No way can Pred. be working this fast

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Risan1808
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   Posted 3/5/2009 6:53 AM (GMT -6)   
You can not tell me that after one dose of 20mg of Prednisone that I would be feeling this much better.  I stopped the Rowasa last night and have yet to run for the bathroom this morning.  When I was using the Rowasa I had to hit the floor running in the morning.  The first 2 hours of the morning were absolutely miserable with cramping and running to the bathroom. 
 
Can the prednisone actually be helping already or is all the cramping and running for the bathroom in the morning a side effect of the Rowasa? 
 
Also is there anyone here that has used Rowasa, Asacol and Prednisone at the same time? 
Diagnosed Friday, February 13, 2009
Asacol 3 tabs 3X daily
Rowasa Nightly


talliecat
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   Posted 3/5/2009 7:13 AM (GMT -6)   
When I took prednisone the first time, it worked very fast like you said! Just be glad that you are feeling better!

beartooth
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   Posted 3/5/2009 8:49 AM (GMT -6)   
Prednisone has always worked that fast for me. I'll sometimes take one pill on rare occasions to get me through the day. It is truly a wonder drug, at least for me (and apparently for you!).
 
36 y.o. male
Diagnosed w/ UC in May '06, had symptoms since '99
Meds & supplements: VSL#3, Lialda, Allegra, multi-vitamin, buproprion, fluoxetine, and vit E, D, zinc.
Started LDN: 1.5mg for now


suebear
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   Posted 3/5/2009 9:08 AM (GMT -6)   
Yes, this was my experience with prednisone too. One dose and I felt like a new person.

Sue
dx proctitis in 1987
dx UC in 1991, was stable until 1998

1998 started prednisone, asacol, pentasa, nortriptylene, ativan, 6MP, rowasa enemas and suppositories, hydrocortisone enemas, tried the SCD diet, being a vegetarian, omega 3s, flax, pranic healing, yoga, acupuncture, probiotics

2000 lost all my B-12 stores and became anemic

2001 opted for j-pouch surgery- now living life med-free


Eva Lou
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   Posted 3/5/2009 9:17 AM (GMT -6)   
Yes way, pred will work that fast....there is a reason it's prescribed! Enjoy the relief before the side effects set in. Todays easy AM could also be related to the fact that you didn't do the enema- when you put something in, it's gonna come out! But overall, I'd say it's the pred doing most of the good work right now.

diagnosed with UC '02
meds-
Asacol- 8 tabs/day
Remicade-10mgs/kg- since 4/07
Imuran- 150mgs/day
Primal Defense Ultra
Fiber supplement
 
 
 


UCinGV
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   Posted 3/5/2009 9:34 AM (GMT -6)   
Yes, it works amazingly fast, especially when you're using it for the first time.

But you've got to get off of it quick because your body will grow a tolerance to it pretty fast. The second and third times I've been on it (months to years apart) yielded much slower and less significant results than the first time.
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Risan1808
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   Posted 3/5/2009 9:35 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks! I do feel much better. I am terrified of the side effects. I am on 20mg right now. Can anyone share the side effects they have experienced.
Diagnosed Friday, February 13, 2009
Asacol 3 tabs 3X daily
Rowasa Nightly


Dr-A
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   Posted 3/5/2009 9:48 AM (GMT -6)   
Maybe you should do the hydrocortisone enemas instead of the rowasa. It's like sticking pred up your rear, and without the side effects
Proctitis DX 1999, Pancolitis DX 2008
Lialda 1 day
Immuran
Golimumab study (100mg every 4 weeks)
Vitamin E Enemas as needed
Probiotis/GreenTea/VitD+Ca/SuperDHA


princesa
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   Posted 3/5/2009 10:11 AM (GMT -6)   
Yes, it's the pred. Last time I took it, it was like flipping a switch. I've taken it before when it wasn't so effective. I think it depends on how bad your symptoms and inflammation are rather than how many times you've taken it.
Diagnosed with ulcerative colitis spring 1999.
 
Maintenance dose sulfasalazine. Probiotics, l-glutamine, vitamin D and fish oil caps. George's aloe vera juice. Oregano oil antibiotic, antiviral, antifungal. Mostly grain-free and dairy-free diet. Long-term remission with only minor blips.
 
 


Howright
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   Posted 3/5/2009 10:24 AM (GMT -6)   

 

Same here . . .the last few times I've been on prednisone I started it early afternoon and didn't have another BM until the next morning. 


 
Diagnosed January 07 - but realize I've been living with minor flare-ups for 10+ years. 
 
