Currently on Lialda, doesn't work unless I'm on 10mg prednisone. I asked my Dr if I could try Colazal, but he told me to stick to the Lialda. I used Asacol 400 for many years before it was discontinued.
My situation is very similar to yours. Asacol 400 worked well for many years, and the Dr. was convinced its replacement, Delzicol would offer identical results. Delzicol didn't work, and made my stomach upset enough so that I was not interested in eating. Next up was Lialda, which had pretty much the same effect.
Colazal (its generic actually) has worked great though. I've been pleased with the results.
I wanted to try Asacol HD, but my Dr.'s nurse told me that my insurance rejected it. However, I called my insurance company just yesterday, and it turns out that they were waiting for the Dr. to return a form indicating why Asacol HD was medically necessary. Seems my Dr.'s nurse lied to me.
Also, my Dr. was reluctant to let me try Colazal because it's an "old" drug and Lialda is newer and therefore better. I'm glad that I learned of Colazal from this forum, and for not letting my Dr.'s advice rule the day.
For full disclosure, I've never had to take pred, and have left-sided UC.
45 yo male. First diagnosis 1995
Current flare started Nov 2013
Colazol 3 x 3/day (it's working)
Canasa suppository nightly
Lialda and Delzicol: discontinued due to stomach reaction and they weren't helping
Uceris 9mg, Entocort 9mg (U didn't work, E did): discontinued due to skin "medication eruptions"
Nicorette may have helped some symptoms, but not enough to continue its use
Post Edited (artvark) : 3/4/2014 12:53:06 PM (GMT-7)