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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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I have been prescribed 20mg of prednisone. 5 days, take 3 pills 1time/day. Prescribed to me because my bronchitis is not going away after 7 days of taking 10 day course of Avelox. I know there are many possible side effects. I am experiencing several, bu

I have been prescribed 20mg of prednisone. 5 days, take 3 pills 1time/day.  Prescribed to me because my bronchitis is not going away after 7 days of taking 10 day course of Avelox.
I know there are many possible side effects. I am experiencing several, bu

Prednisone: Can cause a lot of side effects, especially at higher doses. For some, 60 mg at one time can cause feelings of nervousness, mood swings, insomnia etc, as well as elevations in blood sugar and blood pressure. If you are experiencing these, you could try splitting the dose in half and take it twice per day, or if that is still causing side effects, you may need to take a lower dose.Talk to your Dr. ...Read more

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On prednisone. I take glipizide ER 5 Xs 2/day. If i take prednisone first, then the glip, will it combat the roid spike?? Diabetic, asthma bronchitis?

On prednisone. I take glipizide ER 5 Xs 2/day. If i take prednisone first, then the glip, will it combat the roid spike?? Diabetic, asthma bronchitis?

Glipizide, prednison: Hi. Glipizide is a very weak diabetes drug. If you were well controlled with glipizide monotherapy prior to starting prednisone, the glipizide will be unlikely to keep you controlled on prednisone; if you weren't well controlled to begin with, then there's not a chance. Is the prednisone a short burst and taper? If so, you may weather it. If it's chronic prednisone, plan on other diabetes meds. ...Read more

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Have pneumonia asthma bronchitis on prednisone 40mgx5 levoflaxcin500x7 is ok to take benedryl, cough supp and expectorant to manage severe coughing?

Have pneumonia asthma bronchitis on prednisone 40mgx5 levoflaxcin500x7 is ok to take benedryl, cough supp and expectorant to manage severe coughing?

Probably OK but..: If your cough is caused by uncontrolled asthma, then you need to get the asthma under control instead of relying on cough medicine to relieve the symptoms. On the other hand, if your lung function is reasonably good and the cough is too bothersome, i see no harm in taking a cough suppressant for a few days. I would suggest that you talk to your doctor about these issues. ...Read more

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My dr prescribed prednisone 5mg twice daily for bronchitis. I take sinthroid 25mg for my hypothyroidism. Is it safe? I'm coughing and wheezing a lot.

Wheezing treatment: It is safe to take both medications together. There are no interactions between them. 10 mg total daily Prednisone is a low dose. You might need a higher dose if you are still wheezing. I assume you are taking antibiotic for bronchitis too. Talk to your doctor if wheezing persists and you don't get better. He or she might need to reevaluate your symptoms. ...Read more

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Doctor for a couple of months I have had to take prednisone, and some antibiotic, for bronchitis, and severe allergy's, symptoms, some wheezing, mucus?

Doctor for a couple of months I have had to take prednisone, and some antibiotic, for bronchitis, and severe allergy's, symptoms, some wheezing, mucus?

See allergist: Prednisone is not usually used fir treating allergic problem except in emergency situation such as asthma attack. I suspect that your problem is asthma and would urge you to consult an allergist. ...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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Should prednisone always work on someone with acute bronchitis?

Should prednisone always work on someone with acute bronchitis?

Caution: Steroids are effective medications at indiscriminately reducing inflammation. However, they have a number of potential side effects such as elevation of blood pressure/blood sugar, temporary emotional changes, gastritis and idiopathic bone necrosis. Additionally they actually suppress the natural immune system. Antibiotics, fluids, mucus thinners usually suffice unless severe airway swelling. ...Read more

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Had two 5 day bursts of Prednisone, 40mgs daily, only 5 wks apart, both times for bronchitis. Will my adrenals crash, since these bursts were close?

Had two 5 day bursts of Prednisone, 40mgs daily, only 5 wks apart, both times for bronchitis. Will my adrenals crash, since these bursts were close?

Prednisone: Depends on your general health: You should be ok, but be sure to follow your MD's directions & let us know if you have any withdrawal symptoms: (weakness, fatigue, decreased appetite, weight loss, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain) can mimic many other medical problems ...Read more

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I was prescribed Zpak, Prednisone, and Acetaminophen/Codeine syrup for Bronchitis. Should this be helpful?

I was prescribed Zpak, Prednisone, and Acetaminophen/Codeine syrup for Bronchitis. Should this be helpful?

