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2nd withdrawal of prednisone after initial Steroid avoidance protocolTransplants | Last Active: Nov 16, 2020 | Replies (8)
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There are quite a few centers that do the rapid prednisone taper now. They give another drug (there are a few different ones) at the time of transplant, it's called an induction, which reduces the immune system significantly and lasts for 6-12 months. It allows for the rapid withdrawal of the steroids right after transplant. My issue is I did great with this, I had no rejection but had to go on prednisone for another reason and now, at 9 months post transplant, they are not sure if they should take me off prednisone again or not.