My husband has been on Prednisone for approx. 3 years for esophageal Webs & strictures, 20 mg day. This is his third attempt to ween off of them. He is now taking 12.5 mg every other day. He feels horrible. Mainly very weak. Also is very bloated, along with a host of other symptoms. He is a very strong willed man, but this is really beating him down. His Dr is not following up enough with him. Does anyone know if there is something out there that can help with side effects while he is trying to ween off of them. Especially with the weakness and lack of energy. He says that in his head he feels like there is something really wrong. Any words would be appreciated. Susan
Unfortunately not really ...
It is not uncommon, when patients decrease their Prednisone dose, to feel some achiness or fatigue. These symptoms often resolve over 2- 7 days. If they do not your doctor could temporarily increase the dose and taper more slowly. Some patients may have difficulty tapering off steroids despite incremental tapers of only 1 mg.
I found this link which may be useful - all the best.
- Prednisone Information for Consumers
- Prednisone Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Prednisone (detailed)
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