The Background: I am a 35 year old female. I have had ulcerative colitis for the past 17 years. I have been on Salofalk tabs and suppositories for about 15 of those years. Over this time I didn’t take my medicine regularly and I have had many flare ups. I have been hospitalized two times. All my scopes have been really good and my UC has not spread in 17 years. It is in the first 6 inches of my colon.
The Story: My husband and I are trying to conceive. I stopped taking my current medicine 2 months ago, which I did take religiously, because the research recommended that I shouldn’t take it while pregnant. The medicine is called Mezavant. I am currently just on the 500 mg Salofalk suppositories, at night.
I figure that it must be the safest way because it isn’t directly going through my system like pills would and therefore better for the fetus. I do not have a specific diet and my UC is currently taking a turn for the worst, sooner than I thought. I have spoken to my specialist and he has not been overly helpful. The first twelve weeks of a developing fetus is crucial. Eight years ago when I was pregnant with my son I didn’t take the Salofalk for the first three months and ended up in the hospital on prednisone. He turned out fine.
I am not to sure what to do? Stay on the pills, go off the pills, change my diet (at one point I did track my diet and nothing helped)? I really want to know if anyone has been in my position and what you did. Thanks