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   Posted 4/3/2008 8:28 AM (GMT -6)   
I've been on 40 mg of pred for 3 weeks and I am starting to get a moon face. I was just wonder what the normal taper was. How many mg and for how many days before you can taper again? How long does the whole process take?? Are there any side effects or warning signs I should look for.

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   Posted 4/3/2008 8:55 AM (GMT -6)   
I don't think there's any such thing as a "normal" taper. Your doctor will dose you according to the severity of your condition. The last time I was on pred, I was started at 40 mg. After a week, I reduced by 5mg and continued to do so each week until I was off of it. That's a relatively fast taper, but my flare was mild and I do alot of other things - dietary manipulations and supplements that reduce my need for meds.

I'd highly recommend you check out Coping With Prednisone: It May Work Miracles, but How Do You Handle the Side-Effects?
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Maintenance dose sulfasalazine.
Probiotics, l-glutamine and fish oil caps. George's aloe vera juice. Oregano oil antibiotic, antiviral, antifungal.

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