If you must stop then tapering definitely would be in order. It would be nice if the right meds could be found for you.
My husband is obviously in a different category since he is finally getting into a remission and the drugs he is on must be what works for him.
From what I have read and been told when you are in a really bad flare and can finally get out of it, it is easier to manage a remission than to try to get a bad flare under control.
As time goes on I am sure it is very tempting to want to stop meds when it seems like you're feeling quite normal. Maybe some of his meds can be reduced but I would be very nervous to see him try to eliminate them having seen him go to hell and back. Never want to see him that sick and in that much pain again.
Good Luck with trying the other meds. Hope something finally makes a noticeable difference for you.
61 yr old male~Colitis 1st diagnosed Jan '05-cleared up within a few wks. Flared again in May '06 (now UC) & hospitalized 5/07-currently heading towards a remission. Osteopena of spine from prednisone DX 8/07 Oct 07 feeling quite normal most days. 150mg Imuran 15 mg prednisone & tapering, 12 Asacol, Lidocaine Hydrochloride Jelly 2%,multi vitamin, iron 1X day, DanActive, chewable calcium, Prilosec 20mg, enalapril 10mg, glipizide 5 mg, zocor 20 mg, baby aspirin, (Fentanyl pain patch 50mg 72 hrs Morphine Sulf 15 mg twice daily)Cortifoam enemas AM & PM, folic acid 1mg, Fosamax 1x month