Amy - good to know it's a bit stronger than prednisone. I was at 10 mg of pred, and the Methylprednisolone pills come in dosages of 4mg each, so I'm taking 8mg - now that I know that this drug is a bit stronger, I'm not worried about reducing my intake (I'm trying to taper down, anyway, though maybe that's not the best idea, as I may be flaring! We'll see what happens in the next couple of weeks, and what the bloods show.)
Kathryn & Bill - It's interesting to know about the injectable form. I am actually taking a pill form - but if this doesn't improve things, and the skin rash remains as my only symptom of a flare, I'll ask my rheumy about the injectable form.
Rojon - What you describe sounds exactly the same as what one experiences with prednisone! It's all familiar territory.
Thanks all for the information - very helpful.
Diagnosed: Sjogren's '94, Raynauds 2000, Vasculitis 2002, Lupus SLE 2004, Lupus Nephritis 2007 (Kidneys are healthy now)
Meds: Cellcept (1000 - 1500 mg), Hydroxy-chloroquine (400 mg), Prednisone (10-15 mg), Atenolol (50 mg), Enalapril (20 mg). Vitamins/Minerals include: Multi Vitamin, Calcium. Other Supplements include: DHEA, Quercetin, Astragalus