I heard that Uceris is more effective for left-side colitis.....does anyone know if that is true?
It works from the ascending colon all the way to the rectum. That's how it was explained to me.
Also - do you have to taper down on it?
According to my GI no. I took it for 8 weeks and stopped.
My story was I started with 60 mg Pred, I was diagnosed with Pancolitis on 2/28/2013. I had left sided colitis a year before. I was wearing diapers. 60 mg Pred didn't do a lot, in fact I was still bleeding. I asked my GI for Uceris and he agreed to it. He told me he only had one patient on it before and it was unsuccessfull. I wanted to try it anyway.
He let me taper down the pred while I was taking Uceris. In about
2-3 weeks my bleeding stopped. I was also put on Imuran. While building Imuran up I took Uceris. My symptoms subsided and I was able to stop Uceris after 8 weeks.
I build up Imuran to 150 mg. So far so good. No symptoms yet. Solid stool, no blood, just a little mucus in between which subsided fast (ate gassy food).
Uceris is after Remicade my second favorite drug and my GI was very happy and surprised how well it worked for me.
Diagnosed with UC in '02
Past treatments: Prednisone, Mesalazine, Azathioprine (1.5 year semi-remission), MTX, Sulfasalazine, Remicade (2 year remission), Humira, Entocort, LDN, Uceris, Colazal
Last coloscopy on 2/28/2013 showed pancolitis