Got prescribed Prednisone for asthma...Please help me get off of it!!!

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   Posted 1/5/2013 2:01 PM (GMT -6)   
So my doctor prescribed Prednisone for my asthma since I had a really tight chest the last few weeks, and without researching it, I just took 40mg for the last two days, and 20mg today. I know I'm supposed to taper off with a powerful drug like this, but can I just go cold turkey tomorrow? Or should I take 20mg for a couple days, then 10mg, and then stop? Help!! The side effects are making me very depressed and my asthma isn't even that bad so I'm very upset I took this in the first place. So far I've only taken 40mg-40mg-20mg, 3 times total over the last 3 days.

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   Posted 1/5/2013 7:01 PM (GMT -6)   
I would still taper. Its very dangerous to just stop it cold turkey.
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   Posted 1/6/2013 9:55 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi ram,
Definitely taper.  Don't worry about taking it...unless you're on it continuously, it is fine to take.  In a perfect world, it wouldn't be necessary, but when you're having asthma issues that don't respond to your steroid inhaler, prednosone is a wonder drug. 
Don't worry about being on it for a short course.  If you were on it for weeks or months, that's another story.  Relax. Follow the tapering directions.  You'll do just fine.
Feel better,

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   Posted 1/7/2013 4:35 AM (GMT -6)   
I’ve been on and off prednisone for 2 years. Frankly, it’s saved me not only hospital trips, but probably my life. That said, I hate it. I get moody, my skin dries out, I get headaches, which make me MORE moody… It’s not a fun drug.

I get 25mg tablets from my doctor. I do two days on two tablets, two days on one tablet, and then two days on half a tablet. That seems to avoid the worst of the fatigue coming off it.

Honestly, it annoys me that they just give me a bottle of tablets. It would be so much easier if they just gave me a sheet of tablets that gradually lowered the dose.

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   Posted 1/7/2013 9:36 AM (GMT -6)   
Wouldn't that be nice...No such luck, though.  They should package it like Z-Pak.  Good call the company and tell them! turn

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   Posted 1/11/2013 1:10 PM (GMT -6)   
It would be nice. Is there a cut line on the pills? Like everyone else said, definately ween. I was on it for 4 years until a couple months ago. They tapered me off it. I have asthma and have been on it for asthma too, tapered every time.
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   Posted 2/1/2013 4:45 PM (GMT -6)   
smilewinkgrin  Oh dear RAM, I can so relate to this! I have been on and off of Prednisolone since april 2011 because of a skin rash. I've now found the answer to the skin rash, but suffered from "Adrenal Fatigue" when I tapered off the Prednisolone, even though I was very careful. I found that Vit B5 and  protein helped, and that caffeine and sugar made it so much worse. I improved dramatically taking the B5 and also NOT having coffee or anything with sugar in it. If I felt really bad, I would eat a small piece of chicken, fish etc, and it helped very quickly.
Hope this is of some help and that you get past this nasty episode quickly!  Wendy from Oz xo

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   Posted 3/24/2013 10:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Ugh Predinsone is the worst. I have been on it several times for severe allergy attacks. It definitely has mood effects but you must stay on it and follow the instructions. It's not a medicine you want to mess with and take incorrectly or stop cold turkey. It sucks but your mood will get better. Hang in there!!!
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