and so my saga continues...after my chest xray results clearly suggests that I have asthma my GP will still not formally diagnose Asthma as he says he doesnt want to label me?! Anyway I explained that I am still struggling with symptoms despite using my preventer inhaler as directed and my reliever at least 3 times a week (which I understand shows uncontrolled asthma),so he calls in the asthma nurse who suggests a weeks course of Prednisolone x6 tabs daily (30mg) ) However the G.P then turned to me (after the nurse had left) and basically asked me how long I wanted to take them for. When I asked what he meant,he explained that I could either take the weeks course and then stop or taper down. I have no medical knowledge or experience of using steriods previously so asked my him what he recommended and he said for me to taper,so I took his advice and he worked out a tapering schedule which basically means I will be on the tablets for six weeks (6 tabs daily for a week,5 tabs daily the next week,4 tabs daily next week...etc) which is a lot longer than the nurse recommended and from doing research on the internet I am concerned about the side effects and withdrawal symptoms. Im hopefully going to talk to the asthma nurse next week or contact nhs direct for some advice as Im thinking Imay have changed my mind and want to quit after a week. Im on day two today and have already seen a slight improvement.
How long is a standard course? Should I be carrying a steroid red card? (which I only found out by the way by researching on the net,neithet the gp or pharmacist mentioned this when prescribing me 150 steriod tablets) I appreciate that everyones situation/circumstances are different but would be interested in hearing about peoples experiences. Many Thanks! (and a special thanks 2 AUKfor all the literature sent to me as requested,it has been very valuble in helping me understand my condition a little more)