Hi..I would suggest you use them...but maybe since you're on pred, start using them closer to the end of your tapering from pred (since you might need them more then than now and you're on a 5 week taper of pred anyway).
I've never been on pred, and I'm basing the suggestion on when most people are having some flare symptoms when tapering.
My take is that you should have been put back on the rectal meds before even considering the pred (since you mention mild flare.
I'm biased, however, and with some flares it takes a while for the rectal meds to do their thing.
When you were on the 30 days of enemas...did your doc have you just stop them or taper off?
It takes a while to get the meds all figured out.
Hope you feel better soon!
*Heather* Status..Asacol 6 (3 twice daily); flaring since Dec 22, enemas nightly (sigh!!)
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed
~Probiotics....(Natural Factors Protec, Primadophilus Reuteri Pearls, Natural Factors Ultimate).... @ bedtime
~various digestive enzymes as needed
~Ranitidine (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 !!!