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Can prednisone cause ulcers?

Can prednisone cause ulcers?

Yes: Prednisone is a powerful anti inflammatory agent used for treatment of arthritis, copd, asthma and other steroid responsive conditions. The risk for ulcers is higher for higher doses, prolonged use, or with prior history of ulcers. The risks for ulcers and other side effects must be balanced against the benefit of treatment. As a rule the lowest possible dose should be used for the least time. ...Read more

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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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Can prednisone cause gastritis/ulcer. Took it for only 2 days and started getting stomach problems. Been off prednisone for 3 weeks, but still have it?

Can prednisone cause gastritis/ulcer. Took it for only 2 days and started getting stomach problems. Been off prednisone for 3 weeks, but still have it?

Yes...: but usually takes more than 2 days of treatment. Could aggravate prior issue, or be unrelsted. Talk to prescribing doc. ...Read more

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If i've had ulcers before should I drink alcohol while on prednisone?

If i've had ulcers before should I drink alcohol while on prednisone?

Avoid both: Both are to be avoided with ulcers. Discuss your history with your physician. ...Read more

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My brother is suffering from chronic aphthos ulcers. He was treated symptomatically with topical prednisone as well as antibiotics. Still no effect?

Chronic ulcers: There are prescription meds help reduce the intensity and duration but this a virus and there is no cure. Palliative treatments can help with discomfort, also modifying diet, exposure to irritants, trauma and reducing stress can help as well. See a dentist for prescription meds and use when earliest signs occur, may cut from 7-10 days to 3-5 days. Antibiotics only treat bacterial infections. ...Read more

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I suffer from lupus, I frequently get bleeding stomach ulcers prednisone isn't affective what else might help.

I suffer from lupus, I frequently get bleeding stomach ulcers prednisone isn't affective what else might help.

See rheumatologist: The bleeding ulcer is not the usual presentation for lupus. In fact, prednisone may worsen it. You need to talk to your rheumatologist to make sure that the medications you are taking are not causing the ulcer and then a GI consult may be in order since this may have nothing to do with your lupus. ...Read more

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Does prednisone cause brusing?

Yes it is a side eff: Yes it is a side effect of prednisone.It is listed as easy bruising, which means a minimal trauma sometimes not even remembered or realized may cause bruising.It is as compared to spontaneous bruising. ...Read more

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Could prednisone cause burning tongue?

Could prednisone cause burning tongue?

No: There is no known cause of burning tongue, but from what is known.. Prednisone does not cause it. I would suggest seeing an oral medicine or orofacial pain specialist for treatment. ...Read more

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Could prednisone cause tendon weakness?

Yes it can: Historically, chronic steroid use including the use of Prednisone is implicated in tendon weakness and rupturesthis is seen more commonly w/injections of cortisone meds. In or around tendons..Check w/ a rheumatologist concerning the risks and side effects of chronic steroid use.Best of luck! ...Read more

Dr. Scott Bolhack
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Ulcer (Definition)

An ulcer is a discontinuity or a break in a body membrane that impedes the normal functioning of the organ of which that membrane is a part. Ulcers are further classified by their location. Ulcers are usually caused by infections, excessive acid production, stress, ...Read more


Ulceration (Definition)

An ulcer is a discontinuity or a break in a bodily membrane that impedes the organ of which that membrane is a part from continuing its normal functions. Ulcers are further classified by their location, for example; ...Read more