I've been on it for quite some time and no bad effects. Doesn't do the trick totally though, still trying to taper of the Prednisone and I've had two Remicade infusions, but the effects of that seem to go away after about a month. I have three weeks to go til my next one.
As far as compliance, the mid-day dose seems to be the one most easily missed. I take my meds at 6 am, 2 pm and 10 pm. I set my PDA alarm for the 2 pm does and just take the others when I get up and when I go to bed, as that's usually close enough.
As far as the colon cancer, don't let your doctor scare you. Yes, your risk is higher, but since your under the care of a GI and will be getting more frequent colonoscopies due to your diagnosis, you're much more likely to have anything that developes detected early and taken care of than someone without UC or Crohns who is scared to have a colonscopy and thus may be beyond help when their problems are discovered.
My GI starts about every visit by telling me UC is "curable," I just have to have my colon removed. I still like him as my GI, but to me that's not a cure. Yeah, I have a hangnail, just amputate my toe. I know a lot of people here are thrilled and living great lives without their colon, but I'm a long way from being ready for that. Wow, I am soooo digressing.
Diagnosed UC April 27, 2006
Remicade: 1st infusion 7/21/07; 2nd infusion 8/18/07
Colazal three 750 mg capsules 3X day; Protonix;
Prednisone 4/27/06-present; failed at every taper attempt until Remicade infusion. Currently alternating 5/0 mg;
Xanax; Rowesa; Asacol; [2/22/07 started Imuran, off within two weeks due to bad reaction]