Is this a safe wean from prednisone?

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   Posted 5/10/2012 6:40 PM (GMT -6)   
I was prescribed prednisone for the first time in my life 7 days ago. This is the plan they have me on:

40mg for 3 days, then 30mg for 3 days, then 20mg for 3 days, then 10 mg for 3 days.

So far I've been have increased heart rate and anxiety.

Is this a safe way to wean off prednisone or is there possible severe withdrawal?

I'm a young adult female if that helps.

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   Posted 5/10/2012 6:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Only five days left on the medicine.....hmmm
You could go ask your doctor if you can.

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   Posted 5/10/2012 7:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Should be fine if this is the only time you've ever been on steroids and your adrenals are in good shape.

Might want to take B-Complex vitamins and Vitamin C; your adrenals will likely be affected from this for up to 1 year and the nutrition will help support the return to normal adrenal function.

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   Posted 5/11/2012 6:58 AM (GMT -6)   
Yes, that is a safe wean. This is only a short course of pred...if you were on it longer, than the wean would be longer.
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