I don't know about
Pentasa; however, I'm not taking Lialda, Asacol, or Colazal when I'm in remission mainly because they can cause kidney and liver damage over the long term. Your boyfriend should really think about
trying a daily probiotic and natural anti-inflammatories, such as turmeric and ginger. However, it is his body, and he is the one with the condition. If he doesn't want to, then he doesn't want to. I'm having trouble myself trying to convince my boyfriend to see a chiropractor for his back.
I agree about
the food journal. If he is having diarrhea only 1-2 times a week and it seems to be food related, then he should try to figure out what foods are giving him issues. Some possibilities are: roughage, wheat, yeast, gluten, lactose, fructose, artificial ingredients (MSG, HFCS, artificial sweeteners), processed packaged foods... However, again, the ultimate decision is his.
Perhaps, you can tell him about
this forum and that it has some very informative information from people who have UC just like him. Let him get involved in the forum and make his own decisions about
how he wants to handle his disease. After all, a person will be more motivated if they are the ones making the decision.
Colitis is in remission. No longer get IBS.
Figuring out how to reduce a flare or get into remission is a trial and error experience. Don't expect your GI to have all the answers. He was trained in making diagnoses, prescribing medications, and surgically removing the colon. He was not trained in alternative treatments. That's why they are called alternative treatments.
What works for me: Fecal transplantation, Probiotics, Anti-inflammatory foods, No HFCS, No crystalline fructose, No foods high in fructose, No artificial sweeteners, No pro-inflammatory foods when flaring, vitamins & supplements, Lexapro (for stress).