I am currently on 5 mg prednisone, doctor wants me to decrease by 1 mg at a time so 4 then 3 then 2 then 1 gradually. Could you advise me on how long i should be on 4 mg then subtracting 1 mg at a time? I just went down to 4 mg 3 days ago and my hands are hurting already but not swelling. He suggested I not go more than 2 days with this then go back up to 5 or whatever I was on. Please help me if you can.
I absolutely agree about taking your doctor's advice. Whenever I've had to do a slow taper such as you're talking about, my doctor had me stay on the lowered dose for a week before lowering it again. So I would stay at 4 for a week, then go to 3 for a week, so on.....
If you're finding that you're having more symptoms after lowering the dosage, definitely contact your doctor - it's quite possible you will have to increase your dose again, at least for a while before trying to taper down again.
Best of luck - I know it's not fun being on prednisone (I've been on it a LOT and many times at extremely high doses) - and the tapering can be some of the worst of it. Your body needs to readjust to start having your adrenals work on their own again and sometimes it takes a long time for them to start doing that, especially if you've either been on the prednisone for an extended period or even if you've only been on it a short time but at a high dose.
Definitely follow your doctor's advice, but don't be surprised if you find you need to taper off at a slower pace. Some people must taper off .5 or even .25 mg at a time. It might take a bit of trial and error to find the rate that works best for you.
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