Is it ok to take 20 mg of Prednisone and just stop? How long does it take to get hooked?
Prednisone: Is it ok to take 20 mg of Prednisone... - PMRGCAuk
I think we need more information. Take 20mg of pred for what, for how long and what do you mean by "hooked"? I see you had PMR 5 years ago is it still the same ...or have you been in remission?
I am not a medic, but here's what I know:
Prednisone is a steroid prescribed by physicians to treat inflammatory conditions. If you were not given, or do not understand, the withdrawal instructions issued by your physician, get in touch with them.
Prednisone is not an addictive drug. It interferes with the normal function of adrenal glands, and therefore sudden and unsupervised withdrawal can be dangerous to the point of life threatening.
For those on a short course, it is unlikely that the adrenal glands will shut down completely, but adrenal insufficiency is no joke either. Follow the instructions. If your dose is higher that 20mg per day, you really must seek professional guidance.
For those on a long course- months or years - tapering can be a long process, including the restoration of normal adrenal function. There's a lot of information regarding withdrawing from a long course of prednisone treatment. Try a search in the box at the upper right corner of your computer screen.
My understanding is that one week won’t stop your adrenal function, two might not, but if you’ve been on it over two weeks you MUST NOT stop abruptly. Your adrenal glands go on vacation while prednisone is doing their job for them. If you just stop you will get very sick.
In some places, people wear med-alert bracelets or carry “blue cards” that alert medical personnel that they must not be taken off prednisone, as stopping abruptly can be life-threatening.