How long do you have to wait to use Prednisone again?
Question posted by casesensitive on 7 Feb 2014
Last updated on 9 February 2014 by endlessPred
Hello to all. New to the group.
About every six months or so I need to do a "Prednisone taper" for my nasal polyps. I take 60mg each day for one week, then taper off to 40 for a couple of days then to 20 then 10 then off.
I did the last taper in early December but they are back now with a vengeance. The cold weather has just made things much worse. Is it safe to do another taper this soon? Even perhaps a smaller dosage to give me some relief?
Just be sure you are taking it with a doctors recommendation and not because you have some left over from a past prescription. Your taper sounds mighty fast. However, there are many problems associated with long term use of prednisone. I know because I have been using it non stop for nine years. It needs to be carefully worked out with your doctor. Long term use can cause bone thinning, increased infections, and many other issues when started at high doses. It can also provide huge relief from swelling as you have and reduces pain in inflammatory diseases. I understand why you would use it again. Start with the doctor. If your ENT has a better idea, be sure to listen carefully. Having this med every six months or so will probably do minimal harm if any. However, your whole health has to be considered before anyone would know for certain. Hope you get some help soon.
7 Feb 2014
Why don't you have them removed? There would be no reason you couldn't use it again.