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Started rescue pack 30mg steroids but can't remember how long to take them and if I need to taper them of

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My course of prednisolone in the rescue pack is normally for 7 days at 30 mg/day. No tapering off. If in doubt ring your GP and ask.

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I agree with 2greys. You should always notifie your dr if you start your rescue meds. So infections and exasperations can be recorded and your meds replaced.

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I ‘believe’ anything more than seven days would require tapering off but best to check or confirm that with your doctor or pharmacist.

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Thankyou very helpful

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Then l suggest you ask your Doctor

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I normally use them for 7 days at 30mg no tail off

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Just finished my course 8 tabs a day in 1 dose,duration 7 days

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Thankyou very helpful

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The respiratory unit here has advised seven days at 30mg and then reduce by 5mg every third day but OH is steroid dependent on 10mg maintenance dose.

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June24

Hi, when I have to use my rescue pack it is always without a taper, therefore if you start on 6 tablets a day continue that dose until the antibiotics are finished, usually 7 days worth. Then stop the steroids.

IKeith

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Thanks very helpful

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I recently started out on 6 (x5 mg) as recommended by my respiratory nurse. But things didn't get better and I had to go to A&E for support and nebulizer. They bumped me up to 8 tabs and right now I'm tapering off through 6 to 5 to 4 (present dosage), and down to 2 in next week or so. I was told to contact my respiratory hub at hospital if there's any dramatic change in my condition. Good luck. Finn

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Thankyou that's very helpful

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If they are the same ones as mine normally take 6 to begin with mine was for 5 days

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