Rowasa vs cortifoam

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jeanneac
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   Posted 4/26/2009 8:37 AM (GMT -6)   
The nurse at my doctor's office called in a prescription for the cortifoam for me after difficulty using the rowasa enema. She said the rowasa would migrate further up in the colon than the cortifoam. My problem is on the left side of the colon but not in the rectum. I guess I am not convinced these will work on problems outside the rectal area. Any information for me? Thank you! This is the most awesome forum!
diagnosed 1/09 with colitis,54 yo, colazal, fish oil, synthroid, cymbalta


quincy
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   Posted 4/26/2009 2:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi....which part of the left side exactly?

I think it would depend on how many doses per that you use...meaning how much volume of medication would determine how far it could go.

quincy
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~UC meds: Asacol (3 x2 daily); Salofalk enemas nightly for flares & taper to maintenance 
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jeanneac
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   Posted 4/26/2009 2:57 PM (GMT -6)   

Sigmoid colon is where they say the problem is. I don't think it is that far up there but it isn't rectal either.

Rowasa dose is 60 ml and the cortifoam is 15 grams, not a lot. I just have a problem with the rowasa. It is like it doesn't want to empty despite squeezing.

 

 


diagnosed 1/09 with colitis,54 yo, colazal, fish oil, synthroid, cymbalta


julee70
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   Posted 4/27/2009 7:45 PM (GMT -6)   
I think that if you lie on your left side after using the cortifoam, it has a chance of getting up even further. It's worth a shot if the Rowasa isn't something you can use. There's a small amount of absorption systemically, meaning you're getting a small dose of steroids anyway, so that too might be beneficial.

Rowasa is safer for the long term, but some doctors don't seem to have a problem with long-term use of cortifoam because the steroid absorption is low. It's just something to keep in mind and ask your doctor about.
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UC for the last ten years
Current Meds: 6MP since 2006, Lialda, Asacol foam, Lomotil
Past Meds: You name it; I've tried it. (Asacol, Colazol, Pentasa, DiPentum, Rowasa, Canasa, Cortenema, sulfasalazine, Cortifoam)
Alternative treatments I have had success with: Acupuncture, Hypnotherapy


jeanneac
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   Posted 4/27/2009 9:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you for the input. I will try the form and see if it hurts.

Sounds like you have experienced some relief with acupuncture and hypnotherapy?? How did those go for you? I know a medical hypnotherapist and have often thought about using her services for stress relief.

God bless.
diagnosed 1/09 with colitis,54 yo, colazal, fish oil, synthroid, cymbalta


julee70
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   Posted 4/28/2009 10:11 PM (GMT -6)   
hi Jeanneac,

I hope you have some luck with the cortifoam!
I'm definitely doing better with my flare since I started back on it. It's usually really works for me, so I hope you have the same good results.

I really, really recommend acupuncture and/or hypnotherapy, if you can find the right practitioners. I think the hypnotherapy can be great. You learn how to relax your body in such a deep way. It's something that you can really benefit from forever. There are studies (out of UNC-Chapell Hill and also from the UK, I don't know where) that proved that hypnotherapy helped sufferers of IBS. They haven't, as far as I know, done studies with colitis patients, but from my own experience, I would assume the studies would show the same good results.

I think you should try it! Let us know how it goes.
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UC for the last ten years
Current Meds: 6MP since 2006, Lialda, Asacol foam, Lomotil
Past Meds: You name it; I've tried it. (Asacol, Colazol, Pentasa, DiPentum, Rowasa, Canasa, Cortenema, sulfasalazine, Cortifoam)
Alternative treatments I have had success with: Acupuncture, Hypnotherapy


jeanneac
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   Posted 4/29/2009 7:53 AM (GMT -6)   
I found what I thought was a good acupuncturist and she got to where she didn't want to do acupuncture at every session. She would give me these homeopathic meds that were expensive, so I quit going. Plus, I read the label on those meds and some had small doses of arsenic and such. I am not going to put that in my body. There is one in the small town where I live and I think I will try him. That reminds me that I have had good results with massage therapy. I need to give that a try again.
This is such a wonderful site. I appreciate how supportive the people here are. I have learned so much more than from the healthcare providers. We need it with these diseases. God bless!
diagnosed 1/09 with colitis,54 yo, colazal, fish oil, synthroid, cymbalta

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