Prednisone Taper and Adreanl Function

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Date Joined Jun 2006
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   Posted 6/28/2006 12:47 PM (GMT -7)   
All right I'll give you a quick background about my situation
- I've been on Prednisone since Mid-March
- The first month I was on 30 mg a day
- After that I was on 20 mg a day
- I had sinus surgery twice and after the second surgery I was starting to feel normal again
- Then 3 weeks later I started feeling tired again.  No sinus problems since surgery by the way.
- For the  past few weeks I've tappering by lowering the dose 5 mg a day every 5 days (right now I'm down to 5 mg)
- Next week I'll be going on an alternate day schedule after which I will be off the drug completly (if my blood test check out)
My question:
When I get off this wonderful drug, how long can I expect before my normal adrenal function returns?
(ballpark estimates and your own stories are more than welcomed)

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   Posted 6/28/2006 6:48 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Noitcudes, welcome to Healingwell. I have never been on Prednisone but have been almost thrown on it for my other illness. According to the people on the Ulcerative Colitis forum, pred usually leaves your system 1-3 months but you can still have lingering side effects for approximately 6 months. I am not sure how long it will take for your adrenal function to return to normal but I am assuming that the above time frame is for all the body works and pred withdrawal.
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