I was on Asacol for almost two years. When I first started I noticed a difference almost immediately. However, I soon regressed back into a horrible flare so started 40mg Prednisone. Each time I tried tapering I became extremely ill (flare) by 25-30mg. So, I remained on Prednisone throughout all of our medication and treatment attempts...in addition to the Asacol, which this past summer I was put on 2400mg twice a day.
To be honest with you, the Prednisone will probably make the biggest difference for you right now, and if you start to show signs of a flare and those symptoms continue or worsen I suggest you contact your doctor/nurse immediately. I learned that a flare can kick up within a matter of days, and normally I would put off a call b/c it was a Friday and the weekend was here, but by the following Monday I was miserable and a prisoner to our home (b/c of the needed bathroom).
Anyway, I so wish you the best of luck! Keep us posted on your reaction to the medications!
: ) Robin
28 year old Mommy of an amazing 1 year old and Wife for 2 years!
Dx-May 2007 Moderate/Severe Pancolitis - failed all medications
Proctocolectomy w/ permanent ileostomy on 02/06/09!!!
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