Canasa Suppositories

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UCJuly2007
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Date Joined Aug 2007
Total Posts : 95
   Posted 8/26/2007 1:04 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey Guys!
New here, have posted some, and I am always reading the posts. 
First, I thank all of you for your knowledge and support.  You have definately been able to shed light on this disease that has shaken my life up tremendously.  I was diagnosed July 18, and basically have been flaring since the beginning of June.  Married with a 1 year old and soon to be 4 year old, work full time with a VERY understanding Supervisor, just to give you some bio. info.
 
Question, when do the suppositories start to work?  I really don't know what I mean by that.  I took a list of questions to the doc on August 17 and one was about enema's/suppositories.  He chose the later, and so I have been using 1 nightly.  I have forgot to put one in the last 2 eveings.  2 strikes on me.  I still am bleeding.  Sometimes the blood is minimal and then other times there is a lot.  Doc says I am getting better, but I was just so sick in my entire colon and was really inflammed in my rectum as well.
 
I do know I am improving, I would say I am at about 75% now.  If you can put a percent on how you feel.
Any input would help.  Thanks!
 
Smiles,
29/F Diagnosed UC July 18, 2007 
Meds: 6 Asacol 400mg Tab
         6 5mg Prednisone total 30mg (down from 40mg)
         1/2 30mg Tylenol #3
         1 1000mg Canasa Suppository
         1 Calcium 500+D
         1 Cerovite Vitamin and Mineral Supplement
         1 325mg Ferrous Sulfate
 
 


Red_34
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   Posted 8/26/2007 1:51 PM (GMT -7)   
Is your inflammation still thru out your entire colon? Or is it limited to the rectum at the moment? The reason I ask is that if your entire colon is inflammed, then the enemas would help you better then the suppositories but if your flare is only rectal then the suppositories should help. I have been on Canasa for about 3 months so far because the majority of my flares are only rectal now and it took about a week of consistant use to see a real difference. Now I only use them when I feel the need or every other night.
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UCJuly2007
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Date Joined Aug 2007
Total Posts : 95
   Posted 8/26/2007 2:11 PM (GMT -7)   

We feel that it is probably mostly in the rectum now since that was so inflammed at the time of my colonoscopy.  He said that normally he puts the scope in and turns it around, but in my case he could not get it turned around.  I don't know though.  A good day of bathroom is loose/formed maybe 4-5 times with some blood, but I still have days that I am going 8+ times.  This is so new to me!!!

 


Smiles,
29/F Diagnosed UC July 18, 2007 
Meds: 6 Asacol 400mg Tab
         6 5mg Prednisone total 30mg (down from 40mg)
         1/2 30mg Tylenol #3
         1 1000mg Canasa Suppository
         1 Calcium 500+D
         1 Cerovite Vitamin and Mineral Supplement
         1 325mg Ferrous Sulfate
 
 


Wiped Out
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Date Joined Jun 2007
Total Posts : 71
   Posted 8/26/2007 6:56 PM (GMT -7)   
Since having a major flare last year I have had 2 or 3 minor flares of the rectum, the last one about a week ago.  The diarrhea was so severe, it was like having the dry heaves of the rear end.  I started the Canasa and it is calming down now after 4 days.  The other meds don't seem to reach that far so I "treat both ends"  when needed.  
 
Left-sided UC Diagnosed 2004
Iron Deficiency Anemia Diagnosed 2007
Indeterminate Dysplasia Biopsy Result 2006   
Colazal  -  2X3 daily 
Entocort - 2 daily
Nexium
Folic Acid 
Ferrous Sulfate - 325 mg X3 daily
Vitamin C - 500 mg 
Canasa - As Needed
 
 
 
 


quincy
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Date Joined May 2003
Total Posts : 29852
   Posted 8/26/2007 7:09 PM (GMT -7)   
The suppositories can be used 3 times daily .... I wouldn't think that once a night would be considered treatment. The enemas would still be a better option because it can reach higher throughout all the rectum and into the sigmoid...as well, it's a higher dosage of med, concentrated on the most difficult area to treat.

Wiped-Out....if you had diarrhea...your inflammation is a tad higher than just the rectum. Consider to use the enemas...or if you're averse to them, even consider to "stack" two suppositories at night and one in the morning.

I can relate to the heaving butt syndrome..ugh!

quincy
*Heather*Status:mini flare June 23* 6asacol daily+ Salofalk (tapered every 3rd night)
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~5ASA: Asacol + Salofalk enemas (increase for flares tapered to maintenance)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed
~vitamins/minerals 
~Probiotic 2 (Natural Factors Protec) + 1 (Primadophilus Reuteri) at bedtime
~Natural Factors Multi Digestive Enzymes with supper
~Ranitidine,Pariet (reflux) Effexor XR 75mg;  Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma)
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS"  worth it !!!


Wiped Out
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Date Joined Jun 2007
Total Posts : 71
   Posted 8/26/2007 8:57 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Quincy,
I have a colonoscopy scheduled in a few weeks so I'll know where I stand (or sit).
 
Left-sided UC Diagnosed 2004
Iron Deficiency Anemia Diagnosed 2007
Indeterminate Dysplasia Biopsy Result 2006   
Colazal  -  2X3 daily 
Entocort - 2 daily
Nexium
Folic Acid 
Ferrous Sulfate - 325 mg X3 daily
Vitamin C - 500 mg 
Canasa - As Needed
 
 
 
 

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