I was prescribed a 40 mg dosepak and tapered over the course of 7 days for dermatitis.
At day 5 it was clear that the dosage was too low and it was failing.
I was then prescribed a 60 mg tapering dose that was 60, 50, 40, 30, 20, 10, 10. On day 5 I had a violent gastric reaction to the dose so I discontinued at that point leaving the last two 10, 10 doses.
About 36 hours later I started to express symptoms of prednisolone withdrawal, which makes sense as it takes about that long for it to purge from a body.
Symptoms were right down the check list. Severe drowsiness, aches, pains, mild fever, rash on forearms, acne forming on my back.
Did some research but could find little guidance on how to proceed for reactions to short term dose withdrawal. Should I just ride it out? Some seemed to suggest the answer was No and that was dangerous. Found a study that suggested I should begin a very low dose taper.
Went to an urgent care clinic and the doctor had very little knowledge on prednisolone withdrawal. I even provided him with a copy of a study and a detailed description and timeline of the course of my treatment. He prescribed a 7 day taper 10, 10, 10, 5, 5, 1, 1, 1/2. I started that dosage and about 24 hours it seems to have at least started to hold the symptoms which were progressing rapidly at abeyance.
Since I have found some more evidence that perhaps I should try breaking the tabs up and slow down the taper, perhaps instead of doing the last 5 trying 2.5, 2.5.
I'm not looking for medical advice. Just personal experiences or links to informational studies/articles on the subject. This whole thing has been horribly frustrating. I just want some guidance on how to get out of this situation in a healthy manner.
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