I am currently taking 75msg plavex and 2mgs of prednisone daily. I have been treated for about three years with prednisone the chief medication for arteritis brought on by shingles which erupted one week after a hip replacement. After the ateritis was successfully treated the prednisone was terminated about six months ago. This was followed by a tia in July and plavex was prescribed. Now blood tests show inflammation (2.6) and thus prednisone for the time being.