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Dr. Thomas Namey
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Prednisone (Overview)

Prednisone is a synthetic cortisone. The body makes cortisone, a natural hormone made in adrenal glands. The body converts it to Hydrocortisone to become active. 25 mg of cortisone has about same effect as 5 mgm prednisone. The average person would produce 3-6 mg of pred daily. So why use a substitute? The synthetic has more anti-inflammatory effect; but has less effect on minerals like potassium.


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What is prednisone?

What is prednisone?

Medicine : Predisone is a type of steroidal medicine. ...Read more

Dr. Thomas Namey
2,568 doctors shared insights

Prednisone (Overview)

Prednisone is a synthetic cortisone. The body makes cortisone, a natural hormone made in adrenal glands. The body converts it to Hydrocortisone to become active. 25 mg of cortisone has about same effect as 5 mgm prednisone. The average person would produce 3-6 mg of pred daily. So why use a substitute? The synthetic has more anti-inflammatory effect; but has less effect on minerals like potassium.


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Can prednisone, do the exact same function that cortisol do in the body\like give me back my ability to exercise easier\? If not what is the treatment?

Can prednisone, do the exact same function that cortisol do in the body\like give me back my ability to exercise easier\? If not what is the treatment?

No: Prednisone is an antiinflammatory corticosteroid and is not meant to replace cortisone deficiency in our body. Cortisone acetate is what is used for that purpose such as in addison's disease or adrenal gland insufficiency. ...Read more

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Please describe the medication: prednisone?

Please describe the medication: prednisone?

PREDNISONE A STEROID: Prednisone is a synthetic cortisone. The body makes cortisone, a natural hormone made in adrenal glands. The body converts it to Hydrocortisone to become active. 25 mg of cortisone has about same effect as 5 mgm prednisone. The average person would produce 3-6 mg of pred daily. So why use a substitute? The synthetic has more anti-inflammatory effect; but has less effect on minerals like potassium. ...Read more

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What do doctors prescribe prednisone with cephalexin for?

What do doctors prescribe prednisone with cephalexin for?

Caution: Sometimes some doctors are not sure if there is inflammation or infection or both. Main thing is; if viral, don't give abx, if infection don't give prednisone. Exceptions may include asthma triggered by infection. ...Read more

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How long should one use prednisone for?

How long should one use prednisone for?

As short as possible: Prednisone is a miracle med that puts many problems in remission but comes at a price of : anxiety, depression, agitation, increased risk of infection and bone fracture. Long term use requires a serious discussion of relative risk and benefits. ...Read more

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I used prednisone for 3 days for gout. 60mg first, then 40, 20. Stopped because of sweats. Will I get effects. Been off for 36 hrs. Little light head.?

Sweating and: Light-headedness are well-known side effects of steroids and should go away a few days after you're off the prednisone. As dr. Namey noted, steroids are usually not the first line of treatment for gout, but there are times when non-steroidal antiinflammatories are either dangerous or can't be used (like in diabetics or patients with kidney disease), in which case Prednisone is used. ...Read more

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Is there an effective substitute for prednisone?

Is there an effective substitute for prednisone?

Generally no: It depends on what condition the Prednisone is used for in the first place. Generally, if a corticosteroid is the only option, then any subsitute steroid would give the same risks. ...Read more

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How fast oral prednisone work on joint pain?

How fast oral prednisone work on joint pain?

Usually within a day: Or earlier. But consequences and side-effects emerge with too much for too long. A quick fix, but usually not the long term one! Especially for arthritis! ...Read more

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Can 1 have lupus diagnosis only by sx, repeatedana1:640, & prednisone works? Other labs always neg. Md thinks lupus but I'm afraid he'll start 2 think I'm crazy

Can 1 have lupus diagnosis only by sx, repeatedana1:640, & prednisone works? Other labs always neg. Md thinks lupus but I'm afraid he'll start 2 think I'm crazy

May or may not be: A positive ANA and improvement of symptoms with Prednisone does not make a specific diagnosis of sle. Lupus is not the only cause of a positive ana. A careful evaluation will help define what you have. Just because you respond to Prednisone does not mean you have lupus. ...Read more

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Is prednisone safe to use twice in a month?

Yes: If clinically indicated and not having side effects. ...Read more

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How dangerous are corticosteroid injections like kenalog (triamcinolone) or prednisone?

Low risk: Infrequent corticosteroid injections are quite safe. Infrequent injections will not cause significant growth effects in children or contribute to decreased bone mass or immune function or increase the risk of weight gain or cataracts. A one in a million risk is hip or knee joint damage. The watch word here is infrequent. ...Read more

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Is prednisone safe in general?

