Tips for a successful prednisone wean.

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redspot321
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Date Joined Jan 2006
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   Posted 8/30/2008 9:00 AM (GMT -7)   
Im trying to wean form 45mg of PRED for the millionth time. Everytime I hit 5mg I flare and have to start all over again.
 
This time Im week 5 of Humira so Im hoping this will have kicked in by the time I reach 20mg or so....
 
 
Is there anything I can do to stimulate my Adrenal Glands to start producing cortisol while on pred?
 
Im guessing moderate exercise and lots of fluids might help.
 
 
29 YO Male
 
-CD diagnosed in 2005 illieum
-63cm bowel resection in Feb 08
-Steroid dependant following surgery
Humira Start date 8/1/08


patientspiders
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   Posted 8/30/2008 9:18 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm in the same boat... Today is day 1 of my 20mg week... 5mg down every week...

I've been gradually increasing my exercise level, and man do I "feel the burn"! My legs are like rubber after cleaning house all day yesterday. And you're right on track with the fluids... I didn't pay attention last time I tapered and I completely bottomed out when I hit the end of the taper... I'm hoping that the fluids will help keep things working...

I know I personally cannot go from 5mg to ZERO, I have to do a week at 2.5mg first. That's an option to keep in mind in case you feel like you're gonna bottom out. I wish I had another magical tip, but I think you've got the right idea. I'm crossing my fingers and hoping the Humira will/has kicked in too!

I'll cross my fingers for us both.
26f, dx'd CD July '05 after 6 fistula/abscess surgeries
Currently running on Humira and Hope.
(miscarried at 13 weeks, now waiting to heal before trying again)

"Our greatest fear is not that we are inadequate, but that we are powerful beyond measure."

~Marianne Williamson


redspot321
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Date Joined Jan 2006
Total Posts : 303
   Posted 8/30/2008 9:32 AM (GMT -7)   
http://www.sarcinfo.com/weaning.htm

Heres a great article.

"At 5mg per day, it is usually advisable to reduce by only ½ mg at a time, remaining at each new dose level for periods up to a month if symptoms dictate. "
29 YO Male
 
-CD diagnosed in 2005 illieum
-63cm bowel resection in Feb 08
-Steroid dependant following surgery
Humira Start date 8/1/08

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