I have used Entocort, and it did work for me. It did take longer than Prednisone to kick in, though -- about two weeks or so. I didn't have any withdrawal symptoms, but I am always careful to follow the taper instructions exactly.
Drs. always advise to take Prednisone and Entocort in the morning. I asked the pharmacist about this once, and he said that it is because of the insomnia side effect, which is present in almost every patient. The theory is that if you take it in the morning, you will experience less insomnia. Aside from taking it in the morning, it is also important to take it at the same time every day.
I don't believe that steroids are addictive. They are not like pain medication. You have to taper usage because you have to wean your body so that it can begin producing its own cortisone again. Prednisone and Entocort are corticosteroids, which means that they add the hormone cortisone to your body. The longer you are on the steroid, the less cortisone your body makes. As you taper the steroid, your body makes more cortisone.
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