas...the same as rowasa...for the past 20 years, for flaring and tapered to maintenance.

You hopefully have refills on your prescription, because stopping abruptly won't help you maintain a remission.

*Heather* Status..Asacol  (3 x2 daily); flaring /Dec 22, tapered to every 3rd nite..back to nightly (Jan 22)..tapered too fast
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed; Ranitidine (reflux);  Effexor XR 75mg(depression);  Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma) 
~vitamins/minerals/supplementsProbiotics....(Natural Factors Protec, Primadophilus Reuteri Pearls, Natural Factors Ultimate). @ bedtime
~various digestive enzymes as needed; started Omega 3 
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS"  worth it !!!

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   Posted 2/3/2009 12:50 PM (GMT -6)   
I have and I followed Heather's (above) advice a while back and it works well for me. I pretty much have these things in stock at all times (though they do expire).

With that said, I have UC only at the end of my descending colon-- so the meds go right to the problem.


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   Posted 2/3/2009 4:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Rowasa has stopped my bleeding numerous times. It has never brought me into full remission though, but close.
Diagnosed with UC March 2007; Asacol 4 tablets 3x/day; Rowasa; Canasa; Viactiv; Metamucil wafers; multivitamin; sublingual allergy drops

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   Posted 2/3/2009 5:55 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes, it's not as fast-acting as the steroid retention enemas, but it got me out of a flare with 8-10 weeks of nightly use. That's with proctosigmoiditis. My best maintenance med to-date, though, is original Colazal-- because it prevents inflammation in my descending colon, where Rowasa has no effect. I agree with Quincy that you should not drop all med when you finally feel better. / Old Hat (nearly 30 yrs with left-sided UC ... [etc.])
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