I completely agree with both subdued and Q. If you don't think your UC is that bad, and other things can help get it under control, try the rectals first. I had to try a few, but they really helped me with minor flares. If oral meds are all you have done thus far, I would not move to pred before trying rectals and upping the oral meds.
As far as pred, yes, it will buy you time if that is what you need. That is why I have ended up on it-the first time I was in the hospital, they put me on it, then I started Humira. Second time I was trying to avoid the hospital so I started, but ended up there anyway, then started Remicade. But my UC is that bad, and these were not minor flares. However, I never want to go back on it again. First, it doesn't help me enough to warrant the negative effects of it. Second, the side effects for me are huge. Besides the massive weight gain, moon face, acne, greasy hair and then hair falling out during the taper (all of which stunk), it caused me major mood swings, thinning skin, facial hair growth, delusions upon taper, depression, joint problems, and yes, high blood sugar. It is awful stuff-and when you are on it for a month, you have to taper. Tapering sucks. Of course, it hits everyone differently, and some people feel great on it-but for me personally, it isn't worth it.
Good luck and feel better!
35 years old, stay at home mom of 2 girls, ages 5 and 4
Currently expecting #3! Due 8/31/2011
Diagnosed in March 2007, symptoms started Dec. 2006
REMICADE (started 2/26/10), otherwise taking Asacol (6/day), slow-fe iron, milk thistle, multivitamin, calcium, Ultimate Flora Critical Care, Vit. C, Vit. D3, Omega 3, PepZin, MegaZyme, Folic Acid, B6 & B12