Short course pred?

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Dave123
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   Posted 2/8/2009 4:27 PM (GMT -7)   
Is there such a thing as a short course of pred? How short and still have an effect?

Nanners
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   Posted 2/8/2009 4:32 PM (GMT -7)   
I have done quick 10 day bursts of Pred. I start at 25 mg and go down 5 mg every other day. I have had this disease a very long time, so my doctor is comfortable with me doing these bursts as needed. Have you talked to your doctor about this? Good luck!
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Been living with Crohn's Disease for 33 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, and Calcium and Xanax as needed. Resections in 2002 and 2005. Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and Osteoarthritis and Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission.
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HabsHockeyFan
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   Posted 2/9/2009 7:56 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Dave! I have never been on anything but short courses of pred. I consider short anything less than 3 months, but mine have all been 10weeks down to 2 weeks. I seem to react quite quickly to pred thankfully. I also have had 3 two weeks rounds based on skin reactions.
Dx'd '90 (emergency rupture), symptoms ignored long before that, '03 fistulas and bad flagyl reactions, B12 weekly, Pentasa [until I surrender to the bigger meds]
I'm riding on the escalator of life....


pb4
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   Posted 2/9/2009 11:57 AM (GMT -7)   
I've tried that in the past (when pred still had an effect on me) but the short course didn't do a darned thing, so it was a waste of time and I think most GI's wouldn't bother going that route because it's typically not effective.

:)
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Nanners
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   Posted 2/9/2009 12:27 PM (GMT -7)   
I respectfully disagree with PB4. I have done many quick bursts and had great luck with them. Of course, my Crohns is considered mild, so that may be the difference. If I start these quick bursts within a week to 10 days after the flares start, I have successfully stopped them in their tracks. JMHO
Gail*Nanners* Co-Moderator for Anxiety/Panic Forum
Been living with Crohn's Disease for 33 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, and Calcium and Xanax as needed. Resections in 2002 and 2005. Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and Osteoarthritis and Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission.
*Every tomorrow has two handles.  We can take hold of it by the handle of anxiety, or by the handle of faith"*

Zanne
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   Posted 2/9/2009 1:42 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm with Nanners. I have been having a problem for a week. Too much going on, not paying attention to my diet, you name it. I started a quick taper yesterday, and already today, I am doing much better. Now if someone could just take away all the stress, I'd be good as gold. Like Nanners, my doctor is OK with me doing short bursts on my own, anything that doesn't resolve I need to give him a call. I already have a scheduled appointment for just about the time I will be done, so if it doesn't work, I can discuss it then. If you are having trouble and don't have doctors permission to do this, call first. Most doctors want to know what is going on and have some control over what their patients are doing. Like Nanners, I have been at this for way too long and know all too much about prednisone and what it does to me and how it works.
Suzanne

CD 20 years officially, 30 unofficially. 3 resections '93, '95 '97
Managing with strict low residue diet, keeping symptoms to a minimum. All test show small amount of ulceration, still have occasional blockages. But still have a great time with my 2 daughters and husband!


Prednisone, 6MP,Prevacid, B12 shots, Bentyl, Xifaxan.....


gachrons
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   Posted 2/9/2009 3:53 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi I did a 5 day course of pred before Xmas ,of 40mg with no withdrawal.. it that helped. lol gail
Hallarious woman over 50 ,CD ,IBS 27 years--resection,fistula's,obstructions,hemmies,and still alive.lol gail

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