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I am getting conflicting opinions about tapering Prednisone

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,000
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:36 AM in Pain Medications

My neurologist prescribed me Prednisone last week to see if that would help with my back/hip/leg pain. 60mg / day for 6 days, 40mg / day for 2 days, 20mg / day for 2 days.

After my first day, I was very jittery. Couldn't sleep at all. Yesterday, my 5th day, in addition to my usual restlessness from before, I got very nauseous. I was dry-heaving (sorry for the visual) all night.

And plus the Prednisone has not been helping me. Maybe making things worse. Ibuprofen worked better.

I called the Neurologist and told him what was going on. He said I could stop taking the Prednisone cold turkey since I have only been on it for a short period of time (5 days). I called my pharmacist and she said that it would be recommended to taper for a 2 or 3 days.

I don't know who to believe. I definitely don't want the side effects anymore. But I don't want to make things worse by stopping cold turkey if that is the wrong thing to do.

Any thoughts?




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  • I recommend you call your primary dr if you want another opinion, just to be sure. However, one time I stopped taking prednisone overnight because they scheduled surgery instead and I was fine but I did have surgery so who knows for sure. I would think since you are having such severe side effects that it would be best to not take anymore to risk your health but I'm not a dr or pharmacist so don't take my your drs just to be sure what is best for you personally.

    Hope you feel better soon!

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  • I am going to taper. I figure tapering is probably the safest thing to do given all the possible circumstances and outcomes.

    I have already taken 5 60mg doses. So I am just going to go 1 40mg dose, then 1 30mg dose, then 1 20mg dose, then 1 10mg dose.

    I think that is a good compromise and a good taper. My pharmacist thought the same thing.
  • dilauroddilauro ConnecticutPosts: 12,303
    stop cold turkey with. Thats just opening yourself for a wide range of different problems. Not everyone will experience them, but why take the chance.
    prednisone is one of the more notorious medications that needs to be tritated down.

    I would closely follow the instructions regarding prednisone. Still, always drink a lot of water anytime you taper of any medication.

    Prednisone can make you a bit jittery, it can make you feel bloated, you can get nauseous... Its just one of those medications that their fact sheet is pretty right on
  • I am going to taper down over 3-4 days.

    I took 40mg today
    I will take 30mg tomorrow
    Then 20mg
    Then 10mg

    That should be a good taper down. In fact it is pretty close to what the bottle had on it, except I quit the 60mg a day earlier and started the tapering process instead.
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