I have seen a slight improvement already on the Colazal. My symptoms before the Colazal, and when I was on 12 Asacol a day, were BM's 4-6 times a day (including having to get up once or twice at night) and slight bleeding and mucous. Since getting on Colazal, I'm not having to get up at night and the BM's are not as loose. However, I still have the need to run to the nearest rest-room asap whenever I have the urge to go, and I have to get that under control.
It's definitely a good idea to call and make sure that they intended for you to take only 3 colazal per day. It seems I'm the only person around here on such a high dosage of Colazal and I probably should call my GI specialist too, to re-confirm this. (Or it could just be that your GI specialist is an optimist and mine is a pessimist.....!)
Rio, 31 yr old male - diagnosed with UC in 07/2006.
Alternative therapies for several months (SCD, ayurvedic treatment, VSL#3): didn't work and became anaemic. Canasa, 2 daily: remission for a month then flared-up.
4800mg Asacol (6 x 400mg, twice a day) & Aloe Elite.
Completed first (6-week) tapered course of Pred in 10/07, flaring up since coming off it.
Currently on: 12 x 750mg Colazal (6 - twice a day).
Diet: Cut out caffeine and alcohol after diagnosis. Been vegetarian for many years. Low dairy, low carb, and avoiding foods that are processed, fried, spicy, acid forming, fungal, contain yeast (i.e. I don't have a life, but desperate times call for desperate measures!).