Predisone question

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Date Joined Jul 2007
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   Posted 12/21/2007 1:05 PM (GMT -6)   
Been gone for awhile. Working on xmas projects and haven't had time to check in. I am currently taking Immuran 200 mg (but it has only been about 1 1/2 months so it hasn't kicked in yet I guess. I am also taking Colazol (9 pills a day, this medication is like Pentasa and Asocal). Along with a few other over the counter things. Anyway, I ordered my medications from my on line pharmacy and I ran out before I got my refills. I went 2 days without my colazol (I had enough Immuran). I started feeling all the old symptoms, fatique, achey joints and stomach irritation. I got a refill locally and started taking it again. I felt better by the next day. But now 4 days later I still am not "right" and my tummy is bugging me (I have lost my appetite -- this is a sure fire indication that there is something wrong). I don't want to call my doctor and bug him. Was wondering if I took 10 mg of pred for a week and then tapered down to 5mg for a week if it would help. That is to say will 10 mg be enough to kick my body out of this funk?
On the bright side I know that the Colazol is working and I'm not taking 9 horse pills a day for no reason. On the down side I'm wondering if the Immuran is going to work.... I know that it can take 2-3 months to kick in all the way......
Anyway, thanks for any advice and I hope that all of you have a wonderful Christmas!
Living with Crohns for 1 year. I have a wonderful husband and two beautiful little girls.
One blessing that came with my Crohns: I thank God for each day that I can get out of bed and take care of my girls and my home.

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Date Joined Sep 2006
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   Posted 12/21/2007 8:52 PM (GMT -6)   
I would definitly call your GI and ask them what to do and explain to them what happened as far as the meds and running out. I am bad and will self medicate if it is my joints that are acting up but only use it for a week and I would do as a medrol dose pack would do. I have not done that since I have been on Humira though since it has stopped 98% of my joint pain and is putting my gut into remission.

I also know when it is safe for me to do that since I have had CD for 20 years now you I see have only been Dx for 1 year it is a bit tougher in your situation because of that. I would not self medicate with pred. I would call and ask about the Medrol Dose pack. What this does is give you 6 days of solumedrol...(a version of pred) you take 6 pills the 1st day 5 the next, 4 the next...etc these pills are not the same dose as regular pred either and you typically need a high dose of pred if you are flaring then taper so I would call your GI and I know it is the long weekend but someone has to be on call!
Dx with Crohn's 1987, symptoms as early as 1984.
Temp iliostomy February 2007, reversed June 2007, Ovarian cysts, migraines, allergies (incl food allergies) , oral allergy syndrome (diff than true food allergies), Asthma, Gall Bladder removed 1999, Inguenal hernia 1987

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