I believe you can take up to 12 asacol per day and I agree with maybe trying that???? CRP is something I'm not up on either -- the Aza (imuran) from what I understand is something that is prescribed when alot of the "trial and error" routes have been exhausted. It is a heavy duty drug and one that made the difference for my husband but you are nowhere near what he was going through when it was finally decided he needed to go on it.
Now if he was put on it sooner might it have prevented such an awful flare???? I don't know the answer to that. Maybe your Dr realizes a pattern developing with you and wants to head it off????
Obviously don't take our advice exclusively - discuss with the Dr and do as much research as you can.
Such a shame that there is not a specific consistent way to treat this for everyone.
61 yr old male~Colitis 1st diagnosed Jan '05-cleared up within a few wks. Flared again in May '06 (now UC) & hospitalized 5/07-currently heading towards a remission. Osteopena of spine from prednisone DX 8/07 Oct 07 feeling quite normal most days. 150mg Imuran 15 mg prednisone & tapering, 12 Asacol, Lidocaine Hydrochloride Jelly 2%,multi vitamin, iron 1X day, DanActive, chewable calcium, Prilosec 20mg, enalapril 10mg, glipizide 5 mg, zocor 20 mg, baby aspirin, (Fentanyl pain patch 50mg 72 hrs Morphine Sulf 15 mg twice daily)Cortifoam enemas AM & PM, folic acid 1mg, Fosamax 1x month