I went cold turkey off of Asacol b/c of kidney problems and that threw me into the worst flare I ever had. Pred did not help me much if at all.
Tell your GI everything and bring a notebook write down questions you want to ask and his answers. I now have a good history of all my doc appt's and I refer to it frequently.
Try some rectal meds, even though I don't think the pred helped me I think the hydrocortisone enema's did.
Major Flare Sept/Oct 07 ~ working on remission almost there
UC Diagnosed March 2000 (30 cenitmeters)
Azathioprine 200mg 1xday nightly; Calcium and Vit D 500mg 3xday, Multi Vit, Folic Acid 400mg 2xday, Probiotics.
Minimal Change Disease (Kidney Disorder) Diagnosed Sept 2007
Prednisone 60/40mg alt days 1xday, Simvastatin 20mg 1xday, Diovan 160mg 2xday. Potassium 600mg 2xday, Fosomax 70mg 1xweek. MCD may be from hypersensitivty to 5ASA drugs.