After nearly 20 years with a Crohn's diagnosis, my new GI last year told me I have UC and it is absolutely obvious from colomoscopy, not that this matters, seems that the treatment is about
the same. After a good long few years ofr remission, I have had a major flare, 1200 mg Asacol didn't control it, dietary methods didn't help, and I refused prednisone based on a terrible experience (anxiety disorder plus all the usual stuff) and after a sigmoidoscopy revealed a severe flare (left side) on Tuesday, my GI was insistent I try both Purinathol and Uceris. He had written me a scrip for Purenathol two months ago but after reading the side effects, I was too spooked to fill it. I had never heard of Uceris before this and wondered why he didn't mention this when I was last in the office.
In any case, I filled the scrips this time after a desperate week (spent time in restroom at Fenway Park McCartney concert, not the ideal way to see what is left of the Beatles) and most of the first act of a play in the restroom Tuesday night, leaving at intermission. Since I could barely make it to the bathroom from my bedroom some mornings, I felt that the time had come to try it. They had to order both scrips but did accept the $25 coupon on the Uceris web site at CVS, a happy surprise.
I started the imuunosuppresive Wed am and am already freaked out that the side effects such as hair loss will happen, but the Uceris was amazing, took first one Wed am, already was better by this am, second one today and was able to make it through my first Zumba class in a week. So far so good!