Posted 1/29/2013 7:50 AM (GMT -6)
My feeling is that the faster you can taper off the prednisone, the better. When first diagnosed in 1998, it took only 2 months for me to get off the prednisone. Second flare in 2000, another two months. However in 2002 it took three or four months. After 2003, I started flaring more frequently with longer stints on prednisone. I became dependent on it in 2008 and was on the drug until six weeks post op in 2010. It is a HORRIBLE drug. While it did help me into remissions early in my disease, it also gave me uncontrollable high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and full blown osteoporosis. So, beware!