Posted 10/28/2007 5:17 PM (GMT -8)
Asacol is a pretty an innocuous drug and if you're not having any problems on it, you might want to stay on it in your small maintenance dose. (I think 3 tabs is at the low end of the doses.)
With tapering the Pred from 35mg, you're looking at about 6 weeks more at least. The more gradually you decrease, the better off you are.
I agree with Quincy that it's a shame you didn't start on the rectal meds (Rowasa, Canasa, Cortifoam, etc.) instead of the Pred. Pred is hard to get off of for a lot of us and it has all kinds of side effects that the the rectal meds don't have. It's not too late to try them! Great for stopping all the bleeding. It might also help you taper off the Pred sooner if you used a non-steroidal rectal med like Rowasa.
I think a natural approach is good and can also be combined w/meds too. I've never had any luck myself with all the natural stuff I tried: probiotics, tumeric, fish oil, slippery elm, ginger, etc. BUT I think that meditation, deep breathing, yoga, acupuncture and other things can also help.
Don't worry about taking the Pred. It sounds like you're doing a lot better and that's great!
I would ask your doctor as many questions as you need to really understand why s/he is prescribing this particular treatment. It took me a long time to really understand what was going on. I finally started keeping copies of my colonoscopy reports and actually reading them. (I love when they tell you their findings while the sedation is still keeping your brain fuzzy! I never remember a thing!)