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DaveEamens630
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« on: 12 June, 2018, 09:40:53 am »

I was prescribed 50mg per day for 10 days, this ended on Saturday but since then I have felt unwell.
Tiredness, fatigue, aches and pains and tight chest.
Is this prednisone withdrawals or something else?
Dr told me that it's not but I'm not so sure.
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Bernadette
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« Reply #1 on: 12 June, 2018, 04:08:33 pm »

Hi Dave,

Sorry that you are feeling unwell.

50mg per day for 10 days is one option as a dosing regime for Bell's palsy. The suggestion is to divide the 50mg into 2 x 25mg doses.

I was told to follow the other suggested option i.e 60 mg daily for five days followed by a daily reduction in dose of 10 mg (for a total treatment time of 10 days) The hospital doctor who suggested this regime to me seemed to think tapering off was important - more important than the total dose taken.

You can see the NICE recommendations here https://cks.nice.org.uk/bells-palsy#!scenario

I actually took the first 60mg, had a bad reaction to it including moving from partial paralysis to more severe paralysis, and so I  tapered off from Day 2 to Day 10 with the result  that I took a greatly reduced dose. On Day 10 I started to experience severe pain and my recovery started.

I can't find much on adverse effects of suddenly stopping prednisolone. There is this paper which describes respiratory distress  in someone with a pre-existing lung condition, so I think not very relevant really https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16131795

Hope you feel better soon and get some recovery too!
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