hi...the fact that you're having more formed stool is good...you're meaning from diarrhea?
Have you been eating? Some only exist on a liquid diet..doesn't produce much stool.
You don't have to take pred if you don't want to....you have other options, and of course, I always strongly suggest sticking with the 5ASA meds (both oral and rectal) if you have no sensitivity/allergy or serious side effects from them.
They do take longer but can be increased/tapered/increased as needed.
The tapering process....don't worry about
The enemas would be used nightly until you're normal...stay on them for another week then go to every second night. From there it's the same process...takes months sometimes, patience is definitely needed when on 5ASA meds.
The goal isn't to go off them...the goal is to find a maintenance dosage to help keep the colon in a more quiet state perpetually.
When you have the rectal meds (make sure you are able to get refills with the prescript
ion), increasing at the first signs of a flare will have your flares less serious. Still a pain, but at least you'll have some control.
You can take the Asacol twice daily and not thrice....I find it better as to not miss dosages in the middle of the day.
*Heather*Status: mini flare Dec 28... tapered to every 4th night
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~5ASA: Asacol (6 daily) + Salofalk enemas (increase for flares tapered to maintenance)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed
~Probiotic 3(Natural Factors Protec) bedtime + 1 (Primadophilus Reuteri) occasionally
~multi-digestive enzymes as needed ....zymactive 3 - 5x daily
~Ranitidine,Pariet (reflux) Effexor XR 75mg; Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma)
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS" worth it !!!