Pred 37.5mg, was great for 3 weeks, now it's back

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thenay
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   Posted 10/22/2007 7:43 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm fairly new to this and finding out answers.  My GI doc isn't 100% helpful and I got a question.
 
I've been on 40mg of pred for 3.5 weeks, went down to 37.5mg pred on Friday as i'm having a lot of side effects.
I haven't had the D at all until this morning (Monday), so far once it happened.
*edit// 3 times in the past 2 hrs now* 

Could it be that I went down on the pred? Or can you still get the D now and then on pred?
I thought this was a powerful drug and that would stop that.
When should I be concerned? I'm so confused and upset :(


DX with CD May 2006 @ age 22
Tried Pentasa and Entocort, worked for a yr and a bit
Now on prednisone 37.5mg and having some side effects, "..time goes by so slowly..."
"We're always here for you if you need to talk!"

Post Edited (thenay) : 10/22/2007 10:06:24 AM (GMT-6)


Nanners
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   Posted 10/22/2007 10:56 AM (GMT -7)   
I would watch it for a few days.  Everytime I go down on Pred I would always get some effects i.e. some D, and achy joints.  It usually gets better within a couple days after each reduction.  But if it continues you might need to go back up.  But definetly call your GI if its doesn't get better in a few days or gets worse.  Good Luck!

Been living with Crohn's Disease for 32 years.  Currently on Asacol, Prilosec 60 mg, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain and Calcium.  Resections in 2002 and 2005.  Recently diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and doing tests to see if I have Inflammatory Arthritis or AS.


thenay
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   Posted 10/22/2007 11:17 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the reply :)
Would you advise me taking Imodium to help? I've taken it before when I had bouts and it helps.
I just don't know if I should or not, if it'll make things worse or mask the issue if its a new one on this dosage.
DX with CD May 2006 @ age 22
Tried Pentasa and Entocort, worked for a yr and a bit
Now on prednisone 37.5mg and having some side effects, "..time goes by so slowly..."
"We're always here for you if you need to talk!"


broomhilda
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   Posted 10/22/2007 6:48 PM (GMT -7)   
Give your taper a couple more days to see if you level out. Sounds like the Pentasa/Entocort is not doing the trick anymore to me. If your inflammation was under better control I would think you wouldn't need as high a dose of the pred either. Maybe time for a therapy strategy check with the GI again. Expect the achy joints, etc. on the taper too. There is another post on here tonight about pred & side effects with an external link to another article you should read about pred. Good luck to you!
Dx'd Jan'06, 1st Resection 7/06, Predinsone, Humira, Imuran, B12 injections, Nexium. Secondary conditions: Psorasis, Acne, Fatigue, Joint Pain, Lactose Intolerant, gallstones, fibroid cysts, peri-menopausal.


thenay
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   Posted 10/22/2007 7:18 PM (GMT -7)   
I noticed about that and the joint pain, sigh, we'll i'm use to it now.
My major issue for going back to work now is the constant D (every 30-1hr) and secondly sleeping (which i'll go in if the D is gone, they said even if I go back for 1/2 a day and go home it's improvement and I agree) They're giving me another week off to work it out. If it's like this next weekend more forms to fill, yay, gotta love insurance. I understand tho.

Thank you for your replies btw :)
DX with CD May 2006 @ age 22
Tried Pentasa and Entocort, worked for a yr and a bit
Now on prednisone 37.5mg and having some side effects, "..time goes by so slowly..."
"We're always here for you if you need to talk!"

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