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   Posted 2/5/2009 10:25 PM (GMT -6)   
So i was watchign the drs just now, and there is a new pill it's called the phillips i pill. and it knows where to release the medicine.  they were talking about it more for crohns but that it could be used for UC too.  the pill somehow is programmed by the dr to release at a certain PH level that way the med only treats the place that needs treating and the body wont get as many side effects.  that's all i know about it, i didnt research it or anything thats just what was on tv

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   Posted 2/5/2009 11:34 PM (GMT -6)   
I read an article on this in the New York Times earlier this week. It's actually sort of a remote-control winding its way through your body, and it can send information back to your doctor's computer! It's only being used in research settings at the moment, if I remember right. I can't imagine it would be cheap.
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Dx ulcerative proctitis, 3-5 cm, June 2008. Still flaring? Not sure.
Canasa 1000 mg suppositories and 1 tsp smooth texture Metamucil nightly
25 mg hydrocortisone suppositories (tapering) and 1 Garden of Life Primal Defense Ultra in a.m.
Effexor 37.5, Remeron 30 mg, and Trazodone 75 mg for sleep/anxiety (clonazepam as needed)
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   Posted 2/6/2009 8:42 AM (GMT -6)   
If it helps I WANT it!! :-))
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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   Posted 2/6/2009 10:36 AM (GMT -6)   
its different than the remote control one, they said something about it too. This one has the meds in it and releases at a certain time, and then goes away. that remote control one comes out the other end, lol.

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   Posted 2/6/2009 11:41 AM (GMT -6)   

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   Posted 2/6/2009 11:58 AM (GMT -6)   
That's exactly how Asacol works. The coating is what is special about it, because it won't dissolve until it reaches the ph that is in your colon, instead of dissolving in your stomach. And you can suck on them and they won't dissolve, either.
So when it comes out whole...it means your colon is moving things through too quick for it!
49 year old female attorney, diagnosed UC/pancolitis 1985, no surgery but much suffering.
Asacol/5ASA 6x400 mg maintenance for 20+ years; use prednisone & Rowasa for flares. 
August 2008 sought care of naturopathic doctor. Food sensitivity test showed wheat/gluten, other intolerances; started diet without gluten, soy, dairy, tomato etc. Replete$$ probiotic powder, then Forte, now a stronger one (50 billion). Doing much better, but still having some bad days. 

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