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~ChristieAnn67~
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   Posted 12/19/2008 11:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Ok,  I have a HUGE bottle of 10mg prednisone,  and my GI doc always says "you know when you need to start"...the problem is that I feel that I need to now...and I really can't remember now what I usually start the taper at?????    I took 20mg this am,  but i can't remember if its 20mg qd,  or 20mg bid???  any ideas???

Christine1946
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   Posted 12/20/2008 9:20 AM (GMT -6)   
     I usually start at 30 mgm when flaring, but it just didn't hack it this last time.  The doctor tried 40 mgm with a 10 mgm taper every week until the final week when I took 5 mgm.  I take the entire dosage in the morning to avoid insomnia.  Some people distribute the dosage throughout the day.    I still had insomnia..lol.
62 yr old granny. South Jersey
Diagnosed with ulcerative proctitis in 1998 in hospital
Hospitalized (2nd time) in May 2008
Update 11/03/08...finally in remission!!  Hope I don't jinx myself.  Off the prednisone since 11/01/08...now see if I can stay off for longer than two weeks.  Other meds: 6MP (75 mgm), colazal (6 per day), Benicar and Toprol (high blood pressure meds), Probiotic (2 per day), fish oil capsule and multi-vitamin and calcium with vitamin D.


unclebubba
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   Posted 12/20/2008 2:41 PM (GMT -6)   
doc started me off at 40mg.... and hed had me takin it 4 times a day. Insomnia. I started doublin mornin dose so I could sleep. His taper was 10 mg a week. BUt Now on this round he has me holdin at 30 a day ( for the last 25 days ) Until things start to get better, then he will start the taper. Not sure what that will be this time. But I tend to loose weight on this drug. normally a pound every couple days ( probably the insomnia ) Now after 25 days, I'm not loosing or gaining weight, but I am getting a puffy face.
diagnosed in aug 2008
30 mg predisone, 9 balsalazide, rowesa enema, 2 gemfibrozil, 1 norvasc, 1 metoprotol, 1 allopurinol, 2 probiotic, 2 aloe vera
gluten intolerance... attempting to live no/low gluten


Christine1946
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   Posted 12/20/2008 2:48 PM (GMT -6)   
     Uncle bubba...you're gettin the ever lovin moonface!  Welcome to the club.
62 yr old granny. South Jersey
Diagnosed with ulcerative proctitis in 1998 in hospital
Hospitalized (2nd time) in May 2008
Update 11/03/08...finally in remission!!  Hope I don't jinx myself.  Off the prednisone since 11/01/08...now see if I can stay off for longer than two weeks.  Other meds: 6MP (75 mgm), colazal (6 per day), Benicar and Toprol (high blood pressure meds), Probiotic (2 per day), fish oil capsule and multi-vitamin and calcium with vitamin D.


Peety
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Date Joined Mar 2008
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   Posted 12/20/2008 6:13 PM (GMT -6)   
I try 20 to start, but go to 30 if that doesn't work. I haven't gone over 30 for a long time.. but that's enough to get me all the lovely side effects. I have enough stores to decide for myself what to do... and my doc will give me more if I need it without making me come in.
49 year old female attorney, diagnosed UC/pancolitis 1985, no surgery but much suffering.
Asacol/5ASA 6x400 mg maintenance for 20+ years; use prednisone & Rowasa for flares. 
August 2008 sought care of naturopathic doctor. Food sensitivity test showed gluten, other intolerances; started diet without gluten, soy, dairy, tomato etc. Replete$$ probiotic powder at first, now Forte pills. Doing much better, but still having some bad days. 


princesscolon
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   Posted 12/21/2008 9:12 AM (GMT -6)   
Aww so sorry to hear you're in need of Prednisone Christie. :( I'll bump this up for you.
Diagnosed with Left-sided UC in 1995 at age 15, Prednisone, Rowasa & Hydrocort. Enemas, Proctofoam, Sulfasalazine, Asacol, Probiotics, Fish Oil, Aloe Juice, Canasa, Enotcort, Colazol, Anamantle, Remicade, etc... had 1 inch deep rectal ulcer 2004, put on Remicade, August 2007:Increased Remicade dosage-700mg every 6 weeks,diagnosed w/ Psoriatic Arthritis & Fibromyalgia Current meds: Clorazepate, Lomotil,  Tylenol pm, Lyrica started 1/17/08,  Humira started 4/4/08, 6MP started 6/24/08


Scarlet504
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Date Joined Oct 2008
Total Posts : 192
   Posted 12/21/2008 11:01 AM (GMT -6)   

I started Pred at 40 mg and taper down 5 mg every week or every 10 days (depending on symptoms and improvement). I stuck with 15 mg a lot longer than I wanted, because I was getting worse again at 10 mg. So up and down we go with the dose!

Hope you feel better soon!


Scarlett, 38 yo., TX
Pancolitis since 3/1997
Worst flare of my life since 8/2008, finally showing improvement!! riding a rollercoaster of improvement and worsening
 
Meds
10 x Asacol a day
40 30 25 20 15 10 5 mg Prednisone
75mg 6-MP
Align
Flintstones Complete Vitamins
Cortenema
Rowasa

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