Where is your UC located? If it is in the rectum, ask your GI doctor if he has some Cort enema samples he can give you as you have no insurance at this point. Chances are, he will be glad to help you out. I know my GI will gladly give out samples to patients in need of these meds.
I was on 40 mgm of prednisone for a week and tapering by 5 mgm weekly. Presently taking 35 mgm along with 100 mgm of 6MP, Cort enemas nightly, Canasa suppository in the morning and nine Colazal capsules per day. My nutritionist recommended Power-Dophilus probiotic by Country Life. I think I order it through Vitacost.com. Look through the sites and try to find one with free shipping. I believe it cost something like $12 for 200 capsules. I take 2 daily and one fish oil capsule too.
Baloney on what your GI said about spicy. I learned the hard way. We were camping up in PA for a few weeks the end of May, enjoying too much of the "good life", going out to Italian restaurants, etc. Well...a bit too much pizza and ravioli at one of the BEST Italian places we could find and WHAMMO...two days later...MAJOR FLARE. I also have to stay away from caffeine while flaring and I love my cup of coffee in the morning. So right now, I am being very good. Eating low residue foods, lots of fish, soft vegetables, yogurt. I put Silk in my rice cereal with 1T of Red Mill ground MEAL flaxseed and a T of honey (breakfast).
A word to the wise...stay away from green chilis..lololol.
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****.