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   Posted 5/5/2010 4:31 PM (GMT -7)   
MY GI CALLED AND WANTS ME to taper med I am currently taking 40 mg
he wants me starting tomorrow to go down to 30 mg for 1 week, 20 next week,
10 next week, then 10 every other day
opinions appreciated

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   Posted 5/5/2010 4:43 PM (GMT -7)   
I have had docs taper me this way before. Well, not the 10 every other day. I usually go down to 5 then stop. But I've cut those little pills into halves and fourths when I was really having a hard time getting off of it. I do tend to do better with a slower taper. I recently went 40-35-30-25, but the week at 25 didn't go well, so this week we bumped it up to 30 again. So far, I think it could be better, so maybe we will have to bump it up again. How are your symptoms? I always feel like my docs are in a hurry to taper, but it never goes well if I am having even mild symptoms not yet under control. Good luck! I can't wait to get off the pred.
Dxd CD in 2003. Scope Aug/09 shows UC.
Meds: Colazal, prilosec, darvocet, prednisone, cipro, flagyl

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   Posted 5/5/2010 5:00 PM (GMT -7)   
10 mg every other day seems weird. I've done the exact same taper except 5mg/day the final 10 days.
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   Posted 5/5/2010 7:40 PM (GMT -7)   
I don't know...I can't taper that fast. Alot depends on how long you've been on it too. I was on pred one time for a year...and had to tapper really really slow. I did the 5mg down ever week. My Dr. was pretty cool about my smptoms and letting me control it. When I was finally off it completley....a few weeks later I get pretty sevre (reactive arthritus) that lasts a couple of months. NOT FUN! but, Fish Oil helps ALOT!
Good Luck
 "Get busy living or get busy dying"
Dx in 2005 with Crohns after a Hysterectomy. Re-section in 2006...came apart so got to do it again! Frequent Kidney stones and Shingles... a new present as of 08-09 Diabetes Type 2. Total of 12 surgerys.
Imran, Asacol, Colestid, Bentyl, Lamotil, Paxil, Nexium, Probiodicts, Vit D, Folic Acid, Lots of Potassium, Fish Oil, up to 6 Immodium a day. Oh, and one Giant Pill holder!

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   Posted 5/5/2010 7:56 PM (GMT -7)   
I am not sure if you are aware but you actually have a couple of other active threads that you started with this same topic and responses. Did you not like any of the the responses?
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