Has anyone found that if they stay on this oral steroid for a longer period than usual that they have problems coming off it. I am 4 weeks on my max dosage (following an attack and particularly unstable asthma) and find that tapering off has me in and out of problems, being woken between 4am and 5am needing nebs x 3 early every morning. After a week of reducing (down by 3 tabs only) and a visit to a & e on ambulance, I am back up to max dosage again.
Just wondering if anyone else seems to have the same problem and how do you tapper off the steroid with out going backwards. It seems that my body is used to this dosage it does not like to have it taken away. Is there such a thing as Steroid dependence? and how quickly does your body become dependent? And how do you come off them? This seems to happen from time to time and it is always hard work to come off them. I usually object a lot when I am told to stay on them for an extended period of time.
Up at max dosage again, my symptoms are better and no need for nebs, and just on blue inhaler over and above usual maintenance medication (plus steroid of course).