Well, hope they'll work as long as they've worked for me.....20 years and counting.
You have to be on them until your flare is over...in other words...normal. No symptoms. Stay on them nightly for another week...then taper to every second night for a few weeks...see how you do. Then you can taper once again to every 3rd night..etc.
It's a process to find your maintenance level, basically. There are some who don't use them as such...however.
Happy they're working for you....
*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/supplements; Probiotics....(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 !!!