I'm also creating a separate thread to list the article citations and abstracts for bbc to make sure she (sorry if you're a he!) sees them, but will also post them here. I didn't have a lot of time to search, but here are two I found:
Effect of weekend 5-aminosalicylic acid (mesalazine) enema as maintenance therapy for ulcerative colitis: results from a randomized controlled study.
Yokoyama H, et al.
Inflamm Bowel Dis. 2007 Sep;13(9):1115-20.
BACKGROUND: 5-aminosalicylic acid (5-ASA) is known to be effective in the treatment of active ulcerative colitis (UC). The aim of the current study was to investigate the effect of 5-ASA enemas, as a maintenance therapy for UC, when administered twice weekly as a weekend treatment regimen, compared to daily oral 5-ASA alone. We hypothesized that the weekend enema therapy would be better tolerated by patients who worked or attended school. METHODS: Between January 2004 and August 2005, patients with UC, in whom remission of the condition had just been induced, were randomly assigned to either: the weekend 5-ASA enema group (n=11), who received 1 g 5-ASA enemas twice a week on Saturday and Sunday plus oral 5-ASA 3 g/day for 7 days, or to the daily oral 5-ASA use only group (n=13), who received only oral 5-ASA 3 g/day for 7 days. The primary endpoint of the study was defined as the incidence of relapse. The study was stopped after 24 patients had been enrolled because an interim analysis showed a significant benefit of the weekend 5-ASA enema group. RESULTS: In the weekend enema group, 2 patients (18.2%) had relapses compared with 10 (76.9%) in the oral 5-ASA only group. The multivariate hazard ratio of relapse associated with weekend 5-ASA enema, relative to the oral alone group, was 0.19 (95% confidence interval, 0.04-0.94). CONCLUSIONS: This study demonstrated the beneficial effects of adding weekend 1 g 5-ASA enema to daily 3 g oral 5-ASA as maintenance therapy for UC.
Long-term intermittent treatment with low-dose 5-aminosalicylic enemas is efficacious for remission maintenance in ulcerative colitis.
Piodi LP, Ulivieri FM, Cermesoni L, Cesana BM.
Scand J Gastroenterol. 2004 Feb;39(2):154-7.
BACKGROUND: The standard remission maintenance treatment for ulcerative colitis (UC) is 5-amino-salicylic acid (5-ASA), given orally and topically and in different doses, with various frequencies and duration of administration. Both the efficacy of long-term intermittent therapy with low-dose 5-ASA enemas in preventing UC relapses and its economic implications were evaluated. METHODS: In accordance with a prospective case control study, 42 adult UC outpatients (29 M and 13 F) were treated with 5-ASA tablets (1.6 g/day) and 5-ASA enemas (2 g/50 mL) twice weekly, and 42 concurrent UC outpatients, matched for sex, age, extension and duration of disease, received only the oral therapy; the median treatment period was 6 years. RESULTS: There was a significant reduction in the number (42%: P = 0.034) and incidence of relapses (43%: P = 0.022) in the patients receiving combined oral + topical 5-ASA, who also had a significantly higher cumulative probability of not experiencing a first relapse (P = 0.001). There were no dropouts or side effects. Local therapy increased drug costs, but decreased the costs of relapses by 48% and completely precluded hospitalization costs. CONCLUSIONS: The scheduled oral + topical 5-ASA treatment, at the lowest cumulative topical dosage tested over the longest known observation period, is efficacious in improving clinical outcome and decreasing overall costs in UC patients.
Status: Remission since May 2009!
Symptoms began in November 2008, ~4 weeks after giving birth to my son.
Diagnosed with pancolitis on 1/30/09
Current meds: Apriso (4 0.375g pills ONCE!! daily), mesalamine enema twice weekly, Natural Factors Ultimate probiotic 12/12 Formula, OrthoNovum, multivitamin.