Since you've been at 40mg for 5 weeks and not seen much of an effect, have you considered speaking with your doctor about
bumping up the prednisone to a higher dose to get into remission soon and then taper down? ....especially as prednisone should normally have an effect very soon if it's going to work for you at a certain dosage -- sooner than 5 weeks at least.
That way, if it's not going to work then at least you can then start tapering off it instead of continuing on it without benefit.
Metamucil has helped me a lot. It bulks up BMs, resulting in fewer BMs too.
Rio, 33 year old male. Diagnosed with UC in 2006
Azathioprine (stopped), 4800 mg Asacol
Vitamin E enema or Canasa/Mesacol suppository occasionally
Post Edited (Rio in Maryland) : 8/14/2009 10:15:42 AM (GMT-6)