Hi Christine...my doc prescribed it 20 years ago. I would think the first prescript
ion may not have any refills in case it doesn't help, but I have refill requests with no problems.
If I would use more than the prescribed amount, the pharmacy would probably not refill it unless a call went in to have the prescript
ion changed. Seems the computer counts every little pill, etc. (just a personal rant regarding how the pharmacy I go to measures stuff)..lol.
You should request the lowest dose pill amount and ask the doc what's the most you can use it daily...that way, he'll at least give you a good amount, even if you don't need it to that extent. Better than the doc not giving you enough and you using too many..etc. The lowest dosage pill amount is 10 mg....and I believe it can be prescribed up to 4x daily....
It works well, and yes...it can leave you feeling mildly tired if you aren't busy....you can take it maybe half an hour before you eat to help cramping, etc.
*Heather* Status: maintenance Asacol 6 daily + Salofalk enemas every 4th night
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~UC meds: Asacol (3 @ 2x 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....(RenewLife Ultimate Flora Critical Care + Primadophilus Reuteri). @ 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 !!!