I have been on Asacol since Jan 09. In May while 5 mos pregnant I became very anemic and had a blood transfusion and put on Prednisone. Since thenmy doctor has tried weining me off the Prednisone, however they symptoms flare every time i get down to 20 mg. I am going to start Mercaptopurine tomorrow while continuing the Prednisone for 3 mos while I decrease off the dosage. Has anyone tried similar med's and what results did you have?
13 May 2010
I have been on asacol, and prednisone for severe, late stage crohns disease. I had a real tough time coming off of prednisone and in fact was told I would be on it the rest of my life. with careful slow weaning, I was able to get off and stay off until years later and another flairup. The everyother day doseage decrease at and below 20mg worked best for me but it would depend on how high your dose has been and how low you can go. Later when i had a flairup, my doctor put me on asacol. It helped but not as directly as the predinsone. It took longer, didnt work as well but came with less side effects. I prefer asacol if/when possible. right now, i take nothing. I found that stress reduction worked the best for me.
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