I've been on and off prednisone since being diagnosed in 1998. This is my second flare in less than a year, and needless to say, not happy about being back on the prednisone.
I have never noticed a discoloration of my skin. I did get more hair above my lip but removed it with Nair. I have full blown osteoporosis (bone scan read minus 3.5) but only take calcium with vitamin D as Fosamax and other drugs for osteoporosis can cause ulcerations in the esophagus, which I certainly don't need. The highest dose the doctor will give me of prednisone is 40 mgm with a weekly taper of 5 mgm. He originally tries me at 20 but that never does squat. Total waste at starting me at 20 mgm back in June because it did absolutely nothing. So three weeks ago he increased it to 40 mgm and increase my 6MP to 100 mgm from 50 mgm. I am now tapered down to 30 mgm of prednisone. My bilirubin is up a bit and I have to have an ultrasound done of the liver, pancreas and gall bladder this week. I also take Colazal, Cort enemas nightly and Canasa suppository in the morning. Just started seeing a chiropractor last week too. Trying to alleviate some stress.
62 yr old granny. South Jersey
Diagnosed with ulcerative proctitis in 1998 in hospital
Hospitalized (2nd time) in May 2008
Meds as of June 09: Colazal (6 per day), 6MP (50 mgm), Probiotic (upped to 3 per day), Fish oil capsule, calcium, multivitamin, Cort enema nightly, Canasa in morning. Also taking Benicar and Toprol to control high blood pressure. Getting old is a b****.