Amy and uclife:
My original doc (a general GI doc) when right for the Remi when the IV steriods didn't get me out of my first flare. I had been admitted to the hospital for about 10 days and they were really pushing surgery on me and I didn't want it.
Fast forward to May 2009, I switched to an IBD specialist because the doc was still pushing surgery on me and I knew there were other options out there. The new doc says lets give Azathioprine (Imuran) a try. I'm on the 5th week of that now, off Prednisone for about 2 weeks now.
I am pretty good. I still have nicely formed stools and about 3 times each morning. (my pre-UC standard) I do have a bit of urgency, but I don't really know if that isn't just me having a bit of anxiety.
The new doc originally suggested we try Humira but it isn't approved in the US for UC yet (hopefully it will be soon) so my insurance won't cover it.
Hope that helps guys!
Age 34, Diagnosed with UC September 2008
Started Azathioprine 100 mgs 6/22/2009 and Apriso 4 tabs daily 6/11/2009
Biotin 5 mg
Vitamin D 2,000 IU per day
Calcium 1500 mg per day
Flaxseed Oil 2000 mg per day
Also tried: Remicade, Asacol, Rowasa, Cantasa, Prednisone 2 times for about
3 months each