with me i dont start seeing the side effects subside until i have been on 5mg for about six months to a year and i dont start losing weight until about then too, but of course everyone is different, and for me it is extremely hard to excerise because i have avascular necrosis in my hips, knees, and ankles, so i just cut down my eating and what i eat, most day i only each about one meal and one snack, i dont really feel hungry and i feel sick if i eat more then that anyways. but i have talked to my doc about that and she said as long as my labs for everything is ok, thats ok for me to do. i know that its not an ideal way to lose weight but i believe that as long as my doc knows about it and i feel ok then i'm not hurting myself. i have been on 5mg since about dec and i have already lost about 20 lbs. i wish you luck on your taper, i know that setbacks sucks, but remember it keeps us here.
Hugs and prayers, If it was easy being a lupie,
~Suzanne~ the whole world would be one
diagnosed in May '95 with lupus nephritis, hypertension, hypothyroidism, avascular necrosis (knee) '98, kidney transplant April '06, pseudo-cerebral tumor '07, AVN ankles and hips '07
prednisone, cellcept, prograf, lopressor, allopurinol, synthroid, diamox, OsCal +D, lunesta, celexa, percocet for pain