Several years ago, I stopped taking my Asacol and I didn't notice any change for about 6 months. Then all heck broke loose, I was thrown into a major flare and found out that my Uc had spread from sigmoiditis to left sided with inflammation to the top of the left side of the colon (forgot what this called). The flare started out mild and then one day I woke up with extreme pain, D and blood. So, even if you stop your meds and feeling fine, doesn't mean that something is not brewing in there. But there is also a benefit of staying on a 5-ASA is that it helps reduce the chance of colon cancer.
Now my flares, range in symptoms really but the main symptom now is constipation. I never had that in the past but I found that if I drink plenty of water, use my rectal meds that things get better. Or if I am not having symptoms other then constipation, I sometimes use Miralax to help things along.
~Left sided Uc -'92 - Colazal (9 daily), 6mp (50-100mgs), Prilosec, Biotin, Forvia, Pro-Bio, Colocort**Unable to tolerate Asacol, Rowasa or Canasa**
~Allergies - Singulair, Astelin(got the script - just haven't tried it yet!)~
~Secondary Reynauds Syndrome - '04 - Norvasc~
~Fibromyalgia - '06~
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