aha, I had asked the same question to myself.
I flared @ 5mgs of pred on 5/13/08 (not sure if aza is faling me or coz I took aspirin a couple days before)
I put myself up to 10mg's for a couple of weeks, not much difference, then I put myself up to 20 mg's a couple of weeks, not much difference, but when I went up to 40mg's (and called my GI a week later, MY BAD, he said was ok) I was doing much much better in about a week and a half and right now I am doing well 2 weeks later, I think I am nearing 'pred induced remission'.
However, it could be if I stayed on 10 or 20 for a month I would have gotten the same result, but methinks it is b/c the 40mg helped me and if I ever flare again and have to go on pred, I want to see if I can just start at 40mg and see how long that takes, but also I think each flare I respond differently........I digress, my theory now is that the 10 and 20 did not help me get better (kept me from getting worse) but the 40 is what I think helped.
Beth, 32 ~ small flare - hoping caused by aspirin - hydrocortisone e's
Major Flare Sept/Oct 07
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 40mg 1xday, Simvastatin 20mg 1xday, Diovan 160mg 2xday. Tekturna 150mg 1xday, Fosomax 70mg 1xweek. MCD may be from hypersensitivty to 5ASA drugs. Do you have edema? If so, check your blood protien level!