Going through a flare up

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Vitor Moreira
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   Posted 9/4/2009 1:20 AM (GMT -6)   

after 3 and a half years im going through a flare up. My doctor put me on 30mg pred from between 12 hours of interval and salofalk 4g enemas in the night, and told me to stop taking asacol during this period.

Do you think that i should take asacol or not?



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   Posted 9/4/2009 1:23 AM (GMT -6)   
Your doctor told you not to? Why don't you just listen to the doc?

Vitor Moreira
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   Posted 9/4/2009 1:26 AM (GMT -6)   
i listen, and stopped the asacol.

I just wanted some more opinions on the subject.

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   Posted 9/4/2009 6:08 AM (GMT -6)   
My doctor hasn't had me stop the asacol even when other meds were added, but maybe your doc thinks you've developed a reaction to it. I would call and ask for some clarification, because I find I respond better when I am completely "on board" with the doctor's logic and strategy.
Diagnosed UP 1983, Azulphidine
Diagnosed UC 1986 Prednisone almost 2 years
Asacol - 16 pills a day
Metamucil - 2 doses a day
Cortenemas or Rowasa from time to time
VSL#3, Ultimate Flora Critical Care
Flax Seed Oil
Bee propolis as of 9/2
Canasa as needed

Vitor Moreira
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   Posted 9/4/2009 6:24 AM (GMT -6)   
Well, he said that 4g Mesalazina via enema, and 2X a day 30mg de Pred is more than enough at this stage, and i will resume the asacol as soon im feeling better and reduce de pred.

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   Posted 9/4/2009 6:52 AM (GMT -6)   
My doc generally has me stop the 5-ASA meds too when I am on prednisone. I don't know why. I always go back on when I am tapering down from the pred. Good luck...it sucks to have a flare.
UC since 2002- had remission for 6 years
recent flare 05/09- severe flare- pancolitis
Currently trying lialda and not sure if I like it, multivitamin, probiotics, fish oil, iron supplement
 tapered off prednisone 8/21/09

Rio in Maryland
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   Posted 9/4/2009 8:44 AM (GMT -6)   
I haven't heard of stopping asacol when on prednisone, but maybe he is recommending stopping asacol because you are starting 4mg salofalk enemas -- which are mesalamines as well.
Rio, 33 year old male. Diagnosed with UC in 2006
Azathioprine (stopped), 4800 mg Asacol
VSL#3, Metamucil
Vitamin E enema or Canasa/Mesacol suppository occasionally

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   Posted 9/4/2009 9:47 AM (GMT -6)   
Never have stopped the asacol, even when I was using the enemas too. Upped it, in fact.
49 year old female attorney, diagnosed UC/pancolitis 1985. 
Asacol maintenance for 20+ years; 
Prednisone & Rowasa for flares. 
Food sensitivity test by Naturopath showed wheat/gluten, other intolerances, helped some. 
Remicade started April 2009 (Humira denied) and doing great~ learning what normal is~ wow

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