lol. Some bad advice here. if you have been on prednisone for any significant amount of time... you should NOT stop just taking 5 mg. Going from 5 mg to 0 if you have been on it for over 3 + months can be bad news for alot of people. your body normally makes about
7.5 mg of pred naturally... so going from 5 to 0 is expecting your body to all the sudden jump and make about
80% of its naturally occuring steroids can be very dangerous.
How do I know this.. beacuse of course I went through it. I had to get 1 mg pills and cut .5 mg every 2 weeks. The only way to know how to get off of prednisone is to listen to your body. After you cut... you should stabilize and start to get energy back, etc in about
7 days(for me this was the case). At that point I waited another 7 days before cutting again. This was the ONLY way i was about
to get off prednisone 2 years ago without having my entire electrolyte balance destroyed as confirmed by blood tests. I was extremely extremely sick doing it this way and had to re-institute back to 10 mg and go from there. If you want to try the cut from 5 mg... good luck and hopefully it works.
Also, since you've been on prednisone since august... its had its hooks in you a long time and the anxiety can linger as well as depression for quite some time. When I was on for a year, it took me a good 3-5 months to start feeling normal again after my last dosage(depression/anxiety). It will happen but takes time. If you are off pred for a few weeks and notice no improvements in psychiatrist issues... get some blood work done and check your adrenal levels, thyroid, and other hormone levels. There may be some other issues.
UC/Chrons since age 22, now 27. Several huge flares since then. Entire colon diseased at some point from cecum to rectum. Also had previous inflammation in terminal ileum.
Currently: flare -9/19/08 - now|Panic Disorder - 6/25/08 - now|Lyme Disease - 12/09/08 - now|Dysplastic Nevus Syndrome - 6 recent mod dysplasia moles excised, and many more to shave biopsy.
Drugs: prednisone 30 mg|6mp 75 mg|lialda 4.8 mg|Paxil 50 mg|Klonopin .25 mg (tapering through water titration)|Trazodone 50 mg|