Call the doctor to get refills on the prescript
ion...stopping cold turkey is not recommended....say you don't want to be without them for 6 days.
Or...get the pharmacy to call when you start the last box.
I agree regarding the prednisone. It's my own theory that it will set one up for future med failure.....but if you can stick with the 5ASA meds and give them a real fair trial.....patience is really what you need....they could very well be all you'll need.
Yes, they're a pain,
Yes, I hate doing them...but 9 seconds out of my night is nadda.
I would say give yourself at least 6 months with the 5ASA, oral/rectal....you may be able to taper the rectal to maintenance...that's really the goal, to find that will help keep flares to a minimum.
I had lots of ups and downs the first 2+ years....I actually begged my doctor for other meds....he just shook his head and said that they do work for me considering I'm have improvement and have remissions...it's just finding the right combo and sheduling that requires the patience.
He then gave me the freedom to increase and decrease the rectal med (I'm on Salofalk..which is like Rowasa, but in Canada) as I see fit. 20 years later....still using them and they still work..whew.
Hang tough...if you're in a hurry but yet having improvement, you'll maybe miss out on a med that can take you through many years before you have to go to other meds.
If htey don't work, you'll know it...but give it a fair try.
The commitment is a pain, but not as much as a flare pain in the butt.....
*Heather* Status..Asacol (3 x2 daily); flaring /Dec 22, tapered to every 3rd nite
~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 !!!