Hey, 20 years and I still don't "like" having to use them.
You may have the urge to go....but give it a minute to grunt and groam and squeeze your sphincter as tight as you can and wait for it to pass. It will.
Make sure you lay on your left side to administer it....have a garbage bag beside you to put the spent bottle so that you don't have to get up or move.
You might feel the urge to go in the middle of the night...depends on how much inflammation is in your rectum and how fast it reacts to that type of pressure (of what's in the rectum from the med).
If you were able to hold it in for a half hour....it will still do some good...the next night may be better.
I will avoid pred forever if I can...you want to take it. It's not really a med to help you for all your flares for the rest of your life, I would advise you rethink the strategy of treatment. Kudos for your doc to prescribe Rowasa...some docs don't even do that and go for pred first-line..what's with that???
You will have to use the enemas nightly for until you are "normal" and you should taper them to a maintenance dosage...I have a good process for that, so can make suggestions if you hang tough through it.
Oh, welcome to the forum!!!
Where in the colon is your UC...throughout or limited?
12 is the highest dosage of Asacol...with the enemas you will probably be able to taper that dosage down a bit as well.
Keep us posted as to how the first night goes....
*Heather* Status: maintenance Asacol 6 daily + Salofalk enemas every 3rd 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/supplements; Probiotics....(Natural Factors Protec, Primadophilus Reuteri Pearls). @ bedtime
~various digestive enzymes as needed
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS" worth it !!!