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My first post was in August 2017 under the heading "Is this just a blip?"
To explain my alarming new title: I'd been gradually reducing and had reached 4mg per day. All was well and I had a blood test before seeing the French rheumatologist again last month. He told me to stay on 4mg and come to see him again in August. All being well, I would then drop by 1mg per month.
However, from time to time (perhaps once a year) I get an asthma flare-up, often associated with bronchitis. Such a flare-up occurred at the end of last week and I wheezed and coughed my way to a GP, who has put me on 4/5 days of 80mg plus a short course of antibiotics. As is nearly always the case, this high dose is sorting out the asthmatic / bronchitis coughing and I'm confident it will have gone away within the 4/5 days.
I have stopped my daily 4mg (for the PMR) during this period but am wondering whether this sudden surge up to 80mg will mess up my gradual reduction programme. I mean, will it be a shock to the system if, in a couple of days, I suddenly drop back to 4mg?
I have plenty of Pred available so should I cut back to, say, 40mg or 20mg before dropping back to 4mg? If so, for how long?
It really is Sod's Law that I should get this asthma fit just as my pred was decreasing so nicely!
Comments and advice greatly appreciated.
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