03-26-2010, 06:35 PM   #1
Admiral Ruffles
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I hate prednisone

Hey all
I'm a new poster here and I have a simple question. I really dislike prednisone and every side effect it has. I'm just wondering if there are any other treatments for a crohn's flare up other than prednisone? Thanks.
03-26-2010, 06:48 PM   #2
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Possibly I'm not sure

but pred does seem too control/help fairly quickly
it just has alot of side effects like you said

I've had hospital administered hydrocortiscone before, but this is just like pred only alot stronger, also has lot the same side effects

hav you thought about trying a low fibre low residue diet while on a flare? That can help
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03-26-2010, 08:49 PM   #3
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IME Prednisone is used short term until other treatments start working. Right now I am on prednisone until I can get Remicade and then I can start tapering down. Have they given you anything else? Things like 6-MP or Azathioprine take about 2 or 3 months before you start seeing results so they usually give me pred to relieve the inflammation until then.

I really dislike the side effects to, but it really helps the symptoms. I used to get ativan to take along side it, but I forgot this time around. I really wish I would have asked because the anxiety sucks.
03-26-2010, 11:21 PM   #4
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The only other thing I had prescribed that worked anywhere near as fast as pred was Metronidazole, an antibiotic that's occasionally used as a steroid sparing drug.
03-27-2010, 12:44 AM   #5
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I have decided I hate Prednisone too. I was only on it for short term and I dont want to use it again for sure!
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03-27-2010, 04:05 AM   #6
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You could try Budesonide (Entocort) it is a steroid but milder than Pred.
Pred has it's horrible side effects at high doses, but during a massive flare with inflammation and pain, it is THE business!
and remember, once you taper down, the side effects go


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BEEN ON -Azathioprine, 6MP, Prednisolone, Pentasa, Budesonide, Metronidazole, Humira, Methotrexate,

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03-27-2010, 10:50 AM   #7
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Prednisone = Evil
When in flare = 100% needed.
DX: Ulcerative Colitis (Pancolitis) - Jan 2007
DX: Gastritis - May 2007
DX: Osteoporosis April 2010
DX: Diabetes April 2010

Did not work:
Apriso caused bad joint pains.
mesalamine - Asacol
azathioprine AZA
Entocort EC

YES these are working:
Prednisone 40-60 mg daily. Down to 10/20mg
Cortfoam enemas
Protonix 40mg
Pain meds as needed.

Vitamin D

03-27-2010, 06:09 PM   #8
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It's the drug we hate to love.
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03-27-2010, 06:33 PM   #9
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Yeah it pretty much saved my life, but the side effects were pretty nasty!
03-28-2010, 02:01 PM   #10
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Been off prednisone for about 10 months now with no flare ups...thanks to Low Dose Naltrexone (LDN)!

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On Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD) but have started to introduce new foods

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