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   Posted 11/5/2008 10:54 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm doing them for the first time and I'm on week #3.  I'm not always religious with doing them since it's such a pain.  I usually skip them on the weekends but do them Mon-Thurs.
Anyway, my doctor prescribed them for a month without any that normal?  I know it doesn't get into my system the same way prednisone does but I know some of it's getting in there because I'm having a few side effects.  Do you taper or stop cold turkey?
How long do you stay on them.  I'd like to do them longer than a month.
Do you get moonface from them?  I get horrible moonface with prednisone and I'm so paranoid about getting it with the enemas.  I already feel like it's starting but it could be my
Any other info you want to share...
Female, Age 37
Diagnosed w/c.diff 7/02 when pregnant w/1st and only child during 2nd trimester(wasn't on antibiotics)
C.diff flare within weeks of delivering baby 1/03
Diagnosed with UC 2/03
Current Meds:
75mg 6-MP
Cortenema as needed
Ferrex Forte
Sacchromyces Boulardii 

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Date Joined Apr 2004
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   Posted 11/5/2008 11:15 AM (GMT -6)   
When I was first put on them, my doc had me stop cold turkey but I had a rebound flare so thereafter, I tapered down to one every other day for 2 weeks. I was on and off them for nearly a year and that is when my doc decided to throw me on 6mp because I was becoming steroid dependant. And yes, you can get moonface with them but it just takes a lot longer then the oral. More then likely you won't see it if you are on them short term. I started seeing my moon face after being on them for about 8 months. You get around 5-8mgs of steroid that enter your bloodstream so if you are sensitive to steroids you may see the side effects sooner then others.
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