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Date Joined Sep 2007
Total Posts : 343
   Posted 11/10/2007 1:25 PM (GMT -6)   
Well, I used the last of my Asacol, now I'm starting this. Since my new Insurance won't cover Asacol. I hope it works for me, otherwise I don't know what I'll do.

<FONT color=#0000ff>Bad flares Guniess & hot wings

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Date Joined Apr 2004
Total Posts : 23551
   Posted 11/10/2007 1:43 PM (GMT -6)   
I will keep my fingers crossed for you :)
Left sided Uc -'92 - Colazal, Canasa, 6mp, Prilosec, Biotin, Forvia, Pro-Bio 
Allergies - Singulair, Astelin(got the script - just haven't tried it yet!)
Secondary Reynauds Syndrome - '04 - Norvasc
Fibromyalgia - '06 
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Date Joined Oct 2007
Total Posts : 89
   Posted 11/10/2007 2:02 PM (GMT -6)   
I've flared three times and it's been helpful for me. I hope it works for you too!!!
Current Prescriptions:
40 mg 30 mg Prednisone per day, 1 x per day
Sulfasalazine, 3x per day
   1500mg @ Breakfast, 1500mg @ Lunch, 1000mg @ Dinner
1 Mesalamine Enema per night

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Date Joined Jul 2005
Total Posts : 1614
   Posted 11/10/2007 4:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Good Luck and let us know how it works for you
Diagnosed July 2005 with Pancolitis
Asacol 4 tabs 3 times daily
Currently in Remission

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Date Joined Jul 2007
Total Posts : 2148
   Posted 11/10/2007 7:58 PM (GMT -6)   
worked the same as Asacol for me, just made my pee really yellow and had to take it w/meals. So wish I could be on that rather than Imuran.
Beth, 32
UC Diagnosed March 2000 (30 cenitmeters)
Azathioprine 150mg 1xday nightly;Remicade tests pending;Hydrocortisone enemas 1xday;Calcium and Vit D 500mg 3xday, Multi Vit, Folic Acid 400mg 2xday, Potassium 600mg 2xday, Probiotics.
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.

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Date Joined Apr 2006
Total Posts : 229
   Posted 11/10/2007 9:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Has worked for me for over 20 years. Very cheap, I buy 3 months requirement  of the generic at a time (my insurance doesnt cover meds either) for under $75.00.  Make sure you follow the instructions about exposure to the sun, it definitely made me more sensitive wear long sleve shirts and or potent sun screen.

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Date Joined Mar 2007
Total Posts : 157
   Posted 11/11/2007 12:20 AM (GMT -6)   
I would love to try sulfasalazine as it is also an antibiotic, however the prospect of developing Stevens-Johnson Syndrome or TEN scares the **** out of me.

Post Edited (Delarge) : 11/10/2007 10:39:49 PM (GMT-7)

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Date Joined Sep 2007
Total Posts : 343
   Posted 11/11/2007 12:39 PM (GMT -6)   
What is that? I never heard of that??

<FONT color=#0000ff>Bad flares Guniess & hot wings

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Date Joined Dec 2005
Total Posts : 3238
   Posted 11/11/2007 12:57 PM (GMT -6)   
I have never heard that before....interesting. I have always heard Sulfasalazine as a maintainence med option.
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100mg Azathioprine, 2 Fibercon, Colazal-6 a day, Acidopholis Pearls, Prilosec OTC
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Date Joined Apr 2007
Total Posts : 459
   Posted 11/11/2007 2:58 PM (GMT -6)   
It worked for me for about 5 years and then it was no longer effective. It also messes up your  skin during the during the hot African summer days and I am black

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Date Joined Mar 2007
Total Posts : 157
   Posted 11/11/2007 3:59 PM (GMT -6)   
sodbuster19 said...
What is that? I never heard of that??

If you're referring to my post, Stevens-Johnson Syndrome is a painful and rather dangerous skin condition that can be induced by sulfasalazine (amongst other antibiotics; cipro, penicillin, et cetera). Mind you the chance of onset is extremely thin, and if no sensitivities arise within the next few weeks of use, you will be fine.

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Date Joined Jun 2007
Total Posts : 75
   Posted 11/12/2007 11:39 PM (GMT -6)   
I took sulfasalazine for several years and it always controlled my symptoms.  I switched to Asacol 18 years ago after being in an investigational study for FDA approval for Asacol.  One possible side effect from sulfasalazine is a reduced sperm count and I don't remember my Dr. mentioning it when I took it.  My wife and I were trying have another child back in the 80's and just couldn't seem to get pregnant.  My wife mentioned the meds that I was taking and her obgyn said that the sulfasalazine could be preventing a pregnancy.  After switching to Asacol for about 6 months my wife became pregnant so I think that this side effect is usually reversed when you stop taking the drug.

53 yr old male, UC since 1978
800mg Asacol x 3 daily
Forteo(for osteoporosis)
600mg calcium + 200 iu Vit. D x 3 daily
Advicor(for cholesterol)
Sub-total colectomy with ileo-sigmoid anastomosis

Regular Member

Date Joined May 2006
Total Posts : 260
   Posted 11/13/2007 12:05 AM (GMT -6)   
As you can tell, many people had success with sulfasalazine, but I wasn't one of them.  My system was very sensitive to it, and made the UC symtoms alot worse.  After 2 days I had to go back to Asacol (though I just started Lialda yesterday).

---Nathan---  31 yr old male
Diagnosed May 2006 w/severe UC (pancolitis)
Currently in mild flare
2 400mg Asacol 4X day
10mg 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

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