Many people have trouble tapering off the pred without symptoms rebounding. Usually then the doc will have you increase the dosage until you stabilize and then taper again at a slower pace. Maybe someone here will chime in; I would be hesitant to re-increase without the doc's ok.
When my son was tapering a few years ago, his doc gave me instructions for the taper and also instructions as to how much to re-increase if symptoms rebounded.
Suebear, I know you and I see the "pred dependency" thing differently, but it seems to me that, being on it only 6 weeks and having started only at 20 mg, my hunch is that probably the initial inflammation wasn't addressed completely to begin with. I think it's a bit hasty to throw around a scary term like prednisone dependency when one was diagnosed not even 2 months ago.
I was on pred for about
2 years.... bad? Definitely! But... I got off it and have not used it since. So.... to my way of thinking the dependency is an inexact thing, almost more of a judgement call.
Aubur, for the weekend.... I might try some soluble fiber (Metamucil, Benefiber, etc) - just a small dose at first, but - 2 capsules of Metamucil did my son a world of good this spring in a flare, within 24 hours - and I've also have good experience with Slippery Elm, tincture that I mixed with water (worked better for me than the capsules...)
Immodium can be used cautiously and infrequently by us, but since you're away from home, if you're in a situation you really need to just stop your bowels,... again, my son's doc this spring said he could take it like just once if he needed to for a special event. I've never taken it.
Good luck! Keep us posted.
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Age 54. Diagnosed UP 1983, UC 1986
Prednisone 2 years! 86-88
Now:Asacol - 16 pills/day, Rowasa 2x/week
Metamucil - 2 doses/day since '86
VSL#3DS, Multivitamin, Calcium and D
homemade yogurt each day
hip replacement 4/5/10
Doing well since April
Son, 17, dx pancolitis 2007, in remission
Post Edited (songlady) : 7/31/2010 10:58:46 AM (GMT-6)