I believe we are prescribed Prednisone because doctors really don't know how or have limited knowlede on how to help us. I read that most of the medication we take to help UC is based on medications used for other diseases or problems. I don't know if that's the case or not but I gather the medical community really doesn't know too much about the disease. So I can see that.
But I do have to say Prednisone has worked wonders for me but the side effects have been hard to deal with. I guess I have to take the good with bad.
But as far as being prescribed another drug while tapering off this drug is new to me too also. I just started taking Imuran about a week and a half ago while starting to taper off of Prednisone. So I have no idea if that helps but that did strike me as odd when my GI doc told me that.
Also, while I was in the hospital they shot Prednisone directly into my vains for 3 days straight every 6 hours (or maybe longer, I can't really remember). Never told me the dose I was taking and never told me what the side effects were. I have since learned to ask.
But as far as a good medical option, like I said, it really help with my flare but the side effects are too hard on me. It's really up the individual, I guess.