I was diagnosed with UC earlier this year. I was on 60mg prednisone & asacol. Then did a rapid taper with dr.'s orders off of the pred. He switched me off of asacol to Lialda. I had a flare with days of the first taper off of the pred. so went back to 40 mg and then started a really slow taper after a month of 40mg. Within 2 weeks of being off of the pred. early this fall, I started to have another flare. Dr. put me back on 10 mg and 4 tablets of Lialda. I wasn't getting any relief and was going down hill rather quickly. He didn't want to put me back on a high dose of steroid since it didn't work well the first 2 times. He told me that I would have to start taking azathioprine now. I have not liked ONE thing that I have read about
that drug. I started to take matters into my own hands. Started drinking 6 oz. a day of mangosteen juice, taking probiotics, changing my diet. And with that I started seeing improvements in a matter of a couple of days. Within 10 days, I had no pain, no blood, no loose stools. My GI dr. asked what I was taking that I was same as symptom free. I told him about
the juice and he had never heard of it and just laughed it off. Well that didn't sit well with me. I went ahead and started taking the azathioprine, but am not going to take the 200 mg that he wants me too. I am now thinking about
quitting it cold turkey myself, but want to find out if anyone else has ever done that with that drug. I have only been taking 100 mg. for 2 weeks so think that if I quit it now, I won't be bothered much from it. I fully believe that there are more natural and safer ways for those of us with UC to control our disease. I am going to continue research and try new things and will share any good things that seem to work for me with all of you. I feel so grateful that I have found a place where everyone else knows what I am dealing with. So my first suggestion is to try mangosteen juice....I highly recommend that for a start. I can help anyone who has never heard of it, get some. Am researching a baking soda treatment and aloe vera treatment and will share what I find with that.