Mamas Boys said...
How long did you give each of these things to work before you switched to the next one? Colazal and Lialda are both maintenance drugs. No matter what else you are taking - you should probably still be taking those.
Colazal is supposed to work right away though. When I had my second flare, my condition was so bad that my GI prescribed Colazal and scheduled me for a sigmoidoscopy a few days later. He wanted to wait a few days for the inflammation to subside before trying to look inside my colon. However, he did need to look inside so that he could make a diagnosis and prescribe stronger medicine (Prednisone). The Colazal helped reduce the inflammation.
Colazal is also used as a maintenance drug, because it's not as strong as some of the other medicines that are used to treat Colitis.
Colazal no longer worked when I got my third flare so there was no reason to take it. I find that alternative treatments work so much better. I know: alternative treatments don't work for everyone; however, conventional treatments don't either. Moreover, Colazal is bad for the kidneys.
Joy - 47 yrs and counting
Diagnosed w/ UC Dec 06 (also have IBS)
Currently in remission
Lexapro (for stress)
Probiotics and Vitamins (a whole bunch of them)
Anti-inflammatory foods: turmeric, seaweed, garlic...
Avoid: anything with high-fructose corn syrup, foods high in fructose, artificial sweeteners
Previous treatments: Fecal transplantation (worked), Prednisone (stopped working), Colazal (stopped working), Asacol (stopped working)