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Ethancrane posted:
Dear friends,
I was recently prescribed TEVA Mesalamine Suspension Treatment (Enema) to treat potential colitis. (Note: I have had the condition for two years and a sigmoidoscopy suggests that I have colitis in my descending colon).
Initially, the doctor mentioned that I would not have any side-effects from the medication. However, after I took the enema dosage at night time, I developed "wetness"/moisture accumulation in my ears. I ignored the side-effect the first time, however, the second night I took the enema, I once again accumulated wetness/moisture in my ears and ALSO developed slight fever and was extremely lethargic.
I recovered at approximately 5 pm (following the night of treatment) and ceased taking the medication.
I promptly notified my doctor regarding my condition. He recommended that I take alternative medicine: 1) Steroid suppository (Proctosone/cortisone) OR 2) Asacol (pill).
I was wondering:
- if anyone else experience similar reactions using TEVA Mesalamine Enema
- if 1) Steroid suppository (Proctosone/cortisone) OR 2) Asacol (pill) is normally recommended to treat colitis
- at what point does a doctor recommend colonoscopy to rule out possibility of ulcerative colitis
Thanks,
Ethan
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sheba_q responded:
Hello again

I haven't heard anyone having trouble with enemas, although that doesn't mean it never happens. Steroids (basically anything ending with 'sone') are a short term treatment to get things under control. The side effects from taking them for a long time can be really nasty. You need to take a long term maintenance drug, usually starting with the 5-asa drugs - Asacol being one of them.

I was initially diagnosed with probable ulcerative colitis/possible Crohn's by sigmoidoscopy. It wasn't until the 10 year mark that I started getting a colonoscopy. Why does your doctor say you "may have" colitis? Did he take biopsies? That should be able to say plenty, even if only the first part was scoped.
 
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arbob2 replied to sheba_q's response:
I used the mesalamine enemas for a short time with not much success, simply because I couldn't retain the "stuff" for very long. It was a waste of money for me. I think I retained it only once for the entire night. Usually within one hour of inserting it, I would have to poop it out. So much for that treatment.

I would think a colonoscopy would be required to get a true diagnosis of your condition.

Keep us posted. We care.


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