Wow, so many different approaches.
I'll just weigh in and say that, like fruitgirl, I found 20 was helping but I couldn't get healed enough to taper without geting worse again. So I bumped up to 30 and am hoping staying at 25-30 for a couple weeks will get me healed enough to be able to taper back to 20 (where side effects subside) and slowly down from there. But this has been a particularly bad flare for me, so we'll see.
I am wondering, why not just taper down and not risk problems of dropping off?
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, tried to taper but now back up to 20-30 after several really bad days. Waiting for insurance decison on Humira...soon...