I had been on Asacol 12 pills/day since June. In November, my doctor told me since I was feeling great, no symptoms, to take it down by 2 pills a month until I was at 8 pills a day. I did that, and felt great. Then I foolishly decided to see how I felt on 7 pills--great. Then 6 pills--flare.
It isn't as bad as my precipitating flare last summer, but I went back up to 10 Asacol and started 60 mg of prednisone. The prednisone improved things immediately, but I still have 2 explosive bms in the morning, with alot of blood, then nothing for the rest of the day. No pain. Do I have to rebuild from scratch (ie, give the Asacol time to "kick in" again) or should I consider that it's working, start tapering the prednisone in 4 days, or hang fire and see if any more improvement is coming?
I will never do this again. What a way to learn a lesson. Thanks in advance for any advice. I am so thankful that this forum exists--my doctor was delighted that I had found it.