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snwbunny17
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   Posted 1/17/2009 3:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Quick question about predisone. i've been on it for about 10 days. i've noticed a lot more blood and mucas in my stool. i was just wondering if this was normal. I'm on 30 mg of pred a day as well as 12 pills of asacol (daily)

thanks for your help.

JM21204
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   Posted 1/17/2009 3:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Did you start taking Prednisone to get rid of a flare? I've tried starting with just 30 and tapering but it didn't work and ended up going up to 40 to get it to go away.
33 yr old female
Diagnosed with Pancolitis in 1/2007
Baby due 3/2009
Meds:1600 mg Asacol a day, Ferrex, Pre-Natal Vitamins, Lovenox, on and off Prednisone (40 mg then taper)
 


UC in Memphis
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   Posted 1/17/2009 4:53 PM (GMT -6)   
I started with 40mg and the improvement was almost immediate within a day or so. Not to say all symptoms went away, there was just drastic improvement. I am in the middle of tapering down (see sig) now and I only see blood on the rare occassion and I think even then it is due to my diet since I am "experimenting" with what I can and can't eat right now.


Male, 30
Dx:Moderate-severe UC 12/24/08
Lifelong GI issues including an intesusception at age 4
Current meds: Lialda; Prevacid; Prednisone 12/24-01/05 (40mg) 01/06-present (20mg) 
 
Hoping to never have to resort to rectal meds due to traumatic enemas as a child.

Post Edited (UC in Memphis) : 1/17/2009 2:56:30 PM (GMT-7)


JM21204
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   Posted 1/17/2009 5:55 PM (GMT -6)   
I can't remember where as I've read so many articles about UC and Prednisone, but I do remember reading that if you taper too quickly it can cause symptoms to come back. My doctor and I don't have an official formula but even after symptoms go away I stay at 40 mg for a few extra days.
33 yr old female
Diagnosed with Pancolitis in 1/2007
Baby due 3/2009
Meds:1600 mg Asacol a day, Ferrex, Pre-Natal Vitamins, Lovenox, on and off Prednisone (40 mg then taper)
 


pb4
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   Posted 1/17/2009 9:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Starting too low won't have near the effects compared to starting at least at 40mg (typically for 2 weeks straight before tappering) and with pred, typically as you taper off, symptoms start to generally reapper because pred is really nothing more than a "booster med" so actual maintenance meds can kick in or pred is used for a short term break from symptoms when things have been really rough for a really long time.

:)
My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it! LOL :)


Vibrant2
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   Posted 1/18/2009 1:36 PM (GMT -6)   
I was on prednisone for years when I was younger and all it was was a temporary fix. It did nothing to heal me. I walked away from the meds and surgery and healed my intestines on my own.
Contact me via e-mail or MSN.


subdued
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   Posted 1/18/2009 5:21 PM (GMT -6)   
I agree with you Vibrant, the only time I had to take Prednisone (during my second flare), I had trouble getting off of it. That was until I took matters into my own hands, did fecal transplantation, and went immediately into remission.

Not only are diet, probiotics, and vitamins responsible for putting my third and last flare in remission, but they cut down the duration of my flare in half. They also reduced the severity of the flare. I'm hoping, now that I know what foods work and what foods don't work for me, to be able to stay in remission.

We have extensive discussions about diet, probiotics, and vitamins and how they relate to Colitis. Please read the boards and participate in the discussions. I'm sure everyone would be interested in knowing what worked for you.
Joy - 47 yrs and counting
Diagnosed w/ UC Dec 06
Currently in remission

Lexapro (for stress)
Probiotics
Vitamins (a whole bunch of them)
Anti-inflammatory foods: turmeric, seaweed, garlic...
Avoid: anything with high-fructose corn syrup, foods high in fructose, artificial sweeteners


Weezay
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   Posted 1/18/2009 8:01 PM (GMT -6)   
what is fecal transplantation? I think I saw it on House, but refresh me?
I started with 40mg pred and up to 50mg (which helped a little - down to two to three bms a day) - thats when all the side effects started and I then tapered down to 2.5 at which point I flared and went back up to 12mg and after starting remicade a few mos later, tapered VERY SLOWLY down again and went off. I am now worse than I was before I started the prednisone, so I myself dont personally recommend it, but I guess you have to try anything. Stress is a big factor contributing to flare-ups. Maybe antidepressants to help?
PS the remicade hasnt helped after three treatments in 2.5 mos and am scared.
On Asacol 12/day and rowasa enemas. Tried cortifoam but didnt help me this time like before with the blood.
6-MP gave me BAD abdominal pain. Whats next I dont know.


 


subdued
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   Posted 1/18/2009 9:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Weezay,

Fecal transplantation is "a medical treatment for patients with pseudomembranous colitis (caused by Clostridium difficile), ulcerative colitis and irritable bowel syndrome which involves restoration of colon homeostasis by reintroducing normal bacterial flora from stool obtained from a healthy donor." [As stated on Wikipedia.]

It's a kind of a super Probiotics. But like anything, it's no guarantee.

It put me in remission until I had to be on and off antibiotics again for a urinary tract infection.

I used to be a chocoholic and HFCS-oholic too. I'm now fructose intolerant. So my Colitis is probably due to all these factors.

I talked about fecal transplantation about 2 pages back on the "Stoping Bleeding during a flare, without medication.." post. It's kind of long, and I don't want to take up space repeating it all. So please read about it there if you're interested in more detail.
Joy - 47 yrs and counting
Diagnosed w/ UC Dec 06
Currently in remission

Lexapro (for stress)
Probiotics
Vitamins (a whole bunch of them)
Anti-inflammatory foods: turmeric, seaweed, garlic...
Avoid: anything with high-fructose corn syrup, foods high in fructose, artificial sweeteners


snwbunny17
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Date Joined Dec 2008
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   Posted 1/19/2009 9:10 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for all the feedback guys. i've been on the pred. for about 2 weeks (30mg). the BM have been less but i still see blood, mucas and gas. it's like it made it worse in some ways. is it possible that the medicine isn't working? I feel that i'm doing something wrong:( I'm also on asacol and taking 3 VLS per day. could it be my diet? i drink a lot of caffeine and eat sugar.

do you know what the next step would be if the pred doesn't work? increase the dosage? new medicine? i don't think i need surgery so I'm not sure what to do.

thanks for listening. I'm just really confused and frustrated. I was recently diagnosed in Nov so this is my first flare.

Christine1946
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   Posted 1/19/2009 5:32 PM (GMT -6)   
     I know I cannot drink coffee with caffeine while flaring.  I makes the diarrhea worse.  I also would cut back on the sugar too.  Try a low residue diet.
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.

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