Tapering off Prednisone

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Date Joined Feb 2007
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   Posted 8/17/2007 3:55 PM (GMT -6)   
I have been on 20mg all year long. My bleeding stopped about 3 months so now at My last Dr visit I was told to taper by 5 mgs every two weeks. Well needless to say my stools are getting a lot looser. I am scared to flare again, but my Dr really stressed that I need to get off this drug or very bad long term effects will occur.  Any kind of suggestions would be appreciated. Maybe there are always changes in bowel habits when tapering since this is such a powerful drug.
Severe Colitis (pancolitis) since January 9, 2005
currently:  I can honestly say Under Control now after 1 yr flare.
RX/day:  20mg prednisone; 2400mg Asacol; 150 Azathioprine
OTC: Acidophilus Pearls; seldom use vitamins & other natural treatments
FYI: Began SCD diet 5/1/07 and caprylic acid-UC improved dramatically.

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Date Joined Jan 2007
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   Posted 8/17/2007 3:58 PM (GMT -6)   
If you want to taper a little slower you could go 20 one day and 15 the next for awhile. I would still talk to you doc but he is right about the badness. I can't wait to start immuran and get off of this drug!
Kelly, 29

Left sided UC diagnosed 1/98 age 19, Pan colitis diagnosed 1/07
Currently on 4x3 Asacol, Rowasa every other night, back to 30 mg pred.
Waiting for prometheus test to start Immuran
Prontonix once daily for acid reflux, zofran twice daily for nausea

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