Does anyone have any idea how long this taper will be since I have been on pred for so long? I have AIH and as I start my pred decrease my 6mp (mercaptopurine) will be increased to 75mgs daily. Thanks in advance!!!
Hello. A taper from this low of a dose will be done 1mg at a time until your body adjusts. Often 1mg per month. Some people are never quite able to get off and stay on a single mg. Others can move down every couple of weeks. Your doctor will have you keep track of your symptoms and base it upon that.
At this point your adrenal glands are producing less than half of your needed cortisol. The adrenals produce 8 to 9 units without prednisone. They shrink according to what your body needs. So it does take time for the body to start up again. I suggest you talk with your physician to get a timetable for you. The medication you will be taking will take the place of the prednisone. Since we are all so different, I wish you an easy taper and better health. Karen
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