Tapering off last bit of Prednisone

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   Posted 11/21/2008 6:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Everyone

I have been tapering off my prednisone for a while now. I am coming down from 60 mg's a day. Currently I am down to 10 Mg's a day, which I started on Monday. That was down from 15 mg's. Like everyone complains, I am having mild "flaring" symptoms that I'm pretty sure are because I have really lowered my dose, but should subside. I should not I also take 100mgs of 6-MP so I no longer need the prednisone.

I was planning on dropping down to 5 mgs this coming monday. Is that too fast though? I know that as you get close to the end, tapering off the last bit is troublesome. The last time I did it was over 5 years ago, so I dont remember how I went off the last 10 mg's. I just remember the day after I finally quit taking it entirely, it felt like I had been hit by a train.

I kind of remember something about the body doesnt start producing its own cortisol until you get below 5 mg's. If thats the case, I will need to taper in 2.5 mg increments for the last bit. The only problem is that I have 20 mg pills. I use a pill splitter, and its not too difficult to cut them into 4ths (5mg). I dont think it would work to well if I wanted to cut them in to 8ths (2.5mg).

So unless someone says different, I will go to 5 mgs monday, then drop it entirely the following week. Please chime in if this is dangerous.

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   Posted 11/21/2008 11:26 PM (GMT -6)   
socaljohn, you know your body better than anyone, and I dislike prednisone as much as anyone on this site, but 60mg daily is a significant dose, how long has it taken you to wean to the point you are at now? Please go along with your GI doc on this one. You would hate to start re-flaring and have to go back up to your initial dosing. (in my day I was pretty good with a pill splitter), good luck.



diagnosed 1998

now off prednisone and colazal

drink 1 Haldi daily to remain in remission

Charlotte Gilman
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   Posted 11/21/2008 11:32 PM (GMT -6)   
It comes in 10, 5 and 1 mg strengths, too (and is dirt cheap in all of them). Maybe call your GI for advice and a prescription for lower-dose pills if you need them?
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