Hi...the codeine is what's masking symptoms.
Use the Canasa 3 times a day....especially since you've only got 15cm inflammation.
Yes, you're making excuses. And what's worse, you're also making a decision to not use the meds properly.
What I find interesting is that you have diarrhea....to me, that says your inflammation is higher than just the 15 cm? When was your last c-scope?
The asacol comes in a foam in the UC and in Australia from what I've read....so, ask the doc for that.
The steroid topical (entocort oral and rectal) meds have about
10% absorbed into the bloodstream via the colon....so, if you're not wanting to do the steroids, make the commitment to the rectal 5ASA meds.
I think, personally, the enemas are better because of maximising the dosage into the area that tends to be the most inflamed and most stubborn, regardless of how high it goes.
I don't "like" using the rectal meds either...even after almost 19 years, I still grumble. It's not a big deal...and it's done its job considering the last c-scope.
Attitude is key, and to me since you're already on immunosuppressives, your ignoring-simple and-easy-to-use-with-least-side-effects-especially-if-you-can-use-them....can only lead you to a more intense med scenario in th future.
Sticking a med up your butt that can help is a very SMALL price to pay...if it works.
*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 !!!
Post Edited (quincy) : 11/22/2007 1:04:12 PM (GMT-7)