Hi mxb203! I was very, very worried about
going on prednisone, too. I started on 40 for two weeks and have decreased by 5 mg. per week and will be on 15 this Wednesday! Looking back, the prednisone "knocked" my flare out within a few days and although I have had an increase in the munchies and sometimes rather 'hyper' energy, I'm glad I took it and would probably take it again, if needed. I did have hot flashes vs. night sweats and even though the doctor didn't think I needed more calcium, I have been taking the Viactiv chews (winn-dixie brand) just in case. Keep us posted!
Pancolitis diagnosed 5/07
started on 2 Lialda/day and increased to 4 Lialda/day since 8/01/07
40 mg. Prednisone for two weeks starting 9/16/07 and tapering by 5mg per week started 9/28/07
Activia yogurt; multi-vitamin; extra calcium supplement; omega 3's