I promised to report on how helpful Leflunomide was in tapering off pred. I was fortunate and didn't have any ill effects, in fact it helped remove many of the aches and feelings of illness which I had. Under my rheumy, I tapered down to one milligram of pred and then, following his instructions, stopped both pred and Omeprazole. I have to keep taking Leflunomide for 3 months then after another 3 months have an appointment with my rheumy.
It wasn't completely plain sailing, a few months ago I had an abscess in my throat and narrowly avoided being admitted to hospital. However the infusions and antibiotics that I had to take gave me "flare" symptoms. I increased the pred but was soon back to normal tapering.
I am now completely off pred and only experience slight fatigue. My legs have not yet returned to full strength so I'm looking for some gentle exercises to get them to normal. I will report back when I finally see my rheumy and let you know if all has gone well.