your personal Asacol daily dosing schedule

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icanrace
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   Posted 10/19/2007 5:11 AM (GMT -7)   
what does your daily dosing schedule look / looked like?

I take (3) 400mg 2x per day.

I'm interested in knowing yours.
Prednisone 10mg (1.5) tabs twice per day for one week- (then dr. wants an update) started Thursday 10-4-2007

Asacol 400mg (3) tabs twice per day- started Thursday 10-4-2007

-just came off Sulfasalazine (2) 500mg tabs twice per day


tjf
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   Posted 10/19/2007 5:18 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm on colazal but I will answer. When in remission I take 6/day. 2 in the morning, 2 after lunch and 2 after dinner. If flaring I up it to 9/day.
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UCreallySUCKS
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   Posted 10/19/2007 5:24 AM (GMT -7)   
2 Asacol 4X per day.  In the morning when I wake up, around 11am, 4pm, and again before I go to bed. (as long as I remember to take them anyways)
---Nathan---  31 yr old male
Diagnosed May 2006 w/severe UC
Currently in mild/moderate flare
2 400mg Asacol 4X day
20 mg Prednisone
1 multivitamin/day
2 grams calcium/day
75mg Imuran/day
100mg Tramadol/day for abdominal pain (as needed)
1 Fioricet ever 4 hrs as needed for severe migraines


icanrace
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   Posted 10/19/2007 5:55 AM (GMT -7)   
I think I'm going to start going 2,2 & 2 instead of 3 & 3.
Prednisone 10mg (1.5) tabs twice per day for one week- (then dr. wants an update) started Thursday 10-4-2007

Asacol 400mg (3) tabs twice per day- started Thursday 10-4-2007

-just came off Sulfasalazine (2) 500mg tabs twice per day


Zurich
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   Posted 10/19/2007 6:01 AM (GMT -7)   
I take two Asacol (400mg) three times a day.  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.  You know, I was just reading a research article I found the other day on how Asacol was found to be extremely effective in preventing colon cancer.  But the research was done using 4,500 mg a day.  So that is almost 12 pills a day which I believe is the maximum dose of Asacol.  So, I don't how effective my little six pills a day do for preventing colon cancer.  But, something to think about, Zurich
 
 
 

therearemiracles
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   Posted 10/19/2007 6:12 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm curious to know if you have side effects? Are you tired all day long?

I had the Rocephin shot and 2 weeks of Omnicef, this helped with my bloating and digestion. That was 4/15/07
Had Cipro and Predison for 10 & 5 days, 7/3/07
Colonoscopy & Endoscopy 7/27, Left sided colitis and near cecum (mild)
Had a shot of steriods for my ear inflammation 8/31
Stopped Colozal 9/11/07 started back 9/16 symptoms came back, canasa at night
On Standard Process supplements, trying a new protocal from a
natural path as of 9/10/07
 
 
 


icanrace
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   Posted 10/19/2007 6:24 AM (GMT -7)   
no sides here at all with Asacol.
Prednisone 10mg (1.5) tabs twice per day for one week- (then dr. wants an update) started Thursday 10-4-2007

Asacol 400mg (3) tabs twice per day- started Thursday 10-4-2007

-just came off Sulfasalazine (2) 500mg tabs twice per day


Zurich
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   Posted 10/19/2007 6:33 AM (GMT -7)   
No, I don't get tired from it as far as side effects go. I don't worry about side effects of it as much as the effectiveness of the drug itself on the disease. I am not saying that these 5ASA drugs are the cure all for IBD. We are prescribed to pop a lot of pills on a daily basis and its not for a short term period, its for a lifetime. So I look for the long term advantages to these drugs. Perhaps it may reduce the risk of colon cancer some day.
Zurich

Snooker
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   Posted 10/19/2007 6:43 AM (GMT -7)   

I take 6 pills in the morning and 6 pills at night.  I used to take 4 pills 3X/day, but my doc said I could do it the other way.  No side efffects and I'm not tired at all.....

 

m


36 yr old female
 
Diagnosed 7/2002
Currently taking:
 
Asacol:  6 pills/2 X a day
Canasa:  as needed
Super B Complex Vitamins
Flinstones Complete
Calcium 1000 mg/day


FosterDad
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   Posted 10/19/2007 6:55 AM (GMT -7)   
2pills 4x/day, and im always tired.  Might be the pred.


