Re: 1st week of Prednisone for UC and sleepless… any hope?
i'm 65 and have had u/c and/or crohn's since i've been 20. in 2002 i was hospitalized the 1st and only time where dr. said i `flipped' from u/c to crohn's. after a week's stay, i was put on prednisone. since it's been many yrs., i can't remember how much, but yes, it had to be `dosed down' over time. i'm also bipolar (manic) and should never ever been put on prednisone because it made me so manic, obsessive, literally out of my mind. my shrink put me on ambien and i took ambien nightly for 3 mos. so i could sleep. after prednisone, i was put on what is called `6mp', `mercapturine' or `purinethenol'. it has been a godsend and i have not had 1 flare since being on 6mp. blood levels need to be monitored and it does cause fatigue but i have been flare-free since being on it. my only suggestion is to read up on pred. and 6mp. pred. is a godsend in some way, yet a nightmare in other ways but hopefully she won't be on it very long.