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I am Using Prednisone (Deltacortril) for ITP.

03/10/2011

Question:

USING DELTACORTRIL( PREDNISONE)40.  MG FOR THE PAST 6 WEEKS FOR ITP.HOW CAN IT BE TAPERED OFF TO LOWEST LIMIT, BEFORE STOPPING IT ALTOGETHER?

Answer:

Thank you for visiting NetWellness. On this site, we try to answer general questions about idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP), but we cannot recommend a specific treatment. You appear to have a very specific question about the use prednisone in the management of ITP, which can only be answered properly by a physician who is familiar with your medical history.

Prednisone is frequently used in the management of ITP to assist in raising your platelet count. At a dose of 40mg, the prednisone will likely need to be tapered to prevent withdrawal symptoms. However, ultimately the decision whether to taper and the appropriate schedule can only be determined by your physician. I would encourage you to discuss this question with your physician.

Take care.
Adriane Irwin, MS, PharmD PGY1 Resident
The Ohio State University Medical Center

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Sarah Hudson-DiSalle, PharmD, RPh
Specialty Practice Pharmacist of Outpatient Pharmacy
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University