Went to dr. yesterday. I am tapering the Pred from 20 to 15 mg. for 5 days then using my own judgement on the mg. from there on to taper down till off pred. I intend to do this very slowly. But...
He then wants me to wait a week and just STOP the canasa. He said I don't have to taper.
He only wants me on asacol.
I asked him about treating both ends and he said he didn't think it was neccessary.
He thinks the pills will take care of it. I am afraid they won't.
Now I was only on asacol before and to be honest I was only taking 2 pills in the morning...I know how stupid of me.
I don't intend to just stop the canasa. But, how should I taper?
Is it every other day for a week then every 2 days? What is a maintaince dose?
This flare was really bad. Of course It is my fault...I haven't had a flare for the last 5 years and I just didn't think until it was bad...never again.
I let it go almost 9 months or more. How stupid of me. That WON'T happen again.
I never get sick and I didn't think I was "sick" then. It threw me when the dr. asked me how long had I been "sick", I guess I just didn't think I was "sick".
DX: 1993: sulfasalazine; 1998: Pancolitis UC. asacal 2 2X daily, cortifoam,; 2003: Protitis UC severe flare. asaca 2 2X daily, canasa, cortifoam, cortenema
2008: Proctosigmoiditis severe flare. asacal 3 2X daily,
canasa/discontinued while on pred, cortifoam/discontinued, Prednisone 40 mg to be tapered each week
Back on Prednisone 30 mg for 2 weeks then taper to 20 mg then we'll see. Back on Canasa at night.