I was put on 60mg a day of prednisone and got hot flashes and mood swings right away, but you being @ 15mg a day, I don't know if you will get any of that or not or maybe some of it but not as bad as you would at a higher dosage? Also, I did not get the majority of the side effects like moonface and weight gain until 3 months later (I was at 40mg at the time).
My pred suggesstion would be to watch your salt just in case you have to be on it for longer, eat a banana a day (for potassium) take calcium + vit D (check w/GI on dosage). You may get some mood swings, so if you end up crying over something you normally would not cry over or are angry at someone for something that normally you would not be, it will probably be the pred.
The pred took a while to work for my flare, though I think it helped my kidney faster.......anyhoo, most people I think it starts to help them in a few days.
Sulfasalazine, I think I had to eat when I took it b/c it made my stomach upset, it was a while ago. Also I am hypersensitive to 5ASA meds, so if your ankles swell up have your Doc check your blood protein levels (however, most people are not hypersensitive, I am one of the few).
Beth, 32 ~ Major Flare Sept/Oct 07 ~ in remission
UC dx'd 03/00 (Proctosigmoiditis); Pancolitis since 09/07
Azathioprine 200mg 1xday nightly; Calcium and Vit D 500mg 3xday, Multi Vit, Folic Acid 400mg 2xday, Prilosec, Probiotics.
Minimal Change Disease (Kidney Disorder) dx'd 09/07 - partial remission since 03/08
Prednisone 10mg 1xday (taper 5mg a week from 60 = ), Simvastatin 20mg 1xday, Diovan 160mg 2xday. Enalpril 20mg 1xday, Fursomide 20mg 1xday, Fosomax 70mg 1xweek. MCD may be from hypersensitivty to 5ASA drugs. Do you have edema? If so, check your blood protien level!
Pre-Diabetic from Prednisone use - Low carb/sugar diet & exercise.