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   Posted 5/2/2009 10:00 AM (GMT -6)   
I started 6mp a couple weeks ago and i have terable cramps now is that normal.  Like everytime i go #2 it is not formed at all now.  Like diarea or even looks like powder in the bottem of the bowl.
Another question is was i suppose to keep taking the asacol.  I stoped that when i started the new drug the never told me and i just assumed.
What is the best thing to use for coverage.  I here some people use panty liners which ones are big enough to get good coverage.

Rio in Maryland
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   Posted 5/2/2009 10:31 AM (GMT -6)   
I didn't stop taking Asacol when I started Azathioprine, especially as Azathioprine/6MP can take a while before it kicks in. So you should call your doctor to ask whether you need to still be on Asacol.

Have you tried taking any rectal meds as well?
Rio, 33 year old male. Diagnosed with UC in 2006
100 mg Azathioprine, 4800 mg Asacol
VSL#3 x 3 times a day, Metamucil wafers
Vitamin E enema or Mesacol/Asacol enema at least once a week
Spinach & sunflower seed diet

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   Posted 5/2/2009 12:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi..have you tried any rectal meds in the past?

You might consider to add a fibre supplement to help bulk the stool and form it a bit a sense, it does help slow down the bms a bit.

But, you'll still have to deal with the flare and since it'll take a while for the 6mp to kick in, maybe ask the doc for rectal meds.

What dosage of Asacol are you on?

When were you diagnosed?

*Heather* Status: mild flare enemas tapered to every 2nd night
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~UC meds: Asacol (3 x2 daily); Salofalk enemas nightly for flares & taper to maintenance 
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed; Ranitidine (reflux);  Effexor XR 75mg(depression);  Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma) 
~vitamins/minerals/supplementsProbiotics....(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 !!!

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   Posted 5/2/2009 5:11 PM (GMT -6)   
i was doagnosed in 03 they said that my colon had shrunk in size and lenght and that they couldn't get the scope past a certain point.
Asacol i was taking 3 pills twice a day but forgot alot of the time.
i have tried retcal meds and thought they did help for a while but then it seemed they weren't doing to go. I have hdroycortozone ones left i could use (month supply) and the mesalaine ones to. Do i need to alter doing one one night and the other the other

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   Posted 5/2/2009 5:34 PM (GMT -6)   
I just started azathioprine 3 days ago and my doctor told me to stay on Asacol (6 pills 2x/day) and I take 10 mg of prednisone also and use proctofoam at night. I was taking 20 mg of pred but I was having some sort of intolerance/reaction to it so im trying 10 mg/ day for now until I go see him again. I was told that azathioprine can take 2-6 months to kick in and help with flares so to keep on the other stuff so your flare doesn't become to bad. The only thing for me taking azathioprine is to remember to go get the blood tests every 2 weeks to make sure your WBC is at an ok level.

Diagnosed with Crohns in October 07
Diagnosed by new dr with Ulcerative Colitis 03/09
Colonoscopy on 4/23-diagnosed with severe ulcerative proctitus
12 Asacol/day
proctofoam at night
prednisone (10 mg)
Azathioprine (50 mg)
Waiting to feel healthy again....

Post Edited (lovemyboys09) : 5/2/2009 6:56:37 PM (GMT-6)

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