That's the way my Gastroenergologist does it with me and I disagree with it b/c it is too fast for my body. I would rather do a certain mg dosage and when I see symptoms level off taper to next lower level and taper slower and by smaller dosages when almost completely off it.
It feels like a yo-yo when I'm tapering. 40-30-20-10 back to 40-30-20-10 back to 20-10. doesn't make sense to me. And I brought it up at my last appontment that I wanted to taper slower from like 10 to 7.5 to 5 to 2.5 to 0 and I forgot but he told me his reasoning why he doesn't prescribe that way.
All I can say to you is sacrifice while you taper. what I mean is try really hard not to eat junk food and pay attention to food combos b/c you don't want anything spoiling in your system or not digesting properly which will, in my opinion, affect your UC symptoms while you taper.
28/M/TX single parent of gorgeous 2.5yo girl (revised 10/3/08)
Severe Colitis (pancolitis) since January 9, 2005
RX/day: none! Tapered off Prednisone 9/20/08. Lost job and insurance 10/2007 and stopped taking asacol and Imuran cold turkey
OTC: ensymes everyday, seldom use probiotics, vitamins & other natural treatments
Diet: SCD helps tremendously, but am not strictly on it.
Other: Prayer, food combos, good posture, chewing more, etc.