62 yr old female, almost finished from 15-12.5 mg, Diagnosed GCA May, 2017, USA
I’m about done with the jump from 15mg to 12.5 mg Pred and so far I’m feeling good. My Rheumy said once I get to 10, we’ll slow down. (Reminder, my Rheumy is one of the good ones, has listened to me before and said we’re a team.) i still have to get from 12.5 to 10 so this question is a bit premature.
The tapering schedule proposed in the above article has me intrigued at staying at 10mg for a year. Do the authors suggest this so that the patient sits at a dosage that is ‘safe and without fear of flares’ while the immune system continues to work on the underlying disease?
What are your thoughts on this? Pros? Cons? I have to admit that I think I like the idea - but I also admit that some of that could be driven by the fear of flares. Is 10 mg a low enough dose to be considered non-threatening? I wanted to get all of your thoughts before I see doc once I get close to 10mg.
Thanks in advance