Prednisone and Asacol

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UC Mom
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   Posted 2/12/2008 4:13 PM (GMT -6)   
My son's doctor put him on 40 mg. of Prednisone with a 5 week taper. 
The doctor said he did not need to take his 12 Asacol pills per day with the Prednisone .  Does that sound right?  I am in the process of finding a new GI anyway, but that didn't seem like the norm from what I read on here.  Thanks.

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Son diagnosed 10, 2006 at age 15
12 asacol daily
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   Posted 2/12/2008 4:19 PM (GMT -6)   
I wouldn't let him stop the asacol cold turkey. I did that once w/ Colazal and went into a major flare. Maintainence meds have to be tapered as well. I think it is one pill every couple of weeks.
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UC Mom
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   Posted 2/12/2008 4:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks. It has been 8 days, so should he start back w/ 12 per day, or should he build back up to 12?
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Son diagnosed 10, 2006 at age 15
12 asacol daily
Culturelle Probiotic
Omega 3
Multi Vitamin


Beth75
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   Posted 2/12/2008 4:40 PM (GMT -6)   
I went into a major flare stopping asacol cold turkey. The Asacol is supposed to be the maintenance drug, it doesn't make sense to stop taking it to me either, isn't that what he should be on when he tapers off the pred?

what I did when I would forget to take my pills and flare, I would just go back to the 12 asacol a day but I dunno what would work best for him.
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Major Flare Sept/Oct 07 ~ no blood since Dec 07 ~ almost normal bm
UC dx'd March 2000 (30 cenitmeters as of 2005-proctosigmoiditis)
Azathioprine 200mg 1xday nightly; Calcium and Vit D 500mg 3xday, Multi Vit, Folic Acid 400mg 2xday, Probiotics.
Minimal Change Disease (Kidney Disorder) dx'd Sept 2007
Prednisone 40mg 1xday, Simvastatin 20mg 1xday, Diovan 160mg 2xday. Tekturna 150mg 1xday, Fursomide 20mg 1xday.  Potassium 100mg 2xday, Fosomax 70mg 1xweek. MCD may be from hypersensitivty to 5ASA drugs.


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   Posted 2/12/2008 4:44 PM (GMT -6)   
When I was first diagnosed I was put on both Prednisone and Asacol, tapered off the Pred and was left with the Asacol. That first remission didn't last, unfortunately, but I do think the protocol is to go on both then remain on the Asacol (or Colozal or Lialda) for maintaining the remission.
Diagnosed UC April 27, 2006
Remicade infusions: 7/21/07; 8/18/07; 10/13/07; 12/15/97; 1/26/08
Lialda, 4 tabs in the morning; Protonix; Prednisone 4/27/06-present, starting yet another taper attempt, 1/30, 30 mg. Daily supplements: multivitamin w/folate; Culturelle; Fish oil capsules, calcium chews and/or Tums
12/1/07 - 12/29/07 weekly Venofer (iron sucrose) injections; 9 mg Entocourt EC; Xanax as needed; Lexipro 10 mg, Rowesa; Asacol; Colazal three 750 mg capsules 3X day; Bad reactions: Imuran (2/07)


UC Mom
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   Posted 2/12/2008 7:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the help. Can anyone tell me how many Asacol we should start back with? He was taking 12 a day until last Monday, 2-4. I don't know if he should start back with 12 or bump up gradually. We are in the process of quitting our GI, so I can't ask him. Thanks so much.
UC Mom
Son diagnosed 10, 2006 at age 15
12 asacol daily
Culturelle Probiotic
Omega 3
Multi Vitamin

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