Prednisone dosage 10mg/day 14 days without taper?

Patient

Q: I am 16 years old, Male 5 ft 5 inches tall, and 130 lbs . I have eczema, was prescribed prednisone for a severe breakout. Prescribed dosage was: 40 mg for 3 days, 30 mg for 3 days, 20 mg for 7 days, 10 mg for 7 then stop.

After the second day of 40 mg, I found myself unable to sleep. In an effort to lessen the side effects, I went straight to 20 mg for 7 days. Afterwards, of course, I had excess medication so I took 10 mg for 14 days. I just took my last pill and I have been pretty concerned with the fact that my adrenal glands likely became acclimated to the medication after being on a constant dosage for more than a week. My question is, how badly should I worry? Need I go see a doctor right away in order to get a refill so I can properly taper? 10 mg is likely a small dosage but even then, is 14 days enough to become dependent on it?

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