I totally agree with Connie. Since there hasn't been approval that it is actually beneficial, I don't see the need to possibly add insult to injury. Your liver needs less stress while it's trying to regenerate. No extra herbal remedies (of which you should always check with your hepatologist anyway...that and any OTC meds), NO ALCOHOL...can't stress that one enough and ask your doctor which they would prefer you take for any pain...Advil (ibuprofen) or Tylenol (acetaminophen). There are opposing views from all docs.
So it's best to be sure you are on the same page with your own doc.
I should really save a list of my med schedule from the way back machine I keep my pocket calendar from back then just for this purpose!
40mg almost 5 weeks
30mg for 3 weeks
20mg for 3 weeks
15mg for 2 weeks
10mg for 3 weeks
7.5mg for about 6.5 months
5mg for 11 months (including the 2 months it took fo the uber slow wean to zero).
CellCept 500mg twice a day (BID) started one week after pred. It has a quick onset and since I was super ill they wanted something on board quickly. After 2 weeks that was increased to 750mg BID. After 2.5 months I added 50mg azathioprine (Imuran). Since that takes about 2 months to get on board, I stayed on the CellCept for the next 2 months then stopped taking the CellCept. We increased my aza to 100mg 2 weeks before I started my final pred wean from 5mg to zero.
All my horrible side effects were gone by the time I got to 10mg pred...the moon face, the hump on my back, the acne and back-ne started clearing up...and sleeping was better a was my temperament .