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    Default Pred Taper Completed

    Itís been a week since I took my last prednisone tablet. Prior to beginning the taper, I had been holding at 5 mg/day for 2+ years.

    I started tapering down on October 9, 2017, at the rate of 0.5 mg per month. Since pred tabs (especially 1 mg ones) are hard to cut, Dr Villa Forte suggested a series of alternating doses. The process proceeded uneventfully.

    Here is the dosage schedule I followed:


    10/9/17: Began alt 5/4 mg
    10/16: 4/5
    10/23: 5/4
    10/30: 4/5
    11/6: 5/3
    11/13: 3/5
    11/20: 5/3
    11/27: 3/5
    12/4: 5/2
    12/11: 2/5
    12/18: 5/2
    12/25: 2/5
    1/1:5/1
    1/8: 1/5
    1/15: 5/1
    1/22: 1/5
    1/29: 3/2
    2/5: 2/3
    2/12: 3/2
    2/19: 2/3
    2/26: 2
    3/5: 2
    3/12: 2
    3/19: 2
    3/26:2/1
    4/2:1/2
    4/9: 2/1
    4/16: 1/2
    4/23:1
    5/21: 1/0
    5/28: 0/1
    6/4: 1/0
    6/11: 0/1
    6/18: ZERO, ZILCH, ZIP, NADA!!!

    I continue to feel very well. Iím very grateful...
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    Default Re: Pred Taper Completed

    Glad to hear it went OK for you and hope your remission also lasts a long time.
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    Thanks, @drz!

    Looking forward to some more good years.
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    Default Re: Pred Taper Completed

    That's great Pete!
    I always try to reduce the pred to zero. It works wonders at high doses on my rheumatism, but the side effects are awful.
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    Iím so happy for you! I have been trying to taper from 5 mg for the past several months. However, I ran out of 1 mg tablets-the Drs wonít contact the pharmacy for a refill. Itís been 2 weeks! So Iím back up to 5. Iím pretty disappointed. One day Pete, Iím going to be as successful as you were coming off of the prednisone.


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    1 mg tabs of pred are not available in South Africa. When I was tapering I was told by my pharmacist to dissolve the 5 mg tab in 5ml of water. So when reducing to 4mgs would take 4ml of the water, reducing to 3mg
    I would then take 3ml of the water. Worked for me though never did go below 2.5mgs as my doctor wanted me to stay on that dosage.

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    Default Re: Pred Taper Completed

    Thatís a great idea!


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    I had my first labs done today since getting off pred. Everything was either stable or within the normal ranges. My creatinine is usually a little above normal, and it was again today (1.45). CRP was elevated (9.9) but just below the upper limit. I continue to feel very well.
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    That's great news Pete.. I hope you continue to stay well. You are still on mtx right ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Debbie C View Post
    That's great news Pete.. I hope you continue to stay well. You are still on mtx right ?
    I've been off mtx for about 4 years. I just get an annual dose of rtx now. Bactrim and rtx are the only wegs meds I'm taking at the moment.
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