Can I "double" my enema treatment?

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Date Joined Aug 2009
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   Posted 9/4/2009 9:39 AM (GMT -6)   
I've been doing Hydrocortisone enemas for the last 9 days, and most of the time I'm only getting about half of the bottle. I'm still retaining it, and I'm showing some progress, but I was wondering if I could increase the efficiency by using the other half at another point during the day. Would this be bad for my health at all? I wouldn't be exceeding the amount of one bottle, just splitting the full amount into two sessions during the day.

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Date Joined May 2003
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   Posted 9/4/2009 10:11 AM (GMT -6)   
Yes, that's a good regimen if you're not opposed to using the enemas twice a day.

At least you'll be getting the full amount

*Heather* Status: ...Asacol 3 twice daily; Salofalk enemas every 3rd 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/supplementsProbiotics....(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 !!!

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Date Joined Aug 2009
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   Posted 9/4/2009 11:35 AM (GMT -6)   
I think it's a great idea. Sometimes my doctor has asked me to do them twice a day (whole bottle each time) - but if you're only getting half the bottle at night, this way you'd be getting the whole amount, divided.
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

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Date Joined Apr 2008
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   Posted 9/4/2009 3:18 PM (GMT -6)   
I am using them twice per day at the moment.  Whole bottle in the morning and then again at night.  Never done this before but it seems to be working.  At first when using it in the morning I would stay in bed until about 1 but then when I got up I would go straight to the loo.  But now after 3 days of using them I am getting up at 1 and being able to retain.  I am so excited that this is working for me and I might get past a flare up without having to take oral pred.  This has never been possible for me before. 
Good luck everyone in your UC battles.
33 year old female
UC diagnosed 2001
Asacol 6 per day
Azathioprine 100mg started 4/08

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