BM changed to liquid after using Rowasa

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Max3732
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   Posted Today 6:37 PM (GMT -6)   
I had a sigmoidoscopy done and it turns out I have mild inflammation, so my doctor suggested using Rowasa for at least a week. They gave me something called mesalamine, which I'm guessing is the same thing. I used it and was able to hold it the entire night, so of course I was expecting liquid when I went this morning, but when I went at night it was still liquid.

Before I used it everything was perfectly formed with some blood as the only symptom, so this change is a little disturbing. I also hear my stomach gurgling a little. Is this normal?

Aside from the enema, I'm using 100mg of 6mp and 7.5mg of coumadin.

Old Hat
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   Posted Today 7:35 PM (GMT -6)   
It sounds like you've been given the generic mesalamine retention enemas rather than the brand-name, which is Rowasa. Some of us posting here have had issues with the generic; though they're supposed to be the same as Rowasa, they may have different inert ingredients. As for liquid bms after use, yes, Rowasa does that-- it doesn't fully absorb like steroid enemas do, so you'll have some liquid sloshing around in your left colon that mixes with stool. I always disliked that aspect of the med & managed to mitigate it somewhat by eating a serving of plain boiled rice daily while on it. My gastroenterologist, who sub-specializes in IBD treatment, said it's common for patients using it to experience liquid bms. / Old Hat (30 yrs with left-sided UC ... [etc.])

Max3732
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   Posted 6/21/2009 12:35 PM (GMT -6)   
I feel a little better that its normal to have this happen, but is it going to happen every time now that I'm on this? I have to provide a stool sample tomorrow so I hope it won't be a problem that its liquid now. I had rice with lunch today also bought rice krispies which I've heard are also good.

Old Hat
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   Posted 6/21/2009 3:10 PM (GMT -6)   
RE cold cereal made of rice, puffed rice is the absolutely safest if you're flaring-- no added ingredients. But I do all right with Cheerios & lactose-free milk. The most recent helpful side dish I've found is plain couscous-- seems very soothing to the gut & stays put. The fine variety (sometimes called "French") has been available in the U.S. for many yrs & more recently, the bigger dots, too (called Israeli or Moroccan). It seems very easy to digest. On the other topic: good luck with your sample! If you can't get it, you've got the med to blame so the doctor can't fault you on that! / Old Hat (30 yrs with left-sided UC ... [etc.])
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