Thought I would start a new post to answer your question about Colazal. My GI doctor explained that the Colazal is better for ulcerative proctitis than the Asacol as it treats the lower portion of the colon. I cannot remember exactly how it works. Honestly, the only med that does help me achieve remission is the prednisone. Unfortunately, for me and you...it does raise the blood pressure. One of the reasons I had to be hospitalized last year was the fact that my blood pressure went up to 210/110 even on my blood pressure meds while on 30 mgm of prednisone. They had a heck of a time trying to get it to come down. I was on heavy doses of 3 different blood pressure meds. Very, very scary. However, after I was discharged I called my cardiologist (I am not a heart patient but used to have palpitations until I went on Toprol xl). He suggested taking a water pill. Well, duh, none of the doctors could figure that out while I was in the hospital? The cardiologist explained that the prednisone was making me retain fluids and therefore all those blood pressure meds couldn't do the trick. Perhaps you should mention this to your doctor. After starting the water pill, I was able to cut back on the blood pressure meds.
The Colazal does not keep me in remission. I have suffered yearly flares for the past five years. I also am on 6MP. I have had UC for over ten years. I went to a GI surgeon last year after my hospitalization for another opinion. I am not a candidate for surgery yet and he thinks I will be just fine. He also said that the 6MP and Colazal are HELPING me. The fact that my colitis has NOT spread to the other portions of my colon is a good sign that the meds are doing their job. So there you have it. Hope this was of some help. OH..another important suggestion. Cort enemas help me a LOT while flaring.
62 yr old granny. South Jersey
Diagnosed with ulcerative proctitis in 1998 in hospital
Hospitalized (2nd time) in May 2008
Update 11/03/08...finally in remission!! Hope I don't jinx myself. Off the prednisone since 11/01/08...now see if I can stay off for longer than two weeks. Other meds: 6MP (75 mgm), colazal (6 per day), Benicar and Toprol (high blood pressure meds), Probiotic (2 per day), fish oil capsule and multi-vitamin and calcium with vitamin D.