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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?

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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2 y/o has flu and reactive airway disease. Currently taking Tamaflu/prednisone/albuterol treatments. Cough is worse after treatments-barking. Normal??

2 y/o has flu and reactive airway disease. Currently taking Tamaflu/prednisone/albuterol treatments. Cough is worse after treatments-barking. Normal??

Yes it can be: The barky cough may represent a croup cough with wheezing in your son's spectrum of illness. The prednisone should help it out! Hydrate, take lots of steamy baths.showers and plug away with the nebulizer treatment. Consider Saline nasal spary for his nose. ...Read more

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3 wks flu. 1st doc: klacid (5 days) and prednisone (3 days). No better. 2nd doc: zinnat (5 days) , prednisone (12 days). Finished but still sick. Help?

3 wks flu. 1st doc: klacid (5 days) and prednisone (3 days). No better. 2nd doc: zinnat (5 days) , prednisone (12 days). Finished but still sick. Help?

Symptomatic care: Sounds like you have a viral infection. At this point there is no medication that will get ridbof the virus, your body needs to fight it off. You can help be drinking lots of fluids, getting enough sleep and eating well. You can use ibuprofen for discomfort and to reduce fever. ...Read more

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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

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Asthmatic, getting over flu-like illness. When can I exercise? Occasional cough, sinus drainage, on prednisone. Six days since onset.

Asthmatic, getting over flu-like illness. When can I exercise? Occasional cough, sinus drainage, on prednisone. Six days since onset.

As soon: As you have your breathing under control and fevers are over for at least 24 hours. Begin less vigorously and for shorter than usual and build back up over a couple weeks. Activity as tolerated is recