medication & UC progression

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   Posted 11/19/2007 8:31 AM (GMT -6)   
I know that UC is a disease and is something that we have to live with forever but my question is this:

-by taking medication does this help aid in slowing the spreading of the disease? I know that it can't cure it but does it help in-turn of not letting it spread or do we take medicine just to help keep us in remission etc?

Please add some clarification for me.

2400mg of Asacol daily = (6) 400mg pills)

20mg of Prednisone daily = (2) 10mg split in two doses pills- currently tapering every 5-7 days)



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started Prednisone & Asacol on Thursday 10-4-2007

10-22-07- coming out of about an 8 week flare (my first one ever)

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   Posted 11/19/2007 10:57 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey. Sorry I can't help w/ the question but can you limit your signature to 10 lines or less per forum rules??? Just helps w/ space on the forum. Thanks!
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   Posted 11/19/2007 12:55 PM (GMT -6)   
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 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!!)
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   Posted 11/19/2007 1:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Uc progression is one of those things that many can't predict if it's going to happen or not even when taking medications. If you are genetically going to have progression then 5-ASA meds can help slow it down but even that's not a guarantee. However, not everyone that has UC will have their UC spread. Some may only have it affect their rectums for the rest of their lives and that's it. I am in the category of the people that is prone to have it progress and by taking my medications, I believe I halted it from spreading further - but once again, it's one of those things - Was I destined for it to stop left sided??? I dunno, but I do know that medication (or some of them anyway) help me from crawling in a corner and wilting away! The medications we take is to keep our inflammation down so it can help us lead "normal" lives.
~Left sided Uc -'92 - Colazal (9 daily), 6mp (50-75mgs), Prilosec, Biotin, Forvia, Pro-Bio, Hydrocortisone enemas**Unable to tolerate Asacol, Rowasa or Canasa** 
~Allergies - Singulair, Astelin(got the script - just haven't tried it yet!)~
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