Average dose of Prednisone? Or highest?

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   Posted 11/9/2007 7:29 PM (GMT -7)   
Just curious as to what most people take. Last year, my doc weaned me from the IV steroid to 50mg before leaving the hospital both times. Then I slowly weaned off that after awhile. GI wasn't comfortable with me taking more than 50mg.
I'm back on 20mg because I'm starting to flare but am not noticing the side effects (yet) that I had at 50mg.
I take 10mg when I'm struggling with asthma and it usually kicks it into shape.
What is the most you've taken? What is the "average" dose for someone with Crohns? What do YOU consider to be high doses of the evil stuff? ;)

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   Posted 11/10/2007 4:14 PM (GMT -7)   
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   Posted 11/10/2007 5:03 PM (GMT -7)   
most I took was 40mg
Symptoms Of Crohn's June of '06 (21 years old 285lbs). Colonoscopy in Jan '07 no sign of Crohn's.
Surgery for a Fistula in April '07, diagnosed suggestive Crohn's in May '07. August '07 small bowel follow
through, diagnosed with Crohn's (22 years old 160lbs). On HUMIRA, Prednisone
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   Posted 11/10/2007 5:21 PM (GMT -7)   
The most I have taken is 80 mg. Now, I've taken it so much that even when I am on 10mg side effects start.

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   Posted 11/10/2007 6:51 PM (GMT -7)   
My highest was 60 mg.

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   Posted 11/10/2007 7:41 PM (GMT -7)   
I am currently taking 60 mg, but I am being treated for Pyoderma Gangrenosa. The highest I was on related to Crohns was 40mg. I recently read that 60mg and over is considered a "high" dose but that was just one reference I found. On 40mg, I tapered down and remeber from the 20mg down it took me a while to get off of that.. I am fearing the "moon face" this time around.. did not get it in 40 and lower.. there have been several posts recently about prednisone..and the lovely side effects that we go through.. take care

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   Posted 11/10/2007 8:00 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi. I have been on 40mg at the highest and am now down to 10 mg. I am also on entocort 6 mg so my moonface could be from that. I haven't gained as much weight this time on pred, I was on 20 and weaned down. My rheumy says I can start weaning down soon very slowly and can even stay at 5 mg if need be, once the humira kicks in.
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   Posted 11/10/2007 9:57 PM (GMT -7)   
highest I had was 20mg, the GI said he didn't want to put me on any higher because i am thin (?)

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   Posted 11/10/2007 10:22 PM (GMT -7)   
I don't think weight matters. I am 5'3" and usually about 95 lbs when I need prednizone and have been on 80 mg.

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   Posted 11/10/2007 10:53 PM (GMT -7)   
I was on 80 mg at the very beginning.  Later I read that 80 mg is too high to give a person for a one day total.  At first the side effects took a long time to occur.  The last time I was on it, I swear it was only like a week before I started having all the side effects.  It seemed to have a cumulative effect on me.     

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   Posted 11/11/2007 9:13 AM (GMT -7)   
My son had 80 mg, and they used the weight to find out how much he could handle.

My highest dose was 40 mg for only two days....had pred just once. Loved it. Got so much energy and all the pain was blown away. No moonface either. But probs while lower doses. ALL my pain returned. :/

Diagnosed CD June 2007. Have been on a minor prednisone medication. Did make a difference while max dosed. Got my problems back when tapering.
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   Posted 11/11/2007 12:12 PM (GMT -7)   
my highest was 40mgs. which reminds me i need to change my signature line ...i am down to 15mgs as of yesterday :)
.: stephanie :.
32 y/o female diagnosed 8/8/7 with crohn's of the terminal ileum w/ stricture/scarring
currently taking 20mg prednisone, 4000mg pentasa daily & vicodin for pain

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   Posted 11/11/2007 1:20 PM (GMT -7)   
Highest i've been on was 50mb for a few days, then down to 40mg for 4 weeks.
I gained 10 pounds in a month, got the moonface, sleeping problems, and fast heartbeat.
I'm down to 25mg now, should be off pred by early Jan if all goes well.  I noticed the moonface has gone down in the last week and my friends too, so good news for me! :)
Glad your not feelin the side effects (yet at least and hopefully you don't) I hate this horrible drug.
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Taking Prednisone 25mg, Imuran 75mg (eventually 150mg I was told), Atenolol 25mg for fast heartbeat and Restoril 30mg for the sleepless nights (thanks Pred!)

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   Posted 11/11/2007 11:37 PM (GMT -7)   
daughter given 60 mg solumedrol

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   Posted 11/12/2007 7:20 AM (GMT -7)   
80 sol medrol iv steriod in hospital for a week, then 60mg of predisone when come out of hospital taking months to taper off. Every single time i would get to 15 mg or 10 everything would slowly very slowly start to return. I would lose weight on steriods being on the high dosage but only till i would drop off them get to a low dosage then would put on about 5-7 pounds and side effects would hit.

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   Posted 11/12/2007 3:54 PM (GMT -7)   
Highest for me was 40mg. so far. I'm now at 10mg, and all my symptoms are coming back! I've been steadily losing weight, even on the Prednisone...I guess I'm just having a hard time eating
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   Posted 11/13/2007 7:41 PM (GMT -7)   

40mg Was my highest dose...

Gained weight and grew a beard...    Oh yeah...   Good times for the single fat hairy girl that poops a lot.

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   Posted 11/13/2007 7:58 PM (GMT -7)   
20mg to 80mg...80 was for flare ups then backed down to maintain around 20-25

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   Posted 11/13/2007 8:07 PM (GMT -7)   
40mg is the typical amount and weight has nothing to do with the dosage, 20mg is nothing and wouldn't have the effect needed phoebeskye86, I don't know what your doc is thinking telling you that...I was 95lbs first time I ever went on it and I'm 5'5" so that's pretty thin for my height.

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   Posted 11/20/2007 1:10 AM (GMT -7)   
Highest I have ever been given was 60mg but it made me ill so they bumped it down to 40mg and weaned me off from there

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   Posted 11/20/2007 12:56 PM (GMT -7)   
+ or - 40 mg, except on quick tapers, where it might be 80 for 1 day ( do those count?).


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   Posted 11/20/2007 4:34 PM (GMT -7)   
40 mg for 2 weeks, then tapered down. Side effects started after began taper. Very happy it worked and made joint pain go away also.
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Dx 3/07 Moderate Crohn's in terminal ileum-Probably had it for years earlier
Rx Prednisone initially for 8 weeks-40mg/day then tapered down to 0
    Currently on Pentasa-2000mg/day

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   Posted 11/20/2007 4:39 PM (GMT -7)   
most i was on was 60mg.

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   Posted 11/20/2007 8:29 PM (GMT -7)   
I don't know how much the dosage was when I had it in an IV, but orally, I typically take a 40 mg taper dose.
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