Ok, so I know that GIs say that just because you see the Asacol capsules in the toilet doesn't mean that it's not dissolving, that it's just the shell. However, I'm not convinced that mine are always dissolving. A few times, I've carefully fished a capsule out of the toilet (gross, I know, but they were on the surface, I used TP, and I washed VERY well afterward) because I noticed some white stuff leaking out of the capsule. After fishing them out, I smooshed them around with TP and found that there was quite a bit of white stuff (I assume it was a powder before it got wet) left in the capsule.
Has anyone else had this happen? If so, have you talked to your GI about it and what did they say?
I see my GI again in early June and I plan on talking to him about this and seeing if he thinks it would be worth trying Apriso as it starts dissolving at a lower pH. My symptoms aren't that bad right now (loose, non urgent BMs 4-6x/day) and I can function normally, but I probably still have some inflammation, which I'd rather not have as I assume continuous inflammation increases the risk of colon cancer.
Symptoms began in November 2008, ~4 weeks after giving birth to my son.
Eased for ~3 weeks in December, possibly b/c of probiotic use?
Returned in January 2009 (with a vengeance), diagnosed with pancolitis on January 30.
Currently taking Asacol (400mg 4 pills 3x daily), Rowasa nightly, Culturelle probiotic, and Zoloft (25 mg).