Have any of you had success by changing medications? I've had UC for almost eleven years now and flares seem to be getting closer together and tougher to treat. My GI doctor has had me on a steady course of Colazal (actually Balsalazide) since 2000 after deciding that the Asacol was not the way to go because me UC is located in the rectum. He has never mentioned Lialda, Humira, Entocort (or is Entocort an enema?) At the moment, I am in the fifth week of a flare, 20 mgm of prednisone (just read over the horror stories, so decided NOT to increase it), 100 mgm of 6MP (doc increase this last week from 75), Cort enemas, Canasa and of course the Colazal. No change in five weeks. He brings up Remicade from time to time but like I mentioned in previous posts, I am not a candidate for it being exposed to the TB virus back in the 60's I test positive for it on my skin tests. Even his associate said NO WAY to Remicade.
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****.