Hi..I was diagnosed 20 years ago (but obviously had it longer)...my meds are oral/rectal 5-ASA.
Flares have never been as bad as when I was initially diagnosed...the first 3 years were really the learning process in using my meds effectively.
My flares are now confined to the lower rectum, so in effect....the medications is what's helped to keep it there. As well, my last c-scope 2 years ago was truly unremarkable...meaning no precancer/cancer but with slight inflammation at 2 inches of the rectum. I was elated and defiitely attribute it to being faithful in use of the 5-ASA meds.
I have ups and downs, and I know I'll be a med-lifer. I'm hoping the 5-ASA will serve me forever, but this has been a really tough go emotionally for me as of late, and the effects have truly gone to my butt. Maintenance rectal med scheduling is getting closer together, but I'm learning that the twice a week enemas are the optimum because my emotional state is never static (as much as I try).
Welcome to the forum Adam1184.....
*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 !!!