Probiotics are absolutely safe, as they only replace the natural bacteria that normal, healthy colons already have.
Short term side effects of Prednisone (and sometimes Entocort) can include achiness, difficulty sleeping, mood problems (crankiness or extreme mood swings,) fluid retention, moon face and deposit of fat in the belly area, and low potassium causing severe muscle cramps.
Long term effects can include osteoporosis, avascular necrosis of the bones, cataracts, diabetes, adrenal shutdown and probably others that slip my mind right now. It can be a miracle drug to get into quick remission, the problem comes when we reach the point where the flare returns as soon as we taper the Pred. Especially during pregnancy, their short term use can help with essentially no danger to the baby, bases on years of experience with the drug.
Moderate to severe left-sided UC (21 cm) diagnosed 2001.
Asacol, Rowasa, Pentasa, Prednisone, Entocort, Azathioprine
Avascular necrosis in both shoulders is my "forever" gift from steroid therapy.
Colazal, Remicade, Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri. In remission since April, 2006.
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