So, I guess this is a question of which is the lesser of 2 evils.
I've been taking 4800mg of Asacol for the past 2 years. ANd on a lower dose of Asacol before that. I am a 21 year old female, who was diagnosed with UC when I was 15.
I've had 4 flares over the past year. My flare that started in April lasted the
full month and was getting worse before my GI put me on prednisone for the first time.
I was going away for 6 weeks to asia and needed to get my UC under control.
I was put on 40mg of prednisone for 2 weeks, then a taper of a decrease of 5 mg/week.
In the last week of my prednisone (5 mg) I started flaring again, and waited a week before I
contacted my GI... where he suggested that I go back up to the 40 mg again.
Currently, I am on 25mg.
I want to get off the prednisone as soon as I can (I've been on it for over 3 monoths), and try something else, as I've only been on Asacol, salofalk enemas, and prednisone.
I have an appointment with my GI to discuss options at the beginning of September, but he mentioned azathriopprine. I was wondering what were people's experiences with the 2.. is one "safer" than the other, does one work better?.... I am just worried that I will flare again when I get to my lower doses of pred, but I don't want to be put back on a high dose of prednisone. Thanks for any input, I am just starting to look into these drugs and they are terrifying!