Posted 2/14/2013 8:18 AM (GMT -6)
I did a search and read every article I could find on the subject. I found quite a bit that helped, but there is still one question lingering. Has anyone taken enteric coated sulfasazine for years then told to go cold turkey and put on balsalazide?
Here's the story: I've taken sulfasalazine for about 4yrs. I had no cramps and somewhat loose stool while on the sulfasalazine. This last summer was great, but as fall came near and thus the holidays, it meant more contact with irritating family members and along came a small flare. My GI put my on Prednisone to stop the flare and it worked at first but by the time I was down to one pill a day I was bleeding a lot more. I started to have pain in what he told me was the ilium. He scheduled me for a CT for January 28th along with blood and stool tests. I am negative for C-diff and still waiting on the other tests. He also put me on balsalazide. For 4 days everything was fine, but now 10 days later on balsalazide and I'm back in a full on flare. I have severe cramping, blood, mucous, unable to eat, unable to make it to the toilet, the whole enchilada.
I was just wondering if I should stick with this and hope it kicks in or call the doctor? I have no side effects from the drugs. My urine is crystal clear(was muddy gold on the sulfasalazine)and my stool is a "normal" color....as normal as bloody diarrhea can be anyways. Is this drug even working?? My guts feel like I'm inside a microwave.