I am sure it is different for everyone. One great piece of advice from here is........make sure it is a very slow taper. My husband was on and off for a year and finally this last time - started with 40 mg along with Imuran in May 07 and got off it totally early December. Now of course he became steroid dependant and it was the combination with the Imuran that made it finally a successful taper.
Every time (when not on Imuran) the tapers were by 10mg he would have to go back on the prednisone. So this last time I requested based on advice here......When he got to 20 we went to 17 1/2, 15, 12 1/2, 10, 7 1/2, 5, 2 1/2 mg every 10 days.
Nothing worse than going through the regimine and tapering too quickly to have to go back on it due to flaring all over again. Ask your Doctor what he/she thinks.
61 yr old male~Colitis 1st diagnosed Jan '05-cleared up within a few wks. Flared again in May '06 (now UC) & hospitalized 5/07-currently heading towards a remission. Osteopena of spine from prednisone DX 8/07 Oct 07 feeling quite normal most days. 150mg Imuran
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