Just diagnosed Aug. 14/07
Asacol 8 / day (5-Aminosalicylic Acid 400mg)
Pred. 50mg
Cortafoam (butt mousse, not emima)
Florastor Probiotic


therearemiracles
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   Posted 10/19/2007 6:56 AM (GMT -7)   

gosh that's so good to hear, but for me, I have taken asacol, pentasa and colozal and every time, I have diarreah, headaches, and I'm so tired that I don't get off the couch. Right now I'm on supplements from a Naturalpath Dr. and I've been off meds for 18 days so far. Do you think the medication is out of my system? I'm getting better slowly, each day. No blood at all anymore. The explosive diarreah is gone too. I still have diarreah every day, but stool too. Yesterday when I was driving I felt the diarreah hit a nerve in my butt and I though oh no I'm not going to make it. I was calm and this is huge for me. I had no problem driving another 10 miles to a gas station. Before, I would have never had made it pass the "oh no" feeling. I'm driving my car these days and not thinking about my butt or a bathroom, this is huge! When you committ to a natural pathway, you have to give it 4 months at least to see a big improvement. I've been on my supplments one month and one week and off meds 18 days. I am starting to feel better as a whole. My main thing was my nerves. I was in this cycle worrying about my butt, then it would effect me gut and then I would have to go to the bathroom. Brain, butt and gut and I feel like the cycle is breaking.

 

 


I had the Rocephin shot and 2 weeks of Omnicef, this helped with my bloating and digestion. That was 4/15/07
Had Cipro and Predison for 10 & 5 days, 7/3/07
Colonoscopy & Endoscopy 7/27, Left sided colitis and near cecum (mild)
Had a shot of steriods for my ear inflammation 8/31
Stopped Colozal 9/11/07 started back 9/16 symptoms came back, canasa at night
On Standard Process supplements, trying a new protocal from a
natural path as of 9/10/07
 
 
 


quincy
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   Posted 10/19/2007 7:23 AM (GMT -7)   
3 pills twice daily for over 18 years. No side effects.

q
*Heather*Status:mini flare June 23* 6asacol daily+ Salofalk (tapered every 4th 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 !!!


dakotagirl
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   Posted 10/19/2007 8:58 AM (GMT -7)   
Six Asacol pills twice a day.

I'm always tired. Not sure why or from what.
Pan-colitis and GERD diagnosed May 2003
 
Asacol 12 per day,  Azathioprine 75mg, Rowasa and Canasa as needed
Aciphex, Effexor XR, BCP, Rhinocort nasal spray
Forvia and a Probiotic
 
Osteopenia (hip and spine) from prednisone use.  Started Azathioprine because I was steroid dependent.
 
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expecting226
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   Posted 10/19/2007 10:35 AM (GMT -7)   
4 pills, twice per day. I used to take 12 pills, and those were 4 pills, three times per day.
Current Medications:
- Asacol (4 pills, 2x per day)
- Rowasa (1 enema daily, as needed)
- Folic Acid (1 mg, 1x per day)
- Calcium (600 mg, 2x per day)
- Prenatal Vitamin (1x per day)


Sara14
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   Posted 10/19/2007 10:36 AM (GMT -7)   
4 pills, 3 times a day (around 7:30 a.m.; 3:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.)

I am always tired, too (and lately nauseous), but I don't know why.
23 years old
Diagnosed with UC March 2007
Current inflamation in the rectum
Asacol 4 tablets 3x/day
Rowasa (generic) - nightly
Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri 1/day; Chewable multivitamin; experimenting w/fiber supplements (Metamucil and Fiber Choice); Viactiv (Calcium and Vit. D) for Osteopenia; ground flaxseed


SDM
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   Posted 10/19/2007 11:39 AM (GMT -7)   
Quincy, are you taking 400mg or 800 mg pills? I have the 800mg pills. My doctor had me on a maintenance dose of 1 in the morning and one at night but I increased that to 3 per day when this flare started and may need to increase it again. If taking 1600 mg per dose isn't too much, I may just start taking 2 twice per day.
Sandra, age 34
 
Diagnosed December 2006 with UC (proctitis)
Currently in flare since Aug'07
Asacol (800mg x 2) increased to 800mg x 3 due to current flare
Salofalk suppositories as needed
Multivitamin
Vitamins E, C, B complex, magnesium
Omega 3/6 supplements (500mg x 2)
Probiotics
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


Beth75
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   Posted 10/19/2007 11:40 AM (GMT -7)   
when I was on it I loved it, did not bother me at all. I did 2400mg 2x day for two years. (well not always 2x day I would forget the second part a lot).
Beth, 32
UC Diagnosed March 2000
Imuran 100mg 1xday;Remicade tests pending;Hydrocortisone enemas 1xday;Lialda 2.4mg 1xday since 8/24/07 ;prev. Asacol 4800mg day
Calcium and Vit D 500mg 3xday.
Minimal Change Disease (Kidney Disorder) Diagnosed Sept 2007
Prednisone 60mg 1xday, Simvastatin 20mg 1xday, Diovan 80mg 1xday. Fosomax 70mg 1xweek. MCD may be from hypersensitivty to 5ASA drugs.


kb5
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   Posted 10/19/2007 2:24 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey all...

I take 4 asacol at 8am, 4 at 2pm, and 4 at 9pm.

I am always tired but I think that is more UC than meds...I have never had any side effects from asacol, wish the same could be said for pred.
Kelly, 29

Left sided UC diagnosed 1/98 age 19, Pan colitis diagnosed 1/07
Currently on 4x3 Asacol, Rowasa every other night, 15 mg pred. until immuran kicks in...
75mg Imuran starting 8/23/07---bumped to 100mg 10/8/07
Prontonix once daily for acid reflux, zofran twice daily for nausea


quincy
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   Posted 10/19/2007 3:11 PM (GMT -7)   
SDM said...
Quincy, are you taking 400mg or 800 mg pills? I have the 800mg pills. My doctor had me on a maintenance dose of 1 in the morning and one at night but I increased that to 3 per day when this flare started and may need to increase it again. If taking 1600 mg per dose isn't too much, I may just start taking 2 twice per day.

Hi..I take the 400mg dosage...so that's 2400mg daily.  3200mg dosage is equal to 8 400mg.  I was at that dosage once..increased from 6 to 8 for about 4 months..then tapered back down to 6.
 
I don't see that you're on the retention enemas...you should...really...give them a shot.  The 3200mg is good for treatment for oral..plus the rectal.
 
What are your symptoms at this time? 
 
q
*Heather*Status:mini flare June 23* 6asacol daily+ Salofalk (tapered every 4th 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 !!!


SDM
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   Posted 10/19/2007 3:34 PM (GMT -7)   

I haven't used the enemas but I am using Salofalk suppositories.  Are the enemas more effective than the suppositories? I had tapered them down to every other night but my symptoms are coming back so I'm back to every night.  I have also increased the Asacol to 3200mg as of today (was at 2400mg). 

My flare is still moderately under control but I can feel things getting worse daily since I quit smoking on Tuesday.  Before Tuesday, I still did not have formed BM (since this flare started in August) but at least no diarrhea...usually 2-3 a day and no visible bleeding.  Today the diarrhea is back (4-5 times today) along with the gurgling stomach and nausea.  So I fear things are about to get worse again.  sad

 

 


Sandra, age 34
 
Diagnosed December 2006 with UC (proctitis)
Currently in flare since Aug'07
Asacol (800mg x 2) increased to 800mg x 3 due to current flare
Salofalk suppositories as needed
Multivitamin
Vitamins E, C, B complex, magnesium
Omega 3/6 supplements (500mg x 2)
Probiotics
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


munchkindd
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   Posted 10/19/2007 4:45 PM (GMT -7)   
I take 3 tabs 3 x a day. Also doing night cortenemas for 14 days, then once every other night for 14 days. This is after coming off 30 days of prednisone. 3 days after I came off the prednisone tabs, guess what, same o'l crap (literally). Here's hoping the enemas will help and I will be changing to azulfidine as soon as I see my doc. The asacol does not seem to be absorbed all the time...

potty girl
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   Posted 10/19/2007 5:39 PM (GMT -7)   
I take 2 morning 2 afternoon and 2 at bedtime when in remission when Im flaring I take 3,3,3, 400 mg tabs.
Rona

synthroid .088 mg, lowpressor 50 mg x 2, cozaar 25mg x2, imdur 30 mg
nitroquick, proventol, plavix 75 mg, protonix 40 mg x 2, asacal 400mg x 9
carafate 1 gm x 4, zyrtec 10 mg, rhinocort aqua nose spray, fish oil,
potassium.


BumTum
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   Posted 10/19/2007 6:01 PM (GMT -7)   
3 with breakfast- 3 with supper.
  • Pancolitis since 5/06 at age 50, IBS since childhood
  • Degenerative Disc Disease/Spinal Stenosis - L4 and L5
  • Prescribed: Asacol, Atenolol, Zoloft, Synthroid, Menest
  • Prescribed: Xanax & Hydrocodone as needed
  • OTC:  Probiotic 15-35, Multi Vitamin, B Complex, Turmeric, Fish Oil, Biotin
 
 
 


riversprite
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   Posted 10/21/2007 4:41 AM (GMT -7)   
I just started last week on Asacol.  I am taking 4x 800mg pills a day.
35yo female from Canada
-diagnosed with UC Sept 28, '07 (2.5weeks ago!) and hospitalized on the same day
-just home from the hospital now recovering
-taking prednisone, asacol, cal/D, multivitamin and researching what to do next!


masscs
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   Posted 10/21/2007 6:54 AM (GMT -7)   

I was on 4 (400 mg) of Asacol 3 x a day but since I started my flare a few months ago, doc increased to 5 Asacol 3 x a day.  I haven't noticed any side effects of that specifically.  Again, it's hard to tell when you're taking so many drugs.

 

 

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