Ok, so I've been on pred for almost three weeks now. I did five days at 40mg, five days at 30mg, five days and 20mg, and I've been on 15mg for three days now. I see my GI on Tuesday and the plan was for me to stay on 15mg until I see him again, but I'd really like to go ahead and drop down to 5 or 10mg on Sunday.
I've had one to two absolutely non-urgent, well-formed BMs/day since the second or third day on pred. I've had no symptoms return so far (perhaps a tiny bit of bleeding, but I really think it was my hemmies and not the UC), and I've been eating quite a bit of "challenging" high-fiber foods (raw veggies, berries, oatmeal, beans), which made the D worse when I was flaring.
I called my GIs office to see what he thought about tapering, but he's on vacation right now. His medical assistant thought it would be good for me to go ahead and taper more.
What do you all think? Would you go ahead and taper more, and if so, would you go to 5 or 10mg?
Symptoms began in November 2008, ~4 weeks after giving birth to my son.
Eased for ~3 weeks in December, possibly b/c of probiotic use?
Returned in January 2009 (with a vengeance), diagnosed with pancolitis on January 30.
Currently taking Asacol (400mg 4 pills 3x daily), Rowasa nightly,
40mg 30mg 20mg 15mg of Prednisone (quick taper), Culturelle probiotic, and Zoloft (25 mg).