Medications: The ZPak is a good broad spectrum antibiotic and Prednisone will treat inflammation, particularly if you had wheezing on exam.
The cough syrup combined with Tylenol (acetaminophen) can help with fever and cough. I usually advise using Tylenol (acetaminophen) only for fever and a cough preparation only if you need it to sleep.
Most bronchial infections though are viral and not treated with antibiotics. ...Read more

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My doctor has me on a prednisone (20 mg) schedule of 3-3-2-2-1-1. Is this a standard-sufficient dosage when recovering from a bout of bronchitis?

Yes: This is a very typical Prednisone taper. I use a course very similar to this. Feel better! of course, if you do not improve, please be sure to return to be re-evaluated, as pneumonia can always set in, despite the best care. ...Read more

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Had bronchitis since b4 thanksgiving still have it after 2 rounds of Zithromax and prednisone starting to believe it's something else is this normal ?

Had bronchitis since b4 thanksgiving still have it after 2 rounds of Zithromax and prednisone starting to believe it's something else is this normal ?

I agree: It is possible that you have had multiple consecutive viral infections in which case zithromax will have no effect whatsoever on the infection. If it is viral bronchitis however, prednisone usually provides some relief. Perhaps you have the cough due to allergies, undiagnosed asthma or acid reflux. I would see your PCP for work up. ...Read more

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Off prednisone for over 2 weeks and still having bad withdrawals. Was only on it for a week to treat bronchitis symptoms. How long to sleep well again?

Off prednisone for over 2 weeks and still having bad withdrawals. Was only on it for a week to treat bronchitis symptoms. How long to sleep well again?

Something else: I don't think what you're experiencing has anything to do with the short course of prednisone. Consider looking in other areas to find the cause. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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My doctor prescribed prednisone to me for my bronchitis. What does it do specifically to aid in getting over the bronchitis?

My doctor prescribed prednisone to me for my bronchitis. What does it do specifically to aid in getting over the bronchitis?

Fights inflammation: Prednisone is a strong anti-inflammatory medication. Perhaps you have had some narrowing of your bronchial tubes - and maybe some wheezing. Prednisone may help these symptoms. Prednisone is usually taken for a brief period of time, though. Taking it for long periods may increase your risk for diabetes, obesity, and bone thinning. But taken for a brief period may help your symptoms greatly. ...Read more

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On prednisone for bronchitis. Wont be doing any smoking but marijuana itself will not have any negative affects on my medication? Say edibles?

Maybe: Mj can modulate immune system adversely and cause arterial constriction, worse if inhaled, but still present to a lesser degree ingested. Best to avoid entirely. And get help for your cannabis addiction. ...Read more

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I have med anxiety. I just took prednisone for bronchitis(have taken b4 with no prob) but now i'm worried. Is it likely to cause an adverse reaction?

I have med anxiety. I just took prednisone for bronchitis(have taken b4 with no prob) but now i'm worried. Is it likely to cause an adverse reaction?

Anxiety: Many people have anxiety about medications, even ones they have previously taken. You are correct in your labeling the issue is not the medication. Many people take. The problem is your anxiety. Use ccognitive behavioral skills to fight it. Get assistance if you need to because your health is at stake. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with acute bronchitis and I'm on day 4 on z-pak and prednisone. Coughing and mucus haven't improved much. What can I do at this point?

I was diagnosed with acute bronchitis and I'm on day 4 on z-pak and prednisone. Coughing and mucus haven't improved much. What can I do at this point?

Wait: It can take as long as 8 weeks to completely get over a viral bronchitis though usually you will see improvement in a week or two. As long as you are not getting worse just wait. ...Read more

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I just started 20mg prednisone tonight for bronchitis. I took it at 8pm & its now 1:40am. Im having hot flashes & i'm only 19. How do I control this side effect? I don't like it, but i can't breathe.

Drug reaction: 20-40% of persons who take Prednisone have an adverse reaction to it. This will subside tonight, but you need to call your doctor in the am and clearly tell him/her about this. Do not keep taking it unless absolutely necessary. Side effects could get worse and result in tragedy. There are ways around these effects, but you and your doctor need specialist consultation. Now. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have increased sciatica pain after starting a round of prednisone for bronchitis? The pain seems to be nerve pain.

Is it normal to have increased sciatica pain after starting a round of prednisone for bronchitis? The pain seems to be nerve pain.

No : Likely you have something going on in your spine that is unrelated to the prednisone usage. You could have been coughing with bronchitis? If so, coughing is known to cause a herniated disk resulting in the sciatica. ...Read more

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Bronchitis (Definition)

An inflammation of the mucous membranes of the bronchi. May be caused by either viral or bacterial infections, and is treated with antibiotics , steroids, inhaled bronchodilators, or mucolytics. Bronchitis can ...Read more


Dr. John Feola
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Liquid Pred (Definition)

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