Prednisone is a drug that belongs to the corticosteroid drug class, and is an
anti-inflammatory and immune system suppressant. It's used to treat a variety of diseases and conditions, for example: inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn's
disease and ulcerative colitis), lupus, asthma, cancers, and several types of
Common side effects are weight gain, headache, fluid retention, and muscle weakness. Other effects and adverse events include glaucoma, cataracts, obesity, facial hair growth, moon face, and growth retardation in children. This medicine also causes psychiatric problems, for example: depression, insomnia, mood swings, personality changes, and psychotic behavior. Serious side effects include reactions to diabetes drugs, infections, and necrosis of the hips and joints.
Corticosteroids like prednisone, have many drug interactions; examples include: estrogens, phenytoin (Dilantin), diuretics, warfarin (Coumadin, Jantoven), and diabetes drugs. Prednisone is available as tablets of 1, , 10, 20, and 50 mg; extended release tablets of 1, 2, and 5mg; and oral solution of 5mg/5ml. It's use during the first trimester of pregnancy may cause cleft palate. This medicine is secreted in breast milk and can cause side effects in infants who are nursing. You should not stop taking prednisone abruptly because it can cause withdrawal symptoms and adrenal failure. Talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other medical professional if you have questions about beta-blockers. Talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other medical professional if you have questions about prednisone.
If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist. In the US -Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.
Very interesting. I have been having problems with my stomach all my life (now 31) and I think it all started with my lactose-intolerance. I have just recently started a diet after reading up on paleo-diet, scd-diet, gaps-diet and such. They more or less have the same diet with veggies, meat and fish and so.
I have been cheating a bit with lactosefree dairy though and immediately feel worse so I’ll try my best to keep it more hardcore from now on though and perhaps eat dairy later on.
Thanks a lot Lindsey for sharing this story, it gives us hope =)
I am so sorry to hear about how this nasty colitis has affected you and the rest of your family so much. I definitely understand exactly what you are talking about. In fact, i am in the middle of a nasty flare up at this very moment, and wanting more than ever to get things back in order to move on through life(its a great feeling writing like this to someone who knows exactly what I’m talking about)j
Anyways, to answer your question as best I can “What is remission exactly..?”
For me, I felt I was in remission finally after just about one year of being diagnosed. After my diagnosis I had tried prednisone,asascol,colazal,sulfasalazine,Remicade, and Humira(in that order) also some enemas mixed in. Anyways, nothing seemed to get me in any type of symptom free state for more than a day or two, so I considered them all a failure in that respect. Once I started the SCD diet after trying all those medications, things started to improve. By improve I mean harder bowel movemnts, blood getting much less in volume and in frequency, and gaining weight back. Eventually after about 6 weeks on the strict diet, I was off all medications and taking 1-2 craps per day. Things were looking really up for the next 14 months. But, now, I find myself in a pretty bad flare up once again. I have not gone on any meds yet, and the bleeding and loose stools are back. I do believe that me changing my strictness on the diet over the last six months very well could be the contributing factor in why I am where I am currently. So I still have faith in the diet, especially as I know far too many people who have had much more continued success on it than me, and who are also more strict on it than I am.