nymomof3 - sounds like you as jas had the same side effects and doctors' reaction I did to mesalamines (5ASA). Doctor told me to hang in there - it would get better - nothing doing! I had flu-like symptoms, nausea, sweating, etc. etc. and could not hardly get out of bed after about 4 or 5 days of trying each one - Colazaol, Lialda, enemas, etc. So, FINALLY he decided I could not tolerate them and I went on prednisone and then 6 MP. Adjusting that now but doing ok!
Senior - New diagnosed with proctosigmoiditis - 6/2008 Cannot tolerate mesalamines, Canasa, etc. Tried, Colozal, steroid enemas, etc. - started working but severe side effects occurred.
Started on prednisone Feb.7, 2009 - tapering to 20 mg. for two more weeks. Bleeding returned - no call back from doc so I upped prenisone to 25mg. on my own - 6MP - 50 mg. 4/2/2009
Probiotic Align, Prilosec for GERD, Gas-X, vitamins, Calcium/D
Tylenol for knees and arthritis.