i'm antiprednisone subjectfully because people and doctors use it for UC as a quick fix. It's not.
It also can set people up for non-5ASA drug compliance, and as I've noticed, a tapering hell.
Jumping from 12 asacol to 4 can set you up for other problems. Starting at 12 asacol can also cause some side effects where one can assume it's worsening symptoms. The side effects alone might be telling you it's too high a dosage.
12 is a high dosage, now that you're at 4, maybe take 6 (3 twice a day) and stay there to start....PLUS....START THE ROWASA NIGHTLY FOR AT LEAST 2 - 3 WEEKS. (not yelling, just emphasising).
Take them with food.....they may stay in your system longer...or take them on an empty stomach...they may stay in your system longer...lol...see which one works better.
Yes, pred has its place....
Steroids are a miracle...I use inhaled corticosteroids for asthma.
Med non-compliance and yo-yoing will cause more confusion for you mentally and physically....and I'll bet your focus will end up being on what you ate that day or what you did to cause your symptoms.
Know what you ask for, prednisone should be used if your meds don't work.
There are also topical steroid meds, both oral and rectal, if you cannot use the 5ASA.
And if your goal is to be perfect as you were before with no symptoms, you need to rethink the facts of what's actually going in your body while you're flaring, as well as recognising the symptoms that tell you to increase and start tapering meds, etc.
Fibre supplements will help bulk up the stool, slow transit time, etc.
Probiotics are a must from my perspective.
and remember...this is all my perspective....
*Heather* Status..Asacol 6 (3 twice daily); enemas every 4th night
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed
~Probiotic 4(Natural Factors Protec) bedtime + Primadophilus Reuteri Pearls occasionally
~multi-digestive enzymes as needed
~Ranitidine,Pariet (reflux); Effexor XR 75mg(depression); Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma)
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS" worth it !!!
Post Edited (quincy) : 10/18/2008 11:09:20 AM (GMT-6)