Prednisone - more questions!!

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   Posted 10/16/2007 6:12 PM (GMT -6)   
I asked my GI doc once more about the pred and he said lets try 2 more weeks of the current meds (then we will be on it all for 2 months!).  He said that some people w/ crohn's can't get off of the pred once they are on it without symptoms coming back.  He mentioned like 39% of the people.  I am wondering if this is the case here on the group.  Also he mentioned short course.  What is considered a short course??  Will a short course of pred produce the symptoms I have seen in my daughter when she was on it for leukemia like moon face, swelling, frequent urinating, mood swings, food fetishes, alot of weight gain??

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   Posted 10/16/2007 6:42 PM (GMT -6)   
Your GI is correct that about 1/3 of people become steroid dependent. Many people here started Remicade in order to get themselves off prednisone.

Short course defers between docs but mine has two favorite short courses for me. All the following are millegrams per day.
1) 40, 30, 20, 10 [4 days total]
2) 40, 40, 30, 30, 20, 20, 10, 10 [8 days]

Option #2 was to conteract issues I was having with my Remicade infusion. Option #2 has been prescribed to me numerous times for asthma flairs.
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   Posted 10/16/2007 8:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Oh that is really a short course!! Does it work that short to get rid of the inflammation? Also, did you get all those nasty side effects that everyone talks about because it is so short dosing?? (particularly the mood swings, weight gain, etc..)

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   Posted 10/16/2007 9:38 PM (GMT -6)   
No, you don't get the side effects, maybe just some insomnia. I have been on 40 mg. for 4 days before with no taper.
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