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    Default Prednisolone,how much do you take?

    Hi,I have been taking prednisolone amongst other drugs for around 17 years now.
    When I first started taking them I was on a high dose,I have have now been on 15 mg for many years.
    I just wondered how long others have been taking it and what doses.

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    I've been on pred so long, I can't really remember... hmm... anyway, I was at 10 a day initially, but have gone up & down, with weeks of 60+ not uncommon, with the "ween" process afterwards. I was on 15mg lately, but we're trying to get me down to 5 a day. It's tough. There's a big difference between 15 & 10 and between 10 & 5. I'm "officially" diabetic now, and pred can *really* throw the blood sugar off.
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    I've been on 60/day a couple of times (for about a month one time, and 2 weeks the other time) and felt GREAT on it...dang i wish that stuff weren't so dangerous! Didn't have too much trouble with the taper - but I am also on Mtx, which works well for me, and that probably makes it easier.

    I am now trying 5mg/day as a kind of "maintenance dose" to see if it makes a difference. I am not sure it does - but I guess I won't really know until I try to go off it in a few months.

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    I had my first bad flare starting in February and still ongoing today. After finally getting a diagnosis from my rheumatologist of SLE, he put me straight on 60mg of Prednisone and we are now slowly tapering down. This week I started a dose of 40mg for the next 2 weeks - my joints are starting to hurt quicker after repetitive use/activity (typing or walking for example), but nothing like it was at the beginning - thank goodness!

    Hoping to be put on Plaquenil after my next appointment in 2 weeks if all is going well with the taper. Does anyone know why he would wait to put me on Plaquenil until he lowered the Prednisone?

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    When Dylan was released from the hospital in Oct 2011, he came home on 80mg. He is currently taking 15mg. I'm hoping that they will lower it again but he's doing good so really don't wanna rock the boat.

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    I have gone from 5-60. Sadly I have been unable to get below 40 even with MTX for longer than you want to know. We tried taking it down a couple of months ago and it didn't work.
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