Tapering off Prednisone

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   Posted 8/4/2009 10:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello everyone~!
  I'm down to 30mg of pred as of today.... So far, so good... No blood, only going 2 to 3 times a day with formed poopies... YEAH! I'm tapering at 10mg per week.. don't know fur sure if that's too fast of a taper though.... feeling a little queasy tonight  and it's my first day at 30mg down from 40.... Not too bad, just a little queasy. been eating like a pig though and I am fat faced and have a hump on my back! YUK..  I feel like a buffalo... lol...  hopefully that won't take too long to go away.  If I still feel queasy tomorrow, I'll up it to 35mg for a week and go down only 5mg a week instead of 10.  Just not sure how fast to taper... if anyone can suggest what is usual... that would be great~
Diagnosed with U/C  (Proctitis) January 31st, 2005, IBS on July 21st, 2006 
  Status as of July 2009 :  OMG... I had a poopie today 7-23-09 (had to date that)..lol.. with NO BLOOD!!! First time in almost 10 months!!!!!!!
Meds are: Prednisone Taper, on 30mg now for a week..., Apriso 4 pills 1x a day.. .YEA! I take Xanax when needed and Ambien for sleep... Nexium in the am for heartburn due to Prednisone..   Culturelle 2 times a day...                                           

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   Posted 8/5/2009 7:09 AM (GMT -6)   
My doctor has me taper 5 mgs every 5 days or so.
Good luck
26 year old female
Diagnosed with unspecified UC 11/08 by flex. sig. as I was pregnant at the time and did not want to be put under for a colonoscopy
Breastfeeding my baby boy (born 4/8/09)
5 mg Prednisone (tapering from 60mg a day)
Started Remicade 6/11/09 (3 infusions so far)
Was on Asacol (2400mg or 3600mg a day) for 6 months with no success

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   Posted 8/5/2009 8:31 AM (GMT -6)   

Are you following your doctor's instructions - that is the best way and then contact him/her if you feel sick or ?  Everyone is different!


Senior - diagnosed with proctosigmoiditis - 6/2008   
No prescriptions as of yesterday!  Hoping for best and possibly adding other supplements.
Probiotic Align, Prilosec for GERD, Gas-X, vitamins, Calcium/D
Tylenol for knees and arthritis.

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   Posted 8/5/2009 9:08 AM (GMT -6)   
There are a lot of schools of thought as to how to taper. Do what your doctor suggested, and if you feel it's not working, give him a call. I went from 40mg-30mg-20mg-15mg-10mg-10mg every other day-off.
Status: Remission since late May 2009!
Symptoms began in November 2008, ~4 weeks after giving birth to my son.
Diagnosed with pancolitis on 1/30/09
Currently taking Apriso (4 pills ONCE!! daily), Rowasa twice weekly, Natural Factors Ultimate probiotic 12/12 Formula, and Zoloft (25 mg).

Rio in Maryland
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   Posted 8/5/2009 9:24 AM (GMT -6)   
When I was on prednisone, I tapered down by 10mg every week, and then at lower doses, I tapered by 5mg, and then 2.5mg.

So it was something like 40mg, 30mg, 20mg, 15mg, 10mg, 7.5mg, 5mg, 2.5mg. When it got down to taking half-doses like 2.5mg, I did it by taking 5mg every other day.

The reason I slowed down the taper below 20mg was that the first time I took pred I had flared below 15mg, so my doctor and I decided to slow the taper down, and that worked out better.

I would recommend that during the taper if you feel symptoms coming back then get in touch with your doctor before continuing to taper, and discuss whether you should bump back up to the previous higher dose for an extra week before tapering again.
Rio, 33 year old male. Diagnosed with UC in 2006
Azathioprine (stopped), 4800 mg Asacol
VSL#3, Metamucil
Vitamin E enema or Canasa/Mesacol suppository occasionally

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   Posted 8/5/2009 9:49 AM (GMT -6)   
I always tapered really quick which was stupid of me. This last time I did 5 mg per 7 days. Was much easier.
Proctitis DX 1999, Pancolitis DX 2008
Golimumab study (100mg every 4 weeks)
L-Glutamine 5000 mg + 600 mg pyridoxal alpha-ketoglutarate
Probiotis/VitD3 5000IU+Ca/1000mg DHA

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