I've been on prednisone in varying amounts since I was first diagnosed in '96. I have prednisone to thank for many of my health issues past and present, including cataracts, stretch marks, moon face, and, of course, the avascular necrosis which resulted in the need to have both my hip and my knee replaced.
In the past, doctors have tried to taper me off of prednisone. The problem is the fact that my lupus would flare something terrible whenever I got any lower than the 7.5 mg daily dose. I've been on 5 mg for several years, with the exception of a temporary increase in the dose shortly after my transplant. The other problem is that my doctors were just trying to taper the drug off completely and not replace it with something that perhaps wasn't chock full of horrid side effects.
In comes Imuran
I'll essentially be taking half of an imuran pill everyday.
|Half of an imuran pill = 25mg|
|Easily broken in half|
|25 mg of imuran and 2.5 mg of prednisone|
So for now, this is what my morning medications look like:
|On Mon, Wed and Fri, it is a full (5mg) prednisone pill|
- Advagraf- immunosuppressant
- Imuran - immunosuppressant
- Pantoloc- helps with my reflux
- Prednisone- the drug I love to hate
- Palafer- Operation: wake up, hemoglobin
- Vitamin D- well..I have low vitamin D.
It's nice to finally be taking steps in the right direction to rid me of this prednisone. I just sincerely hope that my body responds well and doesn't go crazy after the prednisone is gone, especially since I've been taking it for so long. I'll update as usual, including any changes to my bloodwork. Hopefully there won't be anything negative to report.
Wish me luck..!