How long is it safe to take 5mg daily of prednisone? What drugs can be used in trying to get off prednisone?
My doctor had me reducing my prednisone by 5mg every month. Doing that caused me to have a big flare the first month I tried to reduce. I want to get off the prednisone. This time I have also started methotrexate. Is there any different ways to tapper off the prednisone without going into a flare? Will the methotrexate help stop the flare while I am tappering off the prednisone?
I am on Methotrexate 12.5mg per week, Arthrotec50 three times a day and Prednisone 20mg a day for RA. I have been on this combo for 4 months now. Is 20mg of Prednisone per day considered a high dose?
I have had RA since June 2001 for the first 18 months I had steriod injections every 2 months intially and the every 3 months after that while I went through the DMARD’s without sucess. I am now into my fourth year of RA and on my second TNF therapy and yet between Febuary and July I have had 4 injection 2 into muscles and 1 to each of my hips. I always thought that the injections were short term measures until I was stable. What I would like to know is it safe to have had this many? I know that I have definetley had over 20 injections and I am only 29. This really concerns me as I getting paranoid about the risk of osteoporosis. I know of people being refused injections and they can only have 1 or 2 a year.
I am on Prednisone for my RA and will be off of it in two weeks. Today my doctor said that my blood pressure is high(160/100) This is frist time since I start taking Prednisone about 6 months. My BP has always been normal. Once I stop taking Prednisone will my BP go back to normal and how long will it take to go back to normal?