It's waaaaay too overprescribed and used as a first-line med unnecessarily. It's cheap.
I think it should be used after the "supposed to be" first-line meds are exhausted.
A short tapered course could be used as a booster with the 5ASA meds.
It's a miracle med....for sure. I think it's an easy out for many docs who like to do things "the old-fashioned way".
Have I ever been on it??? never needed to be because the 5ASA meds have worked......definitely slower but consistent on the improvement scale.
Will I ever be on it? I'd have NO problem with a 10 day to 2 week fast tapered course. Too many bad things about
it that I'm not willing to risk for longer term dosaging.
One has a right to refuse any meds.
Regarding members on this site who have been on pred.....all I see is misery and some with serious side effects.
*Heather*Status:mini flare June 23* 6asacol daily+ Salofalk (tapered every 4th night)
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~5ASA: Asacol + Salofalk enemas (increase for flares tapered to maintenance)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed
~Probiotic 2 (Natural Factors Protec) + 1 (Primadophilus Reuteri) at bedtime
~Natural Factors Multi Digestive Enzymes with supper
~Ranitidine,Pariet (reflux) Effexor XR 75mg; Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma)
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS" worth it !!!
Post Edited (quincy) : 11/3/2007 2:07:55 AM (GMT-6)