Yes and no: There are always side effects that need to be monitored. It is a valuable medication and has saved and kept alive many people. A lot of its toxicity is due to long term use. Your physician will guide you as to the side effects and how you should approach them and how to prevent the side effects. ...Read more

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After weaning off massive prednisone doses of 23 days (6of those days was 480 ml/day), how long can tremors (side effect prednisone) last?

After weaning off massive prednisone doses of 23 days (6of those days was 480 ml/day), how long can tremors (side effect prednisone) last?

In a few days.: The tremor effect, if present, usually does not last for more than a couple of days after stopping the drug (unless it was given in a Depo-Provera injection). Avoid caffeine and stimulant in the meanwhile. If the tremor continues for more than 72 hrs, I would look for other potential causes. ...Read more

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What are some side effects of prednisone?

Elevated Glucose: Some side effects of steroids include, elevated blood sugar, weight gain, fluid retention, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, osteonecrosis,, cataracts, mood swings, increased risk of infections, easy bruising, adrenal suppression. ...Read more

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Hi I've been on prednisone 10mg for the last 2 months how long will it take to leave my system cheers?

Taper the dose: Long-term prednisone suppresses the normal hormonal production by your adrenal gland. The dose should be tapered (over 2-4 weeks) rather than being abruptly stopped. ...Read more

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How long do the side effects of prednisone last?

How long do the side effects of prednisone last?

It depends: It depends on what side effect you are talking about. Weight gain, for instance can take weeks or months to reverse. ...Read more

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What is the half-life of prednisone?

What is the half-life of prednisone?

Short-acting drug: Prednisone itself has a half-life of about an hour, but it is converted in the body to prednisolone, which lasts about a day. Some people either lack or have lower activity of the enzyme that converts prednisone, and it is a less effective medication in those people. For that reason, some doctors prescribe methyprednisolone (medrol), which is more bioavailable, and also lasts about a day. ...Read more

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Acth stimulation test w/poor response. I was told to wear a med bracelet and take prednisone. How do I know if it's addison's vs adrenal isufficiency?

Acth stimulation test w/poor response. I was told to wear a med bracelet and take prednisone. How do I know if it's addison's vs adrenal isufficiency?

Antibody: You have adrenal insufficiency. That's already proven on your acth stim test. Addison is one cause for adrenal insufficiency. The diagnosis is made by checking for adrenal antibodies. ...Read more

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The combination of prednisone and acyclovir for my bell's palsy makes me extremely drowsy is this normal? The pa that prescribed the meds said its nt

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The combination of prednisone and acyclovir for my bell's palsy makes me extremely drowsy is this normal?  The pa that prescribed the meds said its nt

Bell's palsy: Prednisone is more likely to give you insomnia than make you drowsy (http://www.Drugs. Com/prednisone. Html). Acyclovir may be associated w/unusual tiredness or weakness (http://www.Drugs. Com/sfx/acyclovir-side-effects. Html). It's up to you to decide whether medications' side effects are worth benefit. ...Read more

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I have shingles. Can I mix Valtrex (valacyclovir) and prednisone. Dr today told me to stop prednisone. Do u concur? Thank you

Can't say: Without an actual examination, I cannot give specific medical advice on your particular health, but steroids are given to prevent long term chronic pain (use brief; data not great that it works).
Valtrex gets rid of virus; use is 1-2wk
Might be reasons NOT to use a lot of prednisones (diabetes for example). ...Read more

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If I overdosed on prednisone last night, can I die?

If I overdosed on prednisone last night, can I die?

Unlikely!: Best bet is you did not sleep. We use doses of methyprednisolone or Dexamethasone at doses equivalent to 1000mg of Prednisone by IV administration to treat severe flares in lupus, or to sometimes treat vasculitis. I doubt you took so much. ...Read more

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How much calcium does someone taking 40 mg of prednisone a day probably need?

How much calcium does someone taking 40 mg of prednisone a day probably need?

1500-2000 mg/day: At least 1500 mg of calcium per day from foods rich in calcium and supplements. It is also very important to ensure vitamin d levels are kept normal. This will usually require a vitamin d supplements, because steroids cause the body to use up vitamin d much faster than usual. ...Read more

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How many hours are two tablets of 20mg prednisone active in the body for?

24 hours: In general, Prednisone has effects that last for 24 hours. Some physicians choose to divide the daily dose into twice daily dosing to space outside effects such as increase activity, trouble sleeping, increased appetite, muscle aches, joint pains etc. And other physicians will dose it once daily if it is for a short course. ...Read more

Dr. John Feola
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Liquid Pred (Definition)

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Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
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