There is no safe dosage of prednisone. Even small amounts, less than 10mg, can have life long side effects even if taken for a short period of time (one month). No one can predict how it will effect you. Prednisone can be a life saver, it certainly helped me when I had a severe flare that was not responding to the other UC meds but it should be taken with caution and the patient should be well educated on the length of time they are willing to submit to the drug and have made choices for alternative options well ahead of time. Also, anyone on any dose of prednisone should be taking a calcium supplement as well as engaging in regular weight-bearing exercise. This will help reduce or eliminate possible bone loss.
dx proctitis in 1987
dx UC in 1991, was stable until 1998
1998 started prednisone, asacol, pentasa, nortriptylene, ativan, 6MP, rowasa enemas and suppositories, hydrocortisone enemas, tried the SCD diet, being a vegetarian, omega 3s, flax, pranic healing, yoga, acupuncture, probiotics
2000 lost all my B-12 stores and became anemic
2001 opted for j-pouch surgery- now living life med-free