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Dr tapering me off prednisone slowly after just finishing flu. Seizure started a few days ago. Can this be symptoms of withdrawal? Also have headache

Dr tapering me off prednisone slowly after just finishing flu. Seizure started a few days ago. Can this be symptoms of withdrawal? Also have headache

Well: Generally stopping prednisone does not cause a seizure. The seizure is an emergency someone who has this should call 911. The seizure requires consult with the primary care doctor or neurologist in person seek immediate medical attention. ...Read more

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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Had to stop prednisone after 3 days because of suicide ideation and focal seizures. Will stopping this suddenly like I did cause headaches. BP 130/90?

Had to stop prednisone after 3 days because of suicide ideation and focal seizures. Will stopping this suddenly like I did cause headaches. BP 130/90?

NO: Prednisone raises the blood pressure and can cause headaches. You will see these symptoms improve after a day or so. The things you can expect from suddenly stopping are: worsening of the condition for which you were prescribed prednisone, weakness, fatigue, body aches, joint pain, nausea. After only 3 days these withdrawal symptoms will be less severe but you should be sure to let your doctorknow about your decision ...Read more

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I've been on prednisone taper but had to increase dose due to withdrawal symptoms. At higher does symptoms are re-occurring. Cause for concern?

I've been on prednisone taper but had to increase dose due to withdrawal symptoms. At higher does symptoms are re-occurring. Cause for concern?

Yes: Regardless of the reason you were taking Prednisone in the first place, chronic use of Prednisone is not recommended as it is known to cause glaucoma, insomnia, low bone density to only name a few things. Taper slowly if you need, but taper off the steroids over time. The longer you have been on it, the slower the taper needs to be. ...Read more

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Does stopping prednisone after a dose of 40 mg daily for ten days cause tinnitus an a withdrawal effect?

Does stopping prednisone after a dose of 40 mg daily for ten days cause tinnitus an a withdrawal effect?

Not familiar: With tinnitus as a complaint after cessation of Prednisone but there can certainly be some "withdrawal" symptoms such as malaise (occasionally severe and of long duration), and anorexia. Even though it is not absolutely necessary, I always prefer to taper the dose over a period of 10-14 days after using the drug at 40mg or higher. Symptoms should dissipate soon. ...Read more

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Can steroid (prednisone) withdrawal cause severe headaches?

Can steroid (prednisone) withdrawal cause severe headaches?

Yes, but: Stopping steroids abruptly can cause headache, aching, fatigue, & feeling of weariness. More likely if you have been on steroids for over 2 weeks. Check with your doctor to see if you should be tapered more slowly off the steroids to avoid these symptoms. But, if this headache feels different than any other previous experiences; or note confusion, weakness or worst headache of your life--go to er. ...Read more

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Can methadone withdrawals cause seizures?

Can methadone withdrawals cause seizures?

Yes: Methadone like all narcotics cause changes in the neurotransmitters in the brain and also can cause damage to the brain that reflects itself as seizures or other type of adverse brain function. They are also reuptake inhibitors that reduce the levels of neurotransmitters in the brain. Need to rebuild the neurotransmitters.
www. Neuroscisncemyths. Com for info and find a doctor to help/. ...Read more

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I was on 5mg of diazepam I've been off completly for 5 days today and been anxious and insomniac. Could this dose withdrawal cause death or seizure?

I was on 5mg of diazepam I've been off completly for 5 days today and been anxious and insomniac. Could this dose withdrawal cause death or seizure?

Mild withdrawal: You can certainly have mild withdrawal symptoms from valium 5mg, if you had been taking it regularly. It's long-acting -- meaning it will take longer to completely eliminate from your body than other, shorter-acting benzos would take. Withdrawal symptoms start later & may last longer too. Seizures & death are not likely from this dose, though. Be safe -- tell your doctor about this. ...Read more

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I'm in withdrawal for keppra (levetiracetam) and get waves threw my body that cause me to feel nervous and nauseous I thinks it's an aura but never have a seizure?

