The usual course that my GI takes is to begin the 6MP while still on the prednisone. It usually takes anywhere from 3 to 6 months to "kick in". I am presently in a flare but trying my darndest to stay off the prednisone this time. It took me seven months to get off it last year and my last dose was on Nov 1st of 08. I'm taking 50 mgm of 6MP and nine capsules of Colazal daily. When I started showing symptoms of a flare (mucus in stool and urgency), I began the Cort enema nightly and Canasa suppository in the morning. I went to my GI doctor last Wednesday and on Friday he performed a sigmoidoscope. Yep, definitely flaring (well duh) and now I am bleeding because of the scope. He did take a few biopsies which I am glad. He informed me to insert the Cort enemas nightly and in the morning and to forego the Canasa for the time being. I return to him on the 23rd to find out the results of the biopsies.
I just read your meds. Ask your doctor if you could switch from the Rowasa to Cort enemas. They are a steroid but only treat the rectal area and not as bad as taking prednisone. Why are you taking Sesame Seed capsules?
62 yr old granny. South Jersey
Diagnosed with ulcerative proctitis in 1998 in hospital
Hospitalized (2nd time) in May 2008
Meds as of June 09: Colazal (6 per day), 6MP (50 mgm), Probiotic (upped to 3 per day), Fish oil capsule, calcium, multivitamin, Cort enema nightly, Canasa in morning. Also taking Benicar and Toprol to control high blood pressure. Getting old is a b****.