Posted 12/15/2007 8:44 AM (GMT -7)
I'm not totally sure what the differences are between Colazal and Asacol. They're very similar and are released in the colon, but for some reason different people react to them differently. It may have to do with the other substances used to bind the medication, or where exactly they dissolve in the colon. I seem to recall my doctor explaining that Asacol acts primarily in the sigmoid and rectum, whereas Colazal acts throughout the colon, but I may be mistaken about that. I'm on Colazal because Asacol increases my D. Others are on Colazal because Asacol didn't work well enough for them.
Our meds tend to be a trial-and-error process, finding out what combination works for each person. Do take a note pad along when you go to the doctor, and if you aren't sure what she's saying, ask. In my GI's office the appointment clerk always asks if you have any questions, and will call the nurse practitioner to talk to you if needed. If you find when you get home that you're confused, call the office and ask.
Remember, your daughter is watching and learning from you how to advocate for herself. She may tell you to butt out one of these days and take over for herself. Kind of like how we carry them when they're small until our arms hurt, then they learn to crawl and push us away. It's growth for them, but it still hurts.