anyone stay @ 5mg of pred for a while?

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   Posted 8/26/2008 7:15 PM (GMT -6)   
just curious if any of your symptoms went away or if you had to be completely off pred first?  I'm @ 10mg right now going down to 7.5mg, Dr. says 5mg but one week @7.5 wont kill me.
Beth, 32 ~ hoping to taper pred successfully, wish me luck!
Major Flare Sept/Oct 07
UC dx'd 03/00 (Proctosigmoiditis); Pancolitis since 09/07
Azathioprine 200mg 1xday nightly; Calcium and Vit D 500mg 3xday, Multi Vit, Folic Acid 400mg 2xday, Prilosec, Probiotics.
Minimal Change Disease (Kidney Disorder) dx'd 09/07 - partial remission since 03/08
Prednisone 10mg 1xday, Simvastatin 20mg 1xday, Diovan 160mg 2xday. Tekturna 300mg 1xday, Fosomax 70mg 1xweek. MCD may be from hypersensitivty to 5ASA drugs.  Do you have edema? If so, check your blood protien level!

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   Posted 8/26/2008 8:13 PM (GMT -6)   
i tapered really slowly and even cut my 5mg tabs in half and went down to 2.5 before going off all the way.
i believe i had to be all the way off before the side effects went away.

hope all goes well with the rest of your taper!
29, happily married, stay at home mom to 2.5 year old son. due to have another boy 9/17/08
UC (probably pancolitis, but no c-scope yet), diagnosed June 2006, started having major symptoms sometime in January 2006, about 3 months after childbirth. 2nd flare (minor) may 2007 after taking caprylic acid for 2 weeks.

-Prednisone 8/28/06-2/28/07. and again may '07, 8 week course.
-Prayer! asacol, probio, ground psyllium husk, prenatal, folic acid, cal-mag

may you live all the days of your life.

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   Posted 8/27/2008 10:18 AM (GMT -6)   
Ditto. The 2.5 mg dose was a bandaid for me. Hopefully you'll reach a point where you can do w/o it. / Old Hat (nearly 30 yrs with left-sided UC ... [etc.])
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