Prednisone dosage / taper?

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   Posted 1/22/2008 6:43 AM (GMT -6)   
Just curious what dosage and taper schedule your Dr gives you? Mine says 40 x 3 then 30 x 3 then 25 x 7 then 20x7 15x7  10x7 then i think a few 5's  ....
lower left UC diagnosed 1991
Asacal, zoloft, levoxyl, prednisone 40m 30m 25m 40m, multi vitamin, Azathioprine 100m (started 1/9/08)

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   Posted 1/22/2008 6:59 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi, Lori. I usually do:
30-1 week
20-2 weeks
10-3 weeks
then stop, or if symptoms are still percolating,
5-3 weeks

Oh, how sad is it that I can already say "usually" for prednisone tapers? ;)

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asacol 3, 3x/day (as cancer preventative, i don't think the meds work to suppress my symptoms)
currently prednisone 20 mg in taper
flagyl (metranitazol) until tomorrow to counter any c-diff overinfection
going to try probiotics-currently just eat one brown cow yoghurt a day because it's good, apparently also it's good for me!

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   Posted 1/22/2008 8:06 AM (GMT -6)   
I typically taper 10mgs every 7-10 days until I get to 20mgs total. Then I taper 5 mgs every 7-10 days until zero.
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   Posted 1/22/2008 12:57 PM (GMT -6)   
I started at 40 mg and taper 5mg every 5 days but I didn't taper today to 20 as I am having problems...It feels like I have been on prednisone for a long time but I looked at the calander and it has only been 21 days:(
Jessica 26/F
Asacol 3pills /three times a day(from 2 pills/ three times a day)
Prednisone 40Mg/day taper every 5 days(at 30 mg currently)
Culturelle once daily/ three times a day
Tried (Entorcort EC 9ml/day)

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   Posted 1/22/2008 1:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Well, it's reassuring to hear that others have to deal with the trials and tribulations of prednisone. I'm on my first course ever. The doc started me at 20 mg, but I got worse, so I went up to 30mg. Tomorrow, after 11 days at 30 mg, I'll call and see if I can taper the dose to 25 mg for a week, then 5 mg/wk until 0. I'm still not symptom free. My main symptom is rectal bleeding. I'd love for that to go away. It's diminishing, but not gone. Does anyone struggle with constipation rather than diarrhea?
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