These posts are interesting. I am presently back on 40 mgm of prednisone. My GI doctor NEVER gives me a higher dosage level and only keeps me at it for five days and then down to 30 mgm, etc. I've been in this flare since April, hospitalized for ten days in May. Cannot get off the prednisone. Weened off for two weeks beginning of Aug...boom...another flare up. Back on it, weened off two weeks ago and again....bleeding all over the place.
I wrote down Entocort, but reading these posts looks like it is used mostly for crohn's and I have ulcerative proctitis. I never got the weight gain from the prednisone, usually lose weight, probably from pooping so much. The only negative effects I have gotten from the pred (and these are bad enough) is increase in BP and osteoporosis. Cannot take Fosamax so I just take the caltrate and multivitamin and this time a water pill in addition to my BP meds.
62 yr old granny. South Jersey
Diagnosed with ulcerative proctitis in 1998 in hospital
Hospitalized (2nd time) in May 2008
Still flaring. Afraid that I am pred dependant. Back on Pred 40 mgm for five days, then taper. Other meds...Colazal, 6MP, Nexium, Cort enemas, Canasa suppository, Benicar, Toprol xl, water pill.
Calcium, Probiotic, Flaxseed oil capsule, multivitamin with Iron
Also have osteoporosis and high blood pressure
Remicade NOT an option. Not a candidate for surgery yet..says surgeon.