I'm in withdrawal for keppra (levetiracetam) and get waves threw my body that cause me to feel nervous and nauseous I thinks it's an aura but never have a seizure?

Speak with doctor: Stopping a seizure medicine quickly can cause a seizure, which can injure yourself and others if you are driving a car at the time. Speak to your doctor about safely stopping the medicine or getting a refill. ...Read more

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Can oxycodone withdrawal cause seizures?

Can oxycodone withdrawal cause seizures?

Drug withdrawal: Yes, withdrawal from any narcotic drug can cause seizure. Many factors are at play. Consult addiction psychiatrist. They know how to do it safely or go to emergency room. ...Read more

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Will taking 1mg xanax everyday and then stopping it cause me withdrawal seizures? I need to come off them to start my sleep med

Will taking 1mg xanax everyday and then stopping it cause me withdrawal seizures? I need to come off them to start my sleep med

DEPENDS: If you took 1 pill there is no withdrawal. If you took it daily for 2 weeks then there may be withdrawal. ...Read more

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Can alcohol intoxication (not withdrawal) cause convulsions and or seizures and lower the seizure threshold?

Can alcohol intoxication (not withdrawal) cause convulsions and or seizures and lower the seizure threshold?

Get this addressed: Agree with dr killian, as risk definitely present.
Bigger issue by far is not provocation of convulsions, but rather why are seizures present, and what will be eventual outcome of alcohol abuse. You see, alcoholics do suffer head injuries, with post-traumatic szs. If you or a close relationship is the subject, contact alcoholics anonymous asap. ...Read more

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I take Valium 30mg daily, cut off cold turkey from my Ambien (zolpidem) 20mg taken for yrs. Has caused me bad withdrawal symptoms, but am I safe from seizures?

I take Valium 30mg daily, cut off cold turkey from my Ambien (zolpidem) 20mg taken for yrs. Has caused me bad withdrawal symptoms, but am I safe from seizures?

If still taking Vali: Withdrawal from Ambien (zolpidem) can be difficult but seizures would be very unlikely. Valium is an excellent drug to avoid seizure activity. ...Read more

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I have been on xanax (alprazolam) (0.5mg dialy) for the past 8 weeks for my panic disorder. Is it a high dose? Can it cause withdrawal effects like seizure to me?

I have been on xanax (alprazolam) (0.5mg dialy) for the past 8 weeks for my panic disorder. Is it a high dose? Can it cause withdrawal effects like seizure to me?

Drug induced Seizure: Xanax (alprazolam) is very addictive and you can get dependent on it very quickly, need higher doses. Eight weeks is a long time and withdrawal can cause unwanted responses. Stopping xanax (alprazolam) abruptly can cause a seizure. ...Read more

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Can wellbutrin (bupropion) cause seizures during alcohol withdrawal?

Can wellbutrin (bupropion) cause seizures during alcohol withdrawal?

Quite possibly...: Welbutrin lowers the seizure threshold, so does alcohol withdrawal. So doing both at the same time will increase the risk of having a seizure. Please consult your medical provider. ...Read more

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Could withdrawl from weed cause seizures?

Could withdrawl from weed cause seizures?

Not usually: Would be rare for marijuana to do this, but where you live, lots of additives found in grass sold on the street. You might have a seizure from variety of other causes, and this does necessitate a visit to a neurologist to confirm etiology and prevent further spells. ...Read more

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Had been Prednisone for 14 days. Started at 20mg/day, increased to 40mg/day then stopped cold. Now having night sweats. Is it a withdrawal symptom?

Had been Prednisone for 14 days. Started at 20mg/day, increased to 40mg/day then stopped cold. Now having night sweats. Is it a withdrawal symptom?

