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   Posted 3/28/2009 7:41 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey everyone!  I've posted awhile back on this forum back in 2007 when I had my last flare up.  Since then, I've been placed on Xanax, which I take a couple times a week to help me sleep.  Does anyone know if there are any contraindications of taking prednisone (which I started today 40mg) and Xanax?  Also does anyone know if there are any contraindications of taking Adderall and prednisone?  And my final question, when taking the Rowasa enemas, how often do yall take them?   I started taking them last night and planned on taking them at bedtime every night till symptoms subside and then wean.  Is this correct?    Thanks very much in advance!                               Josh

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   Posted 3/28/2009 8:43 AM (GMT -7)   

My NP told me to UP my doseage to max on Xanax when I started prednisone.  I already was taking low doses Xanax for anxiety.  I take up to 3 .025 a day because prednisone works on those nerves. It helps a lot for me anyway.

 Don't have answers to your other questions!


Senior - New diagnosed with proctosigmoiditis - 6/2008  Cannot tolerate mesalamines, Canasa, etc. Tried, Colozal, steroid enemas, etc. - started working but severe side effects occurred.
Started on prednisone Feb.7, 2009 - tapering to 20 mg. for two more weeks and then down to 15 mg.etc.  Added 6-MP Feb. 28.
Added Anusol suppositories - March 16 - see doc in 3 months. 
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   Posted 3/28/2009 9:45 AM (GMT -7)   
my primary care doc broke out the script pad for xanax so fast when i told him the pred dose i was on...

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   Posted 3/28/2009 10:09 AM (GMT -7)   
Wow!   So I guess its okay to take xanax and pred!   Thanks yall!    Does anyone know about adderall? 

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   Posted 3/28/2009 11:16 AM (GMT -7)   
My GI gave me a Rx for xanax b/c the pred was giving major panic attacks. I haven't taken one yet b/c I am still breastfeeding. I'm looking forward to taking one!
31 yr old female currently breastfeeding (weaning so I can start 6mp)
Mild Pancolitis
I've had UC since 2000 but was in remission for most of those 8 years med free
Cannot tolerate mesalamine - starting 6mp soon

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   Posted 3/28/2009 3:16 PM (GMT -7)   
     Josh, phone your pharmacist.  He/she will be best able to answer this question.
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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   Posted 3/28/2009 10:11 PM (GMT -7)   
Adderall and Prednisone should be fine to take together. I'm currently on both (although I don't take the Adderall all the time). The only concern my doc had was that being on both could be exacerbating the insomnia I get from the Pred.

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   Posted 3/29/2011 8:11 AM (GMT -7)   
I just got put on Pendinsone for Posion Ivy and i am on my frist night. i couldnt sleep at all and then once i did fall alseep i woudl have intense panic attacks. i look up to see if i could take my Xanax with it and this site is so helpful. I already have panic attacks but this was more intense then ever and it is only the frist night. tahnks for all the info everyone left!!! i also feel short of breath and i dont want to talk to anyone. i am in customer service and ever time i answer the phone i am real short with everyone. i cant wait to get off of it

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   Posted 3/29/2011 9:57 AM (GMT -7)   
mtgman said...
my primary care doc broke out the script pad for xanax so fast when i told him the pred dose i was on...
LOL....good one!  I can just picture it...hope it helped!

*Heather* I give suggestions, do with them what you will.
Status: ...Asacol 3 @ 2x daily; Salofalk enema @ 3rd night (nightly/ flares, tapered/maintenance)
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~Bentylol 20mg as needed; Zantac 150mg; Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma);Effexor XR 37.5 (depression)
~vitamins/minerals/supplements; Probiotics....(RenewLife Ultimate Flora Critical Care+Primadophilus Reuteri capsules @ bedtime)
~Metamucil capsules 6 twice daily with meals; Vitamin D 4500 IU
~URSO for PBC(or PSC?) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS" worth it !!!

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   Posted 3/29/2011 9:49 PM (GMT -7)   
I pushed an ER physician to give me something when I was told to go back on prednisone, but he wouldn't budge. I was pretty mad actually.
I said, something to help sleep? No.... you will get hooked.
Something for the anxiety? Nah, just exercise....
I wanted to punch him in the face! hahahaa!!

But that was a while back :) glad you guys found something to help manage more easily

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   Posted 3/30/2011 11:09 AM (GMT -7)   
     Josh, I was able to take xanax (I took the generic form) while on prednisone but my primary doctor only gave me the lowest dosage available.  When I was hospitalized for dehydration last summer (had a total colectomy with end ileo on June 28th) about a month after my operation, they gave me double the dose I usually took..lol...wow, did it ever knock me out!  Felt good to finally be able to sleep though.
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