I'm categorized as a severe to moderate persistent asthmatic (depending on what my lungs are doing) and I have a history of HPA axis suppression due to steroids used to treat the asthma. And now I have an adrenal adenoma and hepatic adenomatosis, which is apparently rare and absolutely NO fun. Doctors miss the HPA axis suppression every time and actively fight me on it. I've had am cortisols of 1 and 6 and ACTH of less than 5, yet the doctors still can't get on board. This blog contains affiliate links which means I earn a small commission if you shop on linked sites. I do not receive any funds or free samples or other corporate enticements--all affiliate links are products I use myself. The medical myopia and general lack of adrenal knowledge is horrifying. I took premed classes for 2 years (during a health upswing) and figured it out and advocated my ass off. Basically, the moral of the story is...don't be me. And it turns out, medicine isn't so great with adenomas either. Prednisone is a prescription medication used to treat a wide variety of conditions. It is part of a group of medications known as glucocorticoids, corticosteroids, or simply "steroids" for short. As with most steroids, stopping prednisone is not recommended without your healthcare provider's approval. Although the drug is not addicting and is not likely to be abused, the body may need time to adjust when you stop taking it. When prednisone is taken for more than a few weeks, the body becomes accustomed to it and begins to make less of its natural steroids. If the drug is stopped too quickly, the body does not have time to adjust, and dangerous side effects can occur. In most cases, your healthcare provider will recommend that you stop taking prednisone slowly to avoid severe withdrawal symptoms. In general, the longer you have been taking the drug and the higher your prednisone dosage, the longer it takes to taper off prednisone.
Prednisone Withdrawal Symptoms Prednisone is an anti-inflammatory drug that is classified as a glucocorticosteroid - a class of endogenous hormones that are produced by the adrenal gland in Prednisone withdrawal may occur, when the drug is stopped abruptly. Read on for more information about the treatment for such withdrawal.