Posted 4/1/2013 5:36 PM (GMT -6)
Just checking in, I haven't been here in a while. Luckily been in remission since my last flare in November 2011.
I've looked at my flare history since dx in 2006. I was dx after quitting smoking (presumably nicotine elimination triggered my original symptoms, that's what my GI doc thinks as well). Since dx, my only flares have been the result of taking antibiotics. I didn't start probiotics until after my last flare, and already in remission.
I've been able to completely eliminate my Rowasa enemas, and I'm currently taking generic Colazal (2 @ 4xday). I'm also taking a probiotic (Nature's Bounty advanced probiotic 10) once daily, along with assorted other meds (multivitamin, water pill for mild hypertension, Dexilant for reflux, and calcium supplements). I currently eat a normal diet with no elimination of any specific foods, and based upon my past experience I don't believe I have any food intolerances of significance impacting my UC.
So, here's my question: if I wanted to experiment with trying to taper down/eliminate the Colazal, I'm struggling with what to add. I don't want to just throw darts but at the same time, I don't want to risk a flare (because I HATE prednisone with a passion). I considered bumping up my probiotic to 2 or 3 a day, and at the same time starting to taper off the Colazal one pill at a time per week over a course of 8 weeks. Is that too fast? Does anyone have any recommendations? Do I need a stronger probiotic?
Any advice would be welcome! Thanks!!