Definitely it helps....the 5ASA meds are baseline, both oral and rectal (rectal is what most seem to ignore)...keeping the colon in a quiet state is really the goal so that when it does react, it's not doing so in a big way.
Not all can use 5ASA meds....but I can share my success with them for coming up 19 years in January.....my flares have never been as bad as when I was diagnosed..the first year was quite up and down....but my last c-scope in Sept was A++ with slight redness 5cm at the rectum. Thank you 5ASA meds.
*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
~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 !!!