RA & Prednisone: What Is Right For You?

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Registered: 08-16-2001
RA & Prednisone: What Is Right For You?
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Tue, 04-02-2013 - 2:42pm

My rheumatologist, for instance, wanted me off of prednisone as soon as possible. I have tried twice to go completely stop prednisone. The first time I ended up in my orthopedic doc's office with ankles that looked more like grapefruits than ankles. It was painful to walk. Solution: 10 mg of prednisone and a slow taper back to 5 mg where I remained.

 

When I saw my rheumatologist a week or so later, my ankles were still swollen, but much better. She then told me to taper to 5 mg and stay there. Since that time, she has kept me at 5 mg, unless I flare. During a flare I go to 15 mg and taper back down to 5 mg. For me, 5 mg of prednisone is being used as a DMARD.

 

 

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My rheumatologist, for instance, wanted me off of prednisone as soon as possible. I have tried twice to go completely stop prednisone. The first time I ended up in my orthopedic doc's office with ankles that looked more like grapefruits than ankles. It was painful to walk. Solution: 10 mg of prednisone and a slow taper back to 5 mg where I remained.

 

When I saw my rheumatologist a week or so later, my ankles were still swollen, but much better. She then told me to taper to 5 mg and stay there. Since that time, she has kept me at 5 mg, unless I flare. During a flare I go to 15 mg and taper back down to 5 mg. For me, 5 mg of prednisone is being used as a DMARD.

 

To read more, go to:  http://www.healthcentral.com/rheumatoid-arthritis/c/499724/159969/ra-prednisone/2?ic=2601

 

Molly
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Registered: 10-22-2001
Thu, 04-04-2013 - 10:40pm

I just saw this Molly.

Usually have been prescribed Prednisone when in a Flare or while waiting for the Plaquenil to begin to work...

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