It is indeed a corticosteroid. I have only used them intermittently, but I have not had the side effects with them that I did with oral prednisone. In my last flare, when I was tapering off prednisone, every time I would lower the dose, I would start bleeding again. These enemas were the thing that did the trick and allowed me to finally stop taking prednisone.
I'm sure that there are risks and side effects that are similar to those associated with prednisone, but it looks to me like they're a faster route out of a flare, which would mean, ultimately, less exposure to the drug.
With oral prednisone this time, I got *every* side effect. Last time, all I got was some anger. This time, everything. So if the steroid enemas can cause problems, I'll probably get them this time. I'll keep you posted
dx April 2009 (1 week before a breast cancer dx) with "Mild to Moderate" UC.
4.2 g Lialda
Corticosteroid enemas as needed
mesalamine enemas as needed
Renew Life Ultimate Flora 80 billion
Psyllium Husk caps (9/day); Bromelain; Turmeric
other digestive enzymes, fish oil, cal/mag, multi vitamin
levoxyl for thyroiditis; buspar, wellbutrin; lexapro