Asacol 3 pills/3 times a day.
 


kops2da
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   Posted 3/5/2009 11:58 AM (GMT -6)   

Oh, that wonder drug we love to hate.  So far I don't hate it but sure someday I will - like most everyone else who goes on it.  Took me about 3 days - after trying every mesalamine, suppository, enema, etc. etc. in the world - to stop the bleeding.  Have not seen blood since Feb. 2 and now tapered to 20 mg. for 10 days - no problem.  How can you NOT like it at this point.  My doctor, of course, told me he would taper me to as low as possible without the symptoms and add 6 MP (on 6th day of that).  Too bad some of us can't find something LIKE prednisone to take the rest of our lives without all the long term problems!  Hey, maybe a cure - for my great-grandchildren, I hope!

ElaineNY


 
Senior - New diagnosed with proctosigmoiditis - 6/2008
Tried all mesalamines and enemas, Canasa, etc.  Colonoscopy 10/28 showed only few cm. left to heal -hydrocortisone enemas 12 days - much worse. Cannot tolerate mesalamine!
2/3/2009 - sigmoidoscopy showed about 30 cm. involved but mild - starting on prednisone only 40 mg. taper on 2/7/2009.
 Feb. 21 - down to 20 mg. - no blood, no pain, no bad side effects so far. Starting 6-MP Feb. 28 along with 20 mg. prednisone.
Probiotic Align, Prilosec for GERD
 
 
 


Peety
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   Posted 3/5/2009 12:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes, it works fast.

My advice, don't ask everyone about all their side effects, or you might mess with you head!
Power of suggestion and all that.

Just know that it makes you feel funny...
I don't get too many effects from 20 or 15 mg, maybe you won't either.
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 wheat/gluten, other intolerances; eliminated all wheat/gluten from my diet. Probiotics (Ultimate Flora, 50 billion), trying Curamin. 
Flaring, seasonal? or supplements too harsh? Back on prednisone, trying 15/20 mg. Appt 3/6 to discuss Humira, etc.   


pb4
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   Posted 3/5/2009 12:26 PM (GMT -6)   
It generally works fast which is why it's a great med to take on trips for those "just incase" times.

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


kops2da
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   Posted 3/5/2009 12:31 PM (GMT -6)   

Just wanted to say one more thing!  Even on 40 mg. I had NO side effects, no funny feelings, nothing but relief - we are all different so trying something can be worth it!

ElaineNY


 
Senior - New diagnosed with proctosigmoiditis - 6/2008
Tried all mesalamines and enemas, Canasa, etc.  Colonoscopy 10/28 showed only few cm. left to heal -hydrocortisone enemas 12 days - much worse. Cannot tolerate mesalamine!
2/3/2009 - sigmoidoscopy showed about 30 cm. involved but mild - starting on prednisone only 40 mg. taper on 2/7/2009.
 Feb. 21 - down to 20 mg. - no blood, no pain, no bad side effects so far. Starting 6-MP Feb. 28 along with 20 mg. prednisone.
Probiotic Align, Prilosec for GERD
 
 
 


Howright
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   Posted 3/5/2009 12:32 PM (GMT -6)   
 
Funny Peety, I compare prednisone stories to labor horror stories, everyone has a bad one that they want to tell you to put you in a panic.   
 
OP - I think you'll be fine on 20 mg, if you were on a higher dose than you'd be more prone to side effects. 
 
Diagnosed January 07 - but realize I've been living with minor flare-ups for 10+ years. 
 
Asacol 3 pills/3 times a day.
 


Risan1808
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   Posted 3/5/2009 1:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks everyone. I found it hard to believe the relief would be that quick. I have felt great today. My biggest problem today is some mild cramping in the left side. I haven't had the left side cramping when I was on Rowasa. Just wondering if I really should of gone off that when starting the prednisone or if I should just just stayed on it and added the prednisone. Any thoughts?

I've only been to the bathroom...get this....1 TIME....since getting up at 5:45am.
Diagnosed Friday, February 13, 2009
Asacol 3 tabs 3X daily
Rowasa Nightly


pb4
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   Posted 3/5/2009 1:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Pred is generally a booster drug used in conjunction with maintenance drugs until the maintenance drugs kick in, or pred is used for short term relief, meaning as you taper down, symptoms will more than likely re-appear, especially if your not on maintenance drugs.

For the record, when pred used to work for me I never had side effects other then a little acne on my back (one time) which didn't last long, unfortunately pred no longer has any effect on me now.

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

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