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What to do if I have asthma. Nothing really works too well except prednisone. I need advice! Help!?

What to do if I have asthma. Nothing really works too well except prednisone. I need advice! Help!?

Difficult call: I must think that your controller treatment has been at it's maximum and different types have been tried including combinations of long acting agonists and steroids. I would suggest that if you are not presently seeing a pulmonologist, ask your family physician to recommend one. Your type of asthma may require special treatment.
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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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How long does it take for prednisone to work in the treatment of asthma?

How long does it take for prednisone to work in the treatment of asthma?

Within 24 hours: While Prednisone and other oral steroids are rapidly absorbed from the GI tract and begin to kill eosinophils in the blood (common white blood cell in allergic asthma) within 4 hours, the lung effect is typically longer but within 24 hours. (that is why it is important to start Prednisone early in an asthma attack). ...Read more

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Cyclic horrible bark cough q 3 wks. On ppi, asthma inhalers, and singulair (montelukast). Nothing works except prednisone but I can't take that life long. Desperate?

Cyclic horrible bark cough q 3 wks. On ppi, asthma inhalers, and singulair (montelukast). Nothing works except prednisone but I can't take that life long. Desperate?

Post-nasal drip?: When treating a chronic cough, you must treat every possible contributor to the cough or it won't resolve. Post-nasal drip or any sinus condition can result in bronchospasm and, thus, the cough. Perhaps you need to add a nasal steroid spray to your regimen in addition to a steroid inhaler and your other meds. You may need a very slow steroid taper to get to the lowest possible effective dose. ...Read more

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4 day course of prednisone for asthma - 40 mg decreasing by 10 mg each day. Breastfeeding9 month old. Ok?

4 day course of prednisone for asthma - 40 mg decreasing by 10 mg each day. Breastfeeding9 month old. Ok?

Prednisone: According to Toxnet/Lactmed very little of prednisone will end up in breastmilk. It is safe to take a short burst of prednisone while breastfeeding. There should be minimal impact of prednisone on breastmilk production. Https://toxnet. Nlm. Nih. Gov/newtoxnet/lactmed. Htm ...Read more

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Cani take prednisone for my asthma?

Cani take prednisone for my asthma?

You can: But most typically it is used to treat flares. In general the side effects of long term prednisone use are outweighed by the benefits. Especially as there are so many other options to manage asthma with far better side effect profiles. ...Read more

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Pros & cons of prednisone for bronchitis? (i have asthma)

Pros & cons of prednisone for bronchitis? (i have asthma)

Quick relief: Without steroids, it will take longer to recover, steroids are not always needed. Cons of a short course are limited but include insomnia and increased blood sugar. Long term use is more likely to cause problems. ...Read more

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Is there anything else besides prednisone to take for asthma flare-ups?

Is there anything else besides prednisone to take for asthma flare-ups?

Perhaps: Some experts have advocated doubling the dose of the inhaled steroid during an exacerbation but the most common practice is still a short course of oral steroid. Even more importantly, you need to use enough medication to prevent exacerbation which often impacts permanent damage to your airway despite treatment. If you have more than 2 exacerbations a year, see allergist. ...Read more

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What do they do next when prednisone stops working for asthma flare-ups?

What do they do next when prednisone stops working for asthma flare-ups?

Shd not depend on it: Asthma tts have gotten very good and in most cases there are excellent inhalers that if used regularly control asthma very well. In this case you should see a pulmonary specialist. Besides repeated courses of steroids can have many serious side effects. ...Read more

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Is it harmful to do a lower dose of prednisone than prescribed for my asthma, even if the lower dose seems to be working fine?

Is it harmful to do a lower dose of prednisone than prescribed for my asthma, even if the lower dose seems to be working fine?

Talk with your doc: It is quite possible that a lower dose of prednisone than prescribed is all you need to treat your asthma, but though you feel fine at the time of the lower dose it may not have been enough to resolve the inflammatory process that caused the attack. That can result in a rebound attack more harmful than the original one. Tell your doc what you've done, they will guide you on further care ...Read more

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I stopped being able to smell at 13. Now I cannot smell anything unless I'm on prednisone for my asthma. Are there any alternatives?