No: A short course of prednisone should still be tapered, though the danger is little. The night sweats aren't withdrawal. You need proper medical workup including having your heart checked -- it would be a shame to miss endocarditis -- and a search for other causes. ...Read more

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On prednisone x1yr. Now on 4mg. Normally take at 6am in morning but can't take until 3pm due to ACTH test. Might I run into withdrawal symptoms that day?

On prednisone x1yr. Now on 4mg. Normally take at 6am in morning but can't take until 3pm due to ACTH test. Might I run into withdrawal symptoms that day?

ACTH: I don't understand the 3 pm timing but no harm from that. I really doubt that waiting till 3 will affect you but if it does cancel your appointment and take your medicine. Then call your doctor and explained wby. ...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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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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3 days of 1000mg prednisone for MS relapse. How long to withdrawal entirely? Never a party lol but cant remember the time frame.

3 days of 1000mg prednisone for MS relapse. How long to withdrawal entirely? Never a party lol but cant remember the time frame.

Are you certain you: Are taking 1000mg? That seems excessive. Also, any time a physician prescribes a high dose (even 100mg/day would be in that range), the tapering instructions come with it. You should have been dispensed the correct quantity to follow a prescribed taper. Best wishes. Dr. Anne ...Read more

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1000 mg prednisone for 3 days for ms. (Yes correct dosage.) No taper. How long to withdrawal fully from medicine. Experiencing nausea and other effect?

The GI: Symptoms (Nausea) are common with high doses of Prednisone but this "side effect" is usually very TRANSIENT. If your liver/kidney function is normal the "half life " of Prednisone is aroun 3-4 HOURS!!
Hope this is helpful
Good luck/BE WELL

Dr Z ...Read more

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I just got off 5 days of prednisone 20mg no taper off and I'm experiencing withdrawals what can I do?

Withdrawal: It is very unusual to get withdrawal on a five day course of steroids. I suggest you do nothing and just wait it out as it should rapidly disappear ...Read more

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Is it possible to feel symptoms return (or withdrawal) in a 1/2 mg taper from 5.5 mg to 5 mg after several days? I've been on prednisone for 1 yr?

Is it possible to feel symptoms return (or withdrawal) in a 1/2 mg taper from 5.5 mg to 5 mg after several days? I've been on prednisone for 1 yr?

Withdrawal: After being on prednisone for a year it is very difficult to come off of the steroid without experiencing withdrawal pains of some sort ...Read more

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What are the most obvious symptoms of prednisone withdrawal and how long do they last?

What are the most obvious symptoms of prednisone withdrawal and how long do they last?

Depends: May depend on the dosage used and the duration of treatment. Stopping abruptly after a long course and high dosage can be a disaster causing life threatening results. More modest dosage may lead to joint pain when the anti-inflamatory effect of the Prednisone is removed. ...Read more

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Hi, I was diagnosed with systemic Lupus in 2011. I began plaquenil 200 MG a day and now am on 12.5 MG of Prednisone a day. I want to wean off plaquenil and wonder how to begin and if there is intense withdrawal known to happen. As in with the prednisone t

Work with your doc: Please don't do this without medical supervision! There is no withdrawal from Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) but your SLE could flare. Also, it's generally preferable to taper prednisone first. Your doctor can guide you through this - you're not on your own. Take advantage of his/her expertise, experience, and judgement. ...Read more

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Coming off of prednisone, now on 10mg. I get heart palp and I'm itchy, but where I scratch, welts up and red. Is this pred withdrawal. Is it common?

Recurrence: It is just the disease itself which was temporarily masked by taking the prednisone. Consider seeing an allergist or dermatologist. Yes, this is common since Prednisone does not eliminate the cause. ...Read more

Dr. William Singer
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Seizure Disorder (Definition)

Seizure disorder also known as epilepsy, is a neurological condition in which the brain's abnormal electrical activity causes muscular convulsions and altered mental states. Epilepsy is diagnosed when an individual has ...Read more


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Liquid Pred (Definition)

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