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Dr. Thomas Namey
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Prednisone (Definition)

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 ...Read more


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What is the treatment for prednisone overdose?

What is the treatment for prednisone overdose?

Unlikely to overdose: 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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Is there anyway to get rid of prednisone moonface after treatment?

Is there anyway to get rid of prednisone moonface after treatment?

Time: Most patients will see a slow decrease in the loss of the moon fascies patients get after taking streoids. Unfortunately, the changes come on faster then they will decrease. Watch your diet and try to exercise both of which will help. ...Read more

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After day treatment of prednisone i had bad withdrawal effects. What should I do?

Not sure what u mean: After one day's treatment? That would not cause withdrawal. If steroids are used for more than a couple of weeks, it should always be tapered. Medrol (methylprednisolone) dosepaks are available that actually taper the dose on a very specific schedule, and are often used in people who have to be on a week or 10 days worth of steroids. Talk to whoever was prescribing the Prednisone to you - they can give best advice. ...Read more

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Are the risks of gastric relapse of chrohns high after prednisone treatment?

Are the risks of gastric relapse of chrohns high after prednisone treatment?

Gastric Crohn's : There is always a risk of relapse of Crohn's disease, no matter which part of the digestive tract it is in. Treatment with prednisone does not increase the chances of a relapse. It is impossible to predict what the odds of a relapse are, since Crohn's disease is not very predictable in any patient. I would discuss this question with your gastroenterologist. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can I have my teeth cleaned while on prednisone for 6 week treatment?

Can I have my teeth cleaned while on prednisone for 6 week treatment?

Yes, Absolutely: If you're due for a teeth cleaning, you shouldn't have any worries about your current Prednisone treatment. Make sure your dentist and hygienist know exactly what drug you're on and what dosage you're taking. They also need to know why you're taking it and for how much longer. But, your dental cleaning will be just fine. ...Read more

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Is prednisone an effective treatment for siatic nerve pain?

Is prednisone an effective treatment for siatic nerve pain?

Sciatica: Low back pain that radiates into the leg is called sciatica. A herniated disc in the lumbar area is one common cause. Simple exercises and stretching, over the counter pain medication, or prednisone or other steroid medications like Medrol (methylprednisolone) dosepak can reduce inflammation. Physical therapy can help. If it has been present for more than 3 weeks, see a Doctor. An MRI might be the next step. ...Read more

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How long does prednisone stay in your system after a15 day treatment?

How long does prednisone stay in your system after a15 day treatment?

Prednisone: The half life of Prednisone is between 18-36 hours. It usually takes six half lives for a medicine to clear so between 4.5 and 9 days. ...Read more

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Why is risky to take 2 consecutively treatments of prednisone, each one of 21 pills in 6 days?

Why is risky to take 2 consecutively treatments of prednisone, each one of 21 pills in 6 days?

Risky? It depends:: It is not necessarily risky to take prednisone for 12 days. If it's appropriately prescribed for a corticosteroid responsive condition, and if you have no contraindication to prednisone, it is not risky. Relative contraindications include Diabetes, active peptic ulcer, on high dose NSAIDS or on medication with drug interactions with prednisone. If only on it for 12 days no need to tapper dose. ...Read more

Dr. John Feola
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