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Had Polymyalgia rheumatica. Weaning off Prednisone. Last reading was 9.9 CRP. Suggestions?

Hi Doctor; I am Female 54 yrs old . 1st read was 65 CRP (Polymyalgia Rhuematica) How would you recommend a person weans off prednisone . I have been on it since July 2012 10mg bid for 6weeks and weaned down have had a setback before (at 4mg Oct) I am now on 4.75 mg going down 1/2 a mg per 4 weeks and I am 1/4 them in the 4th week but this means I ll be till the end of Sept . My last read was 9.9CRP. Any new info on this disease would be helpful . Thanks Deb M.
Asked On : Fri, 25 Jan 2013
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Its good you already recognize that stopping a long term corticisteroid therapy ;like prednisolone should be step wise. I am afraid you might still need to take steroids for a few weeks. Its great that you respond to prednisolone so well with no apparent side effects. A CRP at 9.9 for the period of time you have been taking the drug and the condition is good.
Will adice hyou meet your doctor again to discuss on the duration you go to take thye drug again. Tappering off treatment in this disease is very important is actually a step wise process. Discuss with your doctor before stopping medication.
Thanks, Luchuo, MD.
Answered: Sat, 26 Jan 2013
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