when I was first dx'd I took Rowasa nightly for two weeks and sulfasalazine (I don't remember the dosage) for 6 years. The Rowasa gave me immediate improvement (my UC is in my rectum).
Then Doc changed me to Asacol one year ago, I took 2400mg 2xday, it was great, and I did not have to take it w/food. Noticable difference between sulfasalazine and ascaol to me, my pee was not super yellow any more and I did not have to take it w/food, made it a little easier. Also, Doc told me to take Calicum + Vit D 500 mg 2xday, said I needed to while on Asacol.
A few weeks ago, I started Lialda I take 2.4mg 1xday. Basically same as asacol but instead of taking pills 2xday, take them 1xday.
I did not take all my pills as prescribed while on Asacol and am on week 10 of taking my meds like I am supposed to and working on coming out of a flare, doing much better but still not completely there yet. That's why he put me on Lialda, so it would be easier to take all my meds 1xday rather than 2xday and not miss them.
UC Diagnosed March 2000
Lialda 2.4mg 1xday since 8/24/07 (prev. Asacol 4800mg day)
Calcium and Vitamin D 500 mg 2xday
Simvastatin 20 mg 1xday
Diovan 80mg 1xday (dx: hematuria w/proteinuria): I have normal blood pressure, this is for my kidney - waiting for a dx.