My GI had me taper really fast and a lot of people on here disagreed with what he prescribed, but he hates pred, I wanted to avoid it (but had to give in to get out of the flare), and it worked! I took 40mg for five days, 30mg for five days, 20mg for five days, 15mg for a little over a week (waiting to see the GI to discuss what to do next), 10mg for a week, then 10mg every other day for about two weeks (waiting to get through a job interview before I quit completely). I didn't have any trouble at all, but then again, the only side effect I had was a tiny bit of moonface.
Status: Remission since late May 2009!
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 twice weekly, Culturelle probiotic, and Zoloft (25 mg).