Heather's advice is a good start to first see if there is any improvements....hubby was on the darn prednisone off and on mostly on for about
2 yrs altogether and what a mess that was. The side effects as people report and he had most of them are no fun. If you end up becoming steroid dependant which happens in alot of cases you need such higher doses and such a long tapering schedule. Hubby stopped in early Dec thankfully but is on a lot of meds to keep him in what we call a semi-remission. The oste
openia from the prednisone hopefully over time will reverse itself. I hope and pray I never hear a doctor suggest it is time to go back on prednisone as there will be a lot of commotion over it from me...lol.
And ultimately if prednisone is the way you have to go I sincerely hope the regimine they put you on does the trick as it does for so many others. Good Luck.
61 yr old male~Colitis 1st diagnosed Jan '05-cleared up within a few wks. Flared again in May '06 (now UC) & hospitalized 5/07-currently heading towards a remission. Osteopena of spine from prednisone DX 8/07 Oct 07 feeling quite normal most days. 150mg Imuran
Zero mg prednisone 12 Asacol, Lidocaine Hydrochloride Jelly 2%,multi vitamin, iron 1X day, DanActive, chewable calcium, fiber capsule 1x day, Prilosec 20mg, enalapril 10mg, glipizide 5 mg, zocor 40 mg, baby aspirin, (Fentanyl pain patch 50mg 72 hrs Morphine Sulf 15 mg twice daily)Cortifoam enema every other PM, Canasa suppositiry AM, folic acid 1mg, Fosamax 1x month