I am tapering off Prednisone and have been on it since April 2006. I had a blood test the other day and am quite low in Potassium. They gave me a food list of things to eat that are high in Potassium and they are mostly foods I like and eat regularly, so I was surprised about the low Potassium. I did a little Web search and low and behold, Prednisone can cause low Potassium. Now I was well aware about the link between Pred and needing to watch your Calcium and to be careful of high sodium foods, but I was not aware of the Potassium link. Just thought I'd mention it in case anyone else was similarly unaware.
Mmmmmm..... banana smoothie here I come ....
Diagnosed UC April 27, 2006
Remicade: 1st infusion 7/21/07; 2nd infusion 8/18/07
Colazal three 750 mg capsules 3X day; Protonix;
Prednisone 4/27/06-present; failed at every taper attempt until Remicade infusion. Currently alternating 5/0 mg;
Xanax; Rowesa; Asacol; [2/22/07 started Imuran, off within two weeks due to bad reaction]