I personally think that tapering off is an individual problem. Some people take months to go from say 10 mgs. down to 9, while others start at a much higher dose and can taper off faster until they get to a lower dose. Your body lets you know when to hold steady. I started at 10 mgs. and am now down to 2 mgs, but it has taken 16 months with fluctuations along the way. My body is telling me to stay at two for the time being with just the occasional stiffness when getting up from a chair. After my rheumatologist started me on Plaquenil (200mgs twice a day) I was able to taper off every two weeks from 8mgs down to 2 mgs today. So far so good.