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   Posted 8/19/2008 9:15 PM (GMT -6)   

My daughter is 12 and just started taking Prednisone 5 days ago (40mg - she weighs 105lbs) .. I've been watching her salt intake - tonight she looks a little pale to me - is that a side effect? has anyone else experienced that? She has Ulcerative colitis (2 years this month) - started w/asacol, colazol, 6mp (gave her pancrea***) now is on methotrexate since Nov '07 - was put on prednisone because of a recent flare - to me none of these medications have put her into remisson - always goes 3-5 times a day - sometimes blood - sometimes not - don't know if prednisone will help - so afraid of the side effects -
Dr. said if it doesn't - Remicade will be the next option - after that surgery - only thing - my daughter has never complained of pain - except when she was on 6mp -
sorry for babbling - just so scared...

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   Posted 8/19/2008 10:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to HealingWell, jmm. Prednisone is appropriately used to induce remission. Ideally she'll get into remission and taper off the Pred. The worries really start if she isn't able to get off of it. Short-term side effects can include weight gain, "moon" face, skin rash, trouble sleeping and irritability or moodiness. They're more a nuisance than dangerous, and will go away when the prednisone does. Longer-term use (more than a few months) can have some more serious and lasting problems.

There are quite a few of us here on Remicade, and we have a member whose teenage daughter recently had the first step surgery. So if you continue to hang out here, I'm sure you'll get a lot more helpful information.
Judy - Southern US 
Moderate to severe left-sided UC (21 cm) diagnosed 2001.
Avascular necrosis in both shoulders is my "forever" gift from Entocort.
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