Posted 8/1/2012 7:29 PM (GMT -6)
I'm decreasing my Prednisone down from 30 mg a day for 2 weeks to 15 mg right now. I don't know if I stayed at 20 mg long enough but I just hate being on this stuff. It does help with the pain in my joints but I retain water, sweat, eat and gain weight.
I was on 30 mg for 10 days about a month ago and I stopped with no taper, per my physician and I had an awful time after I stopped. I felt like I had been run over by a truck , in pain and exhausted. He tried putting me to low dose of 5mg but it didn't do anything.
I'm on MTX 5mg once a week now along with the Prednisone. I'd like to get down to 5mg a day but I'm going to see how I feel. I travel for work and I have been fortunate that I had a break when this all started. I need to get to a place where I am comfortable, stable and the travel won't wear me out.
So after that long answer, I think using prednisone is different for everyone. You will have to base it on how you feel. Wishing you the best !