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Can you have a flu shot while taking prednisone?

Can you have a flu shot while taking prednisone?

Yes you can: Yes you can there is no contraindication to it. ...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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Will i get protection from the flu if on 5 mg prednisone daily?

Will i get protection from the flu if on 5 mg prednisone daily?

No.: Prednisone will not protect you from the flu. 5 mg of Prednisone daily will not interfere with the flu vaccine. ...Read more

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Is it possible for you to take an antiviral for flu and prednisone?

Is it possible for you to take an antiviral for flu and prednisone?

DEPENDS,: When flu or influenza is diagnosed, antiviral medication needs to be started within 24 to 48 hours to have good response. If you have to continue Prednisone for an important reason, talk to your doctor. S/he is the best person to answer this. ...Read more

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How long after stopping prednisone can I get a flu shot?

How long after stopping prednisone can I get a flu shot?

Can get it any time: You can get it anytime.Flu vaccine is a killed virus and there is no contraindication to getting flu shot when taking prednisone. ...Read more

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Could prednisone be taken after flu vaccine?

Could prednisone be taken after flu vaccine?

Wait a week: If possible, it is best to wait one week between the flu shot and taking prednisone. Taking it earlier can suppress the immune system and make the vaccine less effective. ...Read more

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Could taking prednisone for my cough affect my getting over the flu by depressing my immune system?

Yes and no: This is always a balancing act. Yes, high doses of Prednisone can decrease the responsiveness of your immune system, but the sleep disruption from a severe cough can be just as immunosuppressive. Particularly if you have asthma, it is helpful to take steroids to treat the cough; once you're able to get a full night's rest for a few days, you'll be able to fight off the virus despite the prednisone. ...Read more

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What do I when I have the flu and im taking prednisone what else can I take to speed up the healing process?

See below: Prednisone is not used to treat the flu, but if you are already on it for awhile, you can't stop just because you have the flu. If you are early into the course of the flu, you could take tamiflu (oseltamivir) which would need to be prescribed by your doctor. Zinc lozenges early in the course may shorten symptoms by a day. ...Read more

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I am suppose to start taking prednisone for 10 days for chronic sinus infections. Im getting a flu shot tomorrow. how long should I wait to take it?

I am suppose to start taking prednisone for 10 days for chronic sinus infections. Im getting a flu shot tomorrow. how long should I wait to take it?

Take them now: You can safely take them both. Especially if you have had no issues with either the flu shot or prednisone. If you have bad sinusitis symptoms, use nasal treatments and saline as possible. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Flu (Definition)

The flu, otherwise known as influenza, is a viral infection of the nose and throat. Symptoms of influenza include fever, chills, runny nose, muscle aches, fatigue, malaise, headaches, and coughing. Children with the flu often have nausea and vomiting as well. Some strains of the flu are preventable by getting a yearly flu ...Read more


Dr. John Feola
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Liquid Pred (Definition)

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