Lialda vs. Asacol is tough.. First of all, Lialda is Asacol stuffed into one pill -- this means that one Lialda is equal to 3-4(?) Asacol pills. It's supposed to be 'once daily' but I couldn't take all 4 Lialda at once. I had to space them out, even though my doc didn't think that made a difference... Well, when I took all 4 Lialda at once I had bleeding pretty bad. As soon as I spaced them out during the day I was completely fine.
I started out taking 16+ Asacol a day right after my colonoscopy diagnosis. I was on that from June - November 2007. I remember over Thanksgiving, my aunt(a GI doc) suggested I try Lialda. The Asacol was working for me, but I think my body was all weird with taking 16+ pills of just the Asacol a day. I had some blood during those times even though I was only going to the bathroom 'normal' regarding the frequency. Lialda brought on horrible headaches after a while, and I am happy that my dose has been cut in half this year because of the Imuran. So, I was good with the Lialda for a while until I randomly started a flare. That was before I knew a lot about
this, and I think I ate some food that I shouldn't have. I was on Entocort + Lialda for nearly a year when my headaches got bad.
Entocort (budesonide) is a steroid, specifically a synthetic corticosteroid. My cousin, who has Crohn's, had a ton of success with it. My other cousin, who has UC, also had success with it. I had great success with it without the nasty side effects (minus headaches after being on it for a year). Lots of information spots say an 8 week run with it, and up to a 3 month run with it. As you have probably read, a lot of us here have been on steroids at some point for 3 times longer than what is recommended. As with any steroid, there are risks with Entocort as well. I was scared to take it...but I wanted my life back more, so I just did what I had to do when diet modifications/natural remedies would not work.
I have eliminated a lot of stress in my life because my well being depends on it. This means avoiding certain friends (yes, I know it's bad, but they know why I do it) because they are drama magnets. Before UC I was stress free, no anxiety or anything like that. UC has made me worry, but I am working at calming that down on my own.
Hope that helped...even if it's long winded.
22 years old
Diagnosed with moderate/severe UC June 2007, I've had it since December 2006.
Haven't been on here in a while (finally graduated college).
Update as of 5/26/09 - Now taking Imuran 100mg/day.
Vitamins - Caltrate+D, iron, A, B12,
Flintstone Complete+iron, and aloe vera pills/juice.
At least I'm off the Entocort. =]
Post Edited (laura220) : 8/14/2009 7:55:25 PM (GMT-6)