I've had UC for eleven years. Yes, I was on prednisone...too often. Years ago the prednisone would work and I would be able to taper 10 mgm per week and get off the stuff within two months. For the past three years, not so lucky. I had a severe flare last year, hospitalized for ten days and was on and off prednisone for the better part of seven months. I am also on 6MP. Another flare started this past May. I started the prednisone in June and am finally down to 5 mgm. Looks like this flare is finally burning itself out. The doctor hates me being on the stuff. I already have osteoporosis, high blood pressure and with this last round...blood sugar skyrocketed. Good thing I knew the symptoms of diabetes before I went into a coma. Was able to control it by strict diet. I check my blood glucose morning and night now instead of four times a day and it is fine..whew. Both parents were diabetics and mom was insulin dependent with major complications at the end of her life from diabetes.
I am not a candidate for Remicade and from what I have read about it...really wouldn't want to be on it, although a lot of people are helped but just as many eventually build up immunity to it too and have some bad reactions. Ask your doctor about Imuran and 6MP first.
Diagnosed with ulcerative proctitis in 1998 in hospital
Hospitalized (2nd time) in May 2008 for ten days.
Remission Nov 08 thru May of 09.
Slowly coming out of flare. Meds: Colazal (6 per day), prednisone 10 mgm and tapering weekly, Cort enema nightly, Canasa in morning, Benicar 20 mg for BP, flaxseed oil 3 x a day, fishoil 2 x a day, probiotic 3 x a day, calcium with D 1x a day and multivitamin.
Doctor had me on 100 mgm of 6MP which drastically lowered my white count. Now off the 6MP pending results of repeat white count. UGH.