10mg is a really, really low starting dose for treating UC. Most people start at 40 or 60mg. No dose of pred is safe long-term, but your dose is low and should be just fine short term. Sometimes it's worth the risk of taking pred to stop the UC symptoms. Don't worry too much about
side effects...I feel that if you worry that you'll get them all it does it make it worse!
As for affording your prescript
ion, here is information about
the patient assistance program the manufacturer has. You might be able to get the Rx filled for free or very low cost.
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 10mg of Prednisone (quick taper), Culturelle probiotic, and Zoloft (25 mg).