Well, I can't say that I've been in remission for a long time, since I just got there in early May, but so far, so good!
I was put on pred the day before St. Patrick's Day (I remember b/c we had an office potluck on St. Patrick's Day itself) after struggling to get out of a flare. I was almost there using Asacol and Rowasa, then I got a tummy bug that threw me back into it. I wasn't as bad as I was before I was diagnosed, but I was having 8-ish urgent BM's (diarrhea) per day. My doc and I both decided I'd been sick for long enough.
I did a pretty unconventional course of pred and a lot of people on here disagreed with what my doc prescribed, but it worked for me. He hates having to prescribe it and I really wanted to avoid it, which is why we did such a quick course. I took 40mg for five days, 30mg for five days, 20mg for five days, 15mg for five days, 10mg for a little over a week (waiting to see my GI to discuss the next step), then 10mg every other day for a couple of weeks (I think) while I was waiting to get through a job interview.
I noticed a BIG change the day after I started taking it (# of BMs cut in half) and by the second day, I was down to 1-2 formed, non-urgent BM's day. During the time I was taking 10mg every other day, I got food poisoning, which set me back a tiny bit. I was having pretty loose stools (not really diarrhea, but not that formed, either) and they were a little bit urgent. I think I got that back under control by eating avocado, but who really knows?
Anyway, I've been off pred since April 27th and am doing quite well. I'm eating anything that I want and am only having 2 non-urgent formed BMs/day.
I didn't have too much trouble with side effects, either. I slept like a rock the entire time I was on it, and nobody told me I was moody or irrational. I did have a little bit of moonface (which looked good on me b/c I'd lost a lot of weight and had really hollw cheeks) and some munchies, but overall, I was ok.
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).