Predisone Taper ?

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dothu
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   Posted 2/1/2009 8:58 AM (GMT -6)   
I starting on Remicade in Oct. 08 and 40 mg of Prednisone.   I tried to taper Pred and when completely off - flare returned - I was put back to 40 with instructions to to taper by 5 weekly.  I am now at 20 and symptoms are returning more frequently (they have never completely gone away but life was manageable)   Has anyone else had this experience and what should I do?   Obviously, like most I would rather be off the Pred - but can't seem to get there.
 
Any suggestions or comments would be appreciated.
 
D.

Mamas Boys
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   Posted 2/1/2009 9:13 AM (GMT -6)   
What other medications are you using?  I found that even with the remicade I still needed to use enemas (Rowasa/Solafolk) in order to get off the prednisone.

KTM


dothu
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   Posted 2/1/2009 9:17 AM (GMT -6)   
I have tried Rowasa prior to the Remicade and it did not help - Currently I am on Imuran 100mg - I just can't figure out if now that I have to boost from Remicade if some of the thing I tribe BR (Before Remicade) might now help.

Mamas Boys
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   Posted 2/1/2009 12:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Just because the  Rowasa did not help you before does not mean it won't help now.  Rowasa did nothing for me before Remicade.  But once I started the Remicade & was taking my Colazal and the Rowasa I quickly got into remission.

KTM


dothu
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   Posted 2/1/2009 1:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks that is helpful - that is exactly what I was wondering about. I will try again.

D.

karlos
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   Posted 2/1/2009 1:53 PM (GMT -6)   
I had the same problem to tape prednisone.My doctor recomended to tape 2.5 not 5 every week.It helped me.If it doesn't help you try to tape by 1mg every week.                                                               My best wishes.carlos

dothu
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   Posted 2/1/2009 2:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Thanks - Yeah, when I went from 25 to 20 - seems like problems started again - so I thought about bumping back up - It seems like it takes a couple days and then settles until I try to drop again. I think I will also do as you suggest and go down by 2.5 from here on.
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