I warned ya it would make all your joints feel great. LOL. But seriously you don't want to stay on it. I've been on it for what seems like forever. Am tapering now... slowly. down to 10 mg. Attempting to drop 2.5 mg every ten days. But my side effects never hit till I got to about 25 mg. Till then I lost weight had great energy... All the benfits. WHen I hit 25 I put on 10 pounds ( of the 41 I lost ) back on in about 2 days. Now I've been able to stay at just gaing back ten pounds... but with the bloating and puffing... it looks like I put back on alll 41 PLUS 10. But the scale doesn't lie. Acne has started... I mean come on I'm not in high school anymore, thought I had gotten past that phase of my life. I never got the munchies till I hit about 25mg either. Now I am starved all the time. I have to fight not to eat and to keep that scale at just putting back on the ten. So far.... knock on wood the joints have stayed feeling good. That could even be some of the diet changes I've made that has helped.
Personally I really want off this drug and to NEVER have to go back on it. Its not likely but that is my hope. And this is despite the few "positive" side effects of it.. But I figure now that I have this lovely disease that Pred may be part of my life on and off for the rest of my life.
38 yr old male, NE Ohio, diagnosed Aug 2008, but been with symptom since Nov 2007
30 mg pred, 9 balsalazide, rowesa nightly, 2 gemfibrozil, 1 norvasc, 1 metoprotol, 1 allopurinol, 2 probiotic, 2 aloe vera tabs
Following gluten free diet
as well as spinach/sunflower regime
**down to 25 mg of pred 12/25/08 **down to 20mg of pred 1/7/09**down to 17.5 mg 1/22/09
**down to 15 mg of pred 2/3/08**down to 12.5 mg of pred 2/13/09
MED CHANGE: 1/13/09-- 4 Lialda, 2 Pamine Forte, 1 Florajen3 probiotic, 2 Aloe Vera tabs, Rowesa every other night, 20 mg of Pred, Lomotil as needed, 2 gemfibrozil, 1 norvasc, 1 metoprotol, 1 allopurinol