See an ENT: You may have chronic ethmoid sinusitis that can cause you to lose your sense of smell. It is a good sign that you regain your smell intermittently. See an ent, have a ct scan of the sinuses and discuss your options. ...Read more

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I have been diagnosed with bronchial asthma. It seems as though once the prednisone is gone. My problems return. Is there a legal alternative?

I have been diagnosed with bronchial asthma. It seems as though once the prednisone is gone. My problems return. Is there a legal alternative?

Legal alternative?: Not sure what you mean by legal alternative... If you have asthma and require Prednisone courses, then you probably need to be on inhaled maintenance and eliminate potential trigger. A lot more info is needed about your condition to give a proper opinion and advice. But given that your symptoms persist after completing a Prednisone course, I would recommend you seeing a pulmonologist. ...Read more

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I was recently put on prednisone 20mg for a short time from being sick. Is there a generic drug that does the same, noticed helped my asthma much.

Generic Medication: Prednisone has a generic. However, you did not present your history. How long have you taken Prednisone and for condition. You did not say whether your doctor gave you a tapering dose. Prednisone has to be tapered to a lower dose and then discontinued. ...Read more

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My son is 10months and almost21 pounds. He was put on Prednisone for his asthma for7days.7 ml for 4 days and then 3ml for3 days. This seems alot Norma?

My son is 10months and almost21 pounds. He was put on Prednisone for his asthma for7days.7 ml for 4 days and then 3ml for3 days. This seems alot Norma?

Oral steroids: For courses of under a week, high doses of oral steroids may be given without the need for a prolonged tapering schedule. Doses of 1 mg per pound are not uncommon in this setting. Best wishes to you both. ...Read more

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Is prednisone a good medicine for 3 year old asthma patient?

Is prednisone a good medicine for 3 year old asthma patient?

If needed yes: Often when a chid has an uncontrollable asthma flare, Prednisone is necessary to stop it. Regimens can differ but most include a short burst (several days) of a higher dose then slowly tapered. Prednisone hypes kids up so he may be more irritable. To avoid oral steroids, identify triggers and use controller medicine. Parent classes about asthma care help. Get a written asthma plan from his doctor. ...Read more

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Is 60mg of prednisone daily for 5 days enough for asthma attack?

Is 60mg of prednisone daily for 5 days enough for asthma attack?

Usually: That dose for that duration should be able to significantly decrease the symptoms of asthma during an attack. However, the dose and duration of treatment will vary depending on the severity of the attack. Longer and stronger courses may be necessary. On the other hand, shorter courses of less dose can also do the trick for a molder exacerbation. ...Read more

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How long does it take for prednisone to help asthma attack been on it since tues 9 pm 33 yr old woman 60 mh 2 dys, now on 40 mh for four?

How long does it take for prednisone to help asthma attack been on it since tues 9 pm 33 yr old woman 60 mh 2 dys, now on 40 mh for four?

Varies....: The time for Prednisone to be effective varies but you should begin to feel better within a few days. If your symptoms are worsening, you need to be re-evaluated by your doctor or go to the er. You may need more intensive therapy if you are not improving. If you are smoking, you need to quit immediately. Good luck! ...Read more

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Dr prescribed 3 days of 2ml liquid prednisone for 11months olds' asthma and cough, but its day 4 and he's not better. Can I keep giving it to him?

Dr prescribed 3 days of 2ml liquid prednisone for 11months olds' asthma and cough, but its day 4 and he's not better. Can I keep giving it to him?

See your doctor: I would advise you follow back up with their physician to make sure something else has not developed. As they saw him recently, they will be the best equiped to evaluate if a change in treatment is necessary. ...Read more

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Prescribed prednisone for asthma/laryngitis. 4 day dose: 40mg on day 1, then 30, 20mg, and 10mg. I am very worried about side effects. Should I be?

Prescribed prednisone for asthma/laryngitis. 4 day dose: 40mg on day 1, then 30, 20mg, and 10mg. I am very worried about side effects. Should I be?

Common dosing: Short term treatment with a tapering dose of an anti-inflammatory steroid is a common practice. Any med strong enough to do good could produce uncomfortable side effects. With this treatment, the more common side effect would be an increase in appetite or steroid "rage", where you get cranky, which all fades as the med stops. You must decide if the SE's are worse than the problem. I would ignore them ...Read more

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To control my Asthma I have to take Qvar, Xopanex, Duoneb, and Prednisone constantly. I don't want to take all this medicine. What can I do to change?

To control my Asthma I have to take Qvar, Xopanex, Duoneb, and Prednisone constantly. I don't want to take all this medicine. What can I do to change?

Time for a visit: You need to sit down with your doc/asthma specialist and come up with a treatment plan you can understand and do consistently. You mention several meds that do the same thing, and if you are changing up your program you are not getting consistent results. ...Read more

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I find prednisone really helps me with my asthma and allergies when there aren't totally under control. Is there a less evasive drug I can take instead? Or safer dosage (than 50mg)?

I find prednisone really helps me with my asthma and allergies when there aren't totally under control. Is there a less evasive drug I can take instead? Or safer dosage (than 50mg)?

Yes: Oral steroids do work very well but they are not the type of drug you want to continue for long periods. There are many side effects with long-term usage. I assume you are taking an inhaled steroid as a controller. You may need your dose adjusted. Asthma is often environmentally triggered. Check your home, etc for hidden triggers. ...Read more

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33lady breastfeeding w/ asthma can I use prednisone?

Yes: If the asthma is bad enough, then yes, Prednisone can be used. There may be safer, less intense, alternatives like inhaled steroids, or bronchodilators, like albuterol (ventolin or proair), but there use really depends on the severity of the asthma attack. Your doctor will be able to tell you this. ...Read more

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Doctor just put me on prednisone for my asthma. Should I be very scared?

Doctor just put me on prednisone for my asthma. Should I be very scared?

No: The Prednisone will help get your asthma under control...Most people have very few side effects from taking Prednisone for a short time. Just be sure to followup with your dr to keep it under control. ...Read more

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What is the purpose of using prednisone if no pulmonary or asthma conditions exist?

What is the purpose of using prednisone if no pulmonary or asthma conditions exist?

Anti-inflammatory: Predinsone is a strong anti-inflammatory and is used in many clinical settings and disease states. ...Read more

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Can you tell me of any males have low sperm due to having asthma as a child and being on steriods such as prednisone?

Can you tell me of any males have low sperm due to having asthma as a child and being on steriods such as prednisone?

NO: This is unclear but needs to be investigated. Need to see a urologist. There are a number of reasons for low sperm count and may have to do with steroids but need to rule other things out. See a urologist. ...Read more

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When I take the prednisone for an asthma flare up my skin, especially face gets warm. Almost like a flushed feeling. Normal?

Yes: It is the effect from the prednisone. See if your physician can control your asthma differently, see an allergist or pulmonary specialist to avoid the prednisone. ...Read more

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I'm one high dose prednisone for asthma flairup. I'm getting the rash from the high doses. It's happened before. What can I do for the rash?

I'm one high dose prednisone for asthma flairup. I'm getting the rash from the high doses. It's happened before. What can I do for the rash?

Not much: Unfortunately, there is not much to do about a steroid-associated rash until you're able to get off of it. The best approach is to see an allergist to make sure you're doing everything possible to control the asthma to the point that you don't have to resort to oral steroids for exacerbations. ...Read more

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Asthma (Definition)

A disease of the lungs caused by chronic inflammation of the airways most often caused by allergies. This inflammation results in airway swelling and hyperactivity leading to difficulty breathing, shortness of ...Read more


Dr. John Feola
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Liquid Pred (Definition)

Liquid Pred is a corticosteroid which is a kind of ...Read more