Prednisolone Tapering Down

Lou Says:

I have been on prednisolone for 5 weeks. Started with 25mg for 2 weeks (I felt amazing on this dose), then tapered down to 15mg for a week and a half when I had a flare up of my condition, and my surgeon told me to increase to 50mg. That was rough. I was so angry inside and had no control over my emotions. I was on 50mg for a week.

I’ve now tapered back to 25mg for a couple of weeks. It’s now day 6 of the lower dose. The first couple of days, I was an emotional mess, couldn’t stop the tears. I couldn’t function. The surgeon had told me I’d have a rough couple of days and he wasn’t wrong. I feel I am starting to level out and am less emotional but I am just so tired. I wake up exhausted, then nap and still don’t wake up feeling any better. Is this normal? How long will this tiredness last?

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Verwon Says:

Yes, it is possible to experience such side effects, but they should improve once your body adjusts to one steady dosage, or when you are done taking it. The FDA lists other typical side effects as possibly including nausea, dizziness, headache, and acne.

How are you doing, now? Has there been any change?

Are you on any other mediations?

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Lou Says:

Re: Verwon (# 1) Expand Referenced Message

Thank you Verwon. I managed to not need a nap all day today, whereas yesterday I couldn’t possibly function. I am tired, but better than yesterday. Have had a headache for much of the day though.
I am also taking Lyrica 25mg twice a day, more if needed. I did find that the combination of this and the higher dose steroids made me feel tipsy. Hoping tomorrow is an even better day and I get some motivation back!

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Avi Says:

Can I stop taking prednisolone 10 mg/day which I have taken for only 2 days? I have an upset stomach but the cough (bronchitis) problem is no longer there.

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