I know that pred is toxic in various ways even when on lower doses, but it was a joy for me fairly recently, to get below 15 .... at 12.5 and below I still have trouble sleeping but the joint stiffness and feeling of being all bloated disappeared. If I can just get below 10 I will finally start to get rid of the remaining moonface too. And below 7.5 I never noticed any effect of pred other than as a flare preventer. (Even going from 2.5 to say 1.5 mg could cause me to start flaring in the past.) In my case, if I can't get off it altogether I will go for surgery, but that's because I can't take this garbage anymore.
Pancolitis ~20 years, once had a full med-free 10 year remission,
but flaring/simmering on and off for years, allergic to all 5ASAs
15ish mg pred,
100 mg Imuran TCM
Probiotics (PD, Cust.Probiot., Culturelle, VSL3, etc), DMSO,
boswellia, fish oil, many vits/minerals
Lower-carb version of Specific Carb Diet (SCD), Remicade newbie