I agree about
starting the probiotics ASAP to replenish the good bacteria.
Suggestions for easily acquired probiotics - Culturelle is available at Wal-Mart and most drug stores, GNC has several types - just stay away from any with FOS, acidophilus pearls are available at most grocery and drug stores.
Usually you'll notice a difference in a few days. You may also notice extra gas as your body becomes accustomed to the product.
I would suggest staying at your current prednisone dose until you've give the probiotic at least a week. Then if you're stable, you can attempt to taper again.
Another option: up your Asacol to 12 pills per day. Have you tried Canasa or Rowasa? Rectal meds helped me get off of pred (with Imuran too). Not fun, but they treat the inflammation at the source of the problem - the rectum, where all inflammation starts.
Best of luck!
Oh - and Welcome to HealingWell :) Hope to see you around!
Pan-colitis and GERD diagnosed May 2003
Asacol 12 per day, Azathioprine 75mg, Aciphex, Effexor XR, Forvia and a Probiotic
Osteopenia (hip and spine) from prednisone use. Started Azathioprine because I was steroid dependent.
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