I got pneumonia back in Nov. and I have COPD already, so it really put me down when I got sick. I have been on oxygen therapy, and they have changed my maintenance drugs for the COPD, which are working for me much better than the old ones, but as soon as I try to taper off the prednisone, I get down to 10 mg. and get tight and wheezy, and have trouble even walking across a room. I know steroids are bad, and side effects are awful too (I am puffy and gaining weight) but I just can't seem to get well enough to get off of them, and worry about long term problems. How long can you stay on this steroid?
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