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    Prednisone Alternatives
    maan1 posted:
    Hi, I'm 22 years old, was diagnosed with UC at 19 years old. For the most part, my flare ups seem to be stress induced/related, not triggered by certain foods. Have gone off and on prednisone a few times to keep some flares under control. Having some issues at the moment, doctor wants to put me back on prednisone/steroids if it doesn't get better soon. I really really hate going on these steroids, mostly because I gain significant amounts of weight and just managed to lose most of it, and would love to know if anyone has any suggestions/alternatives?
    sheba_q responded:
    I think all of my flare ups have been stress induced. You didn't say - are you taking a maintenance med? Also are you watching your diet?
    maan1 replied to sheba_q's response:
    I take 5 grams of Lialda and 100 mg of Azathioprine (Imuran) daily. Diet has been good for the past few months - fresh fruits, veggies, as little wheat as possible, try to stay away from too many processed foods when I can.
    sheba_q replied to maan1's response:
    I know when I have had a flare up, my GI will tell me to increase my med (Dipentum), and to watch what I eat and my stress levels. If that doesn't do it then she'll put me on something else, most likely prednisone.

    Are you taking any vitamins, supplements, etc? I just saw my GI today and she didn't bat an eye at the list of vitamins I take daily - it tends to scare most doctors, who then start asking questions. Have you looked into taking probiotics (may not be recommended with Imuran). That's what finally pushed me over the edge into the fairly healthy category.

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