I've been wondering about
this for quite some time now. I've tried researching this but this ole foggy brain just can't comprehend all the medicalnese on most of these websites. So I was wondering if someone can help me out here in plain english.
What is the difference between all the 5-ASA's? What I'm looking for is what does Asacol, Rowasa and Canasa have that Colazal does not. Or visa versa. What exactly is the difference between a mesalamine and a basalazide? If it's the carrier in which it's dispersed, what is that carrier? I'm looking for a technical answer that a layman can understand.
I am trying to find the culprit that causes me distress with mesalamines so I can take it to my doc. Because he thinks that since I can tolerate Canasa that I should be able to tolerate Rowasa. But truthfully, I think I'm starting to have an adverse reaction to Canasa now too. Because I didn't take the suppository for 3 days, had good solid bms only 1 or 2 times a day. And last night I did a suppository (for maintenance) and I have already been to the bathroom 5 times with mush and pain (no bleeding though). He also says that Colazal is basically the same as Asacol - I only know that they are both 5-ASA's but I want to know the chemical differences. Because obviously there has to be a difference if one is basalazide and the other mesalamine right?