One of the drugs I’ve been prescribed for my colitis, Asacol, is delay-released, which means it has a special coating that makes it travel through the stomach, and absorbed only in the colon. This specific brand is released in the left and end of the colon, which is where my colitis is. I often get conflicting advice about how to take the drug:
- The instructions that came with the medication say it can be taken with or without food
- The first pharmacist told me to wait an hour after eating before taking the pills
- The second pharmacist told me I didn’t need to wait and could have it with food and other medications
- The third pharmacist told me that delayed release drugs should be taken on an empty stomach, and may have conflicts with other drugs
- My gastrointestinal specialist told me I could take it with food
It’s generally taken that the doctor’s advice takes precedence over anything else. But as a person who works in the medical industry, where doctors are frequently revealed to be incompetent, I know that not all of them know what they’re talking about.
Scary, for an industry in which we put so much blind faith. Who am I supposed to believe?