When is the best time to take pred so I'm not awake all night?

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   Posted 8/8/2008 3:19 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi folks,

After 3 years of a great remission, I'm now cramping and carpping and moaning and groaning and you know all the rest that goes with it.

I went to ER last week and they sent me home with pred and vicodin and ativan. Gave me a shot of pred while I was there. Gave me a shot of something that put me into a zone where I saw the doorknob on the door start to slide down the door. (good stuff!)

I've never taken pred orally and I have to take 50mgs. for 4 days. Then I get to see my GI when he gets back from vacation. So I have two questions:

1. Why are doctors always on vacation?

2. At what time of day should I take the pred? I don't care for the thought of insomnia. It's already hard enough to get a good night's sleep. If it were to give me insomnia, should I take it first thing in the morning, so I'm tired by bed time? Or should I take it at bed time and try to fall asleep before it kicks in? Any ideas?

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   Posted 8/8/2008 4:36 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi I was told to take mine when I was on it as soon as I got up with food.Your right Dr's take vacations at the most needed times it seems. Sure hope you feel good soon. lol gail
Hallarious woman over 50 ,CD ,IBS 27 years--resection,fistula's,obstructions,and still alive.lol gail

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   Posted 8/8/2008 5:42 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi, I have taken pred for years and always take it after eating breakfast. I think Doctors are always on holidays because they can afford it more than us regular folk. Good luck Squattie. Jo

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   Posted 8/8/2008 7:02 PM (GMT -7)   
your body absorbs the most if taken in the morning with food. i suggest you take it all then unless your doctor specifically has you taking it in portions through out the day.
Crazy Harry

Crohn's since 1993 (17 yrs old then)
surgery in July '05 - removal of 2 inches at ileum and 8 inches of sigmoid colon (had fistula into bladder)
Nov '05 developed colonic inertia; July '06 told i needed ostomy surgery
began maker's diet in August '06 - now feeling the best ever with no symptoms of colonic inertia and i kept my colon
med free as of 10/31/07

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   Posted 8/8/2008 7:02 PM (GMT -7)   
I always take mine first thing in the morning as early as possible. And I'm not sure why doctors are always on vacation.
I need mine and he was on vacation yesterday and today so I have to wait until Monday. UGH!!
Living with Crohn's Disease since Jan./2000 but had a few years prior
I'm a true Crohnie with IBS and Arthrities too
Meds I have tried:  Too many to list- LOL
Meds currently on:  Prednisone 15mg tapering
                           Methotrexate injections once a week 25mg
                           Folic Acid 5mg once a week
                           Wellbutrin twice a day
No Surgeries

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   Posted 8/8/2008 8:17 PM (GMT -7)   
I always take my prednisone first thing in the morning but unfortunately, if your on a large enough dose (50mg counts as large to me) then you may be awake all night anyway. When I'm on 60mg of prednisone I'm totally wired and can't sleep at all. When I'm on 40mg I still have trouble sleeping, but am not nearly as wired as I am when I'm on 60mg. I also try to work out like a crazy person during the day because I need all the help I can to sleep. Unfortunately, when I'm on a large dose of steroids, that doesn't even work!

Good luck and hope your doc comes back soon!

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   Posted 8/8/2008 8:35 PM (GMT -7)   
First thing in the morning here too. Now I wake up at 6:30 am and take it. Roll over and go back to sleep for a few more hours! :)
Diagnosed with Crohn's Disease 2/06 after sever GI bleed. Has been suffering since 1998. History of rectal fistula and gallbladder removal. Currently taking Prednisone: tapering down again at: 4mg now, Asacol, Questran, Toprol XL (for high blood pressure).

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