how long till prednisone starts helping?

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Beth75
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   Posted 9/12/2007 6:18 AM (GMT -7)   
I started taking 60mg of prednisone a day since 9/7 and stopped taking my lialda on 9/6.  I have been having more blood in my stools, but I go less times per day (mostly in the am a few times before I leave the house) and don't know how long it generally takes to see improvement.
 
I know I am probably being impatient but............
Beth, 31
UC Diagnosed March 2000
Lialda 2.4mg 1xday since 8/24/07 (prev. Asacol 4800mg day),Calcium and Vit D 500mg 2xday.
Minimal Change Disease (Kidney Disorder) Diagnosed Sept 2007
Prednisone 60mg 1xday, Simvastatin 20 mg 1xday
Diovan 80mg 1xday. Fosomax 1xweek 70mg. MCD may be from hypersensitivty to 5ASA drugs.


kb5
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   Posted 9/12/2007 6:26 AM (GMT -7)   
This last round of pred took about 3 weeks to kick in for me. It's hard not to be impatient. I can't wait til imuran starts doing something!!! With your other medical issues I don't know if the pred is going to take longer because it has more to work on. I don't even know if that makes sense but I wish you luck! I hope you feel better soon!
Kelly, 29

Left sided UC diagnosed 1/98 age 19, Pan colitis diagnosed 1/07
Currently on 4x3 Asacol, Rowasa every other night, down to 15 mg pred.
75mg Imuran starting 8/23/07---fingers crossed!
Prontonix once daily for acid reflux, zofran twice daily for nausea


barnsbury
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Date Joined Jan 2006
Total Posts : 464
   Posted 9/12/2007 6:54 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Beth
 
I have found the more times I have had to take Pred over the years - the longer each time now takes to have any effect.  I was also diagnosed in 2000 and have been on and off it for years now.  Right now, if  I had to go back to 40mg - it would take around a month for symptoms to get better.  So, stick with it, it will happen!
 
Good luck
Back on Pred - 10mg - Steroid Dependent :-(
Azathioprine 125mg
Actonel 35mg
Predfoam
VSL #3 with Activa Yoghurt
EPA Fish Oils
Asacol x 9
Remicade every 8 weeks  (Stopped working)
Aloe Vera Lily of the Desert Juice  Gave me the worst D !
Primadophilus Reuteri Probiotic
Prograf Tacrolimus 4mg
 


FosterDad
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Date Joined Aug 2007
Total Posts : 97
   Posted 9/12/2007 9:16 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello....
I started taking 50mg of Pred. 12 days ago and have noticed a huge difference.  This is the first time Ive been on it. 
Hang in there.
Just diagnosed Aug. 14/07
Asacol 2 x 4 (5-Aminosalicylic Acid 400mg)
Pred. 40mg


Beth75
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   Posted 9/12/2007 9:34 AM (GMT -7)   
thanks! I can't wait!
Beth, 31
UC Diagnosed March 2000
Lialda 2.4mg 1xday since 8/24/07 (prev. Asacol 4800mg day),Calcium and Vit D 500mg 2xday.
Minimal Change Disease (Kidney Disorder) Diagnosed Sept 2007
Prednisone 60mg 1xday, Simvastatin 20 mg 1xday
Diovan 80mg 1xday. Fosomax 1xweek 70mg. MCD may be from hypersensitivty to 5ASA drugs.


UCinGV
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Date Joined Mar 2007
Total Posts : 389
   Posted 9/12/2007 10:00 AM (GMT -7)   
For me, pred usually makes a big difference the next day. But I guess everybody's different.
12 Asacol
100 mg Imuran
6 or 9 fish oil pills
4 Acidophilus pills
4 Caprylic Acid pills


kb5
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Date Joined Jan 2007
Total Posts : 1015
   Posted 9/12/2007 10:52 AM (GMT -7)   
I agree with KSU everytime I take pred it takes longer to work and has gotten harder to get off of completely. It also depends on how badly you are flaring. It sounds like you have been flaring pretty bad so hang in there!
Kelly, 29

Left sided UC diagnosed 1/98 age 19, Pan colitis diagnosed 1/07
Currently on 4x3 Asacol, Rowasa every other night, down to 15 mg pred.
75mg Imuran starting 8/23/07---fingers crossed!
Prontonix once daily for acid reflux, zofran twice daily for nausea

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