That's a bunch of crap that Asacol will only help once you're in remission. I was in a HORRIBLE flare (15-20 episodes of urgent diarrhea a day) and have pancolitis (whole colon inflammed), and nearly got into remission using Asacol and Rowasa. However, I then got a tummy bug that threw me back a few steps, and my doc and I decided it was time to just get me well, so I did a pretty short course of pred and achieved remission.
As to what's left, I'd do your own research so you know. The ccfa.org website has a lot of good info, so I encourage you to go there. It's really a good idea to know as much as you can about
UC and its treatment options. Lomotil will only help to curb the diarrhea; it won't help you get into remission. What about
rectal meds; have you been prescribed ANY of those?
I'd really think about
finding a new doctor. It seems this one is too concerned about
getting patients to participate in drug trials. I mean, it's important to have drug trials, b/c that's how new meds get approved, but nobody should ever be forced/coerced into participating in one. That's unethical. I'd definitely complain to the state medical licensing board.
Status: Remission since late May 2009!
Symptoms began in November 2008, ~4 weeks after giving birth to my son.
Diagnosed with pancolitis on 1/30/09
Currently taking Asacol (400mg 4 pills 3x daily), Rowasa twice weekly, Natural Factors Ultimate probiotic 12/12 Formula, and Zoloft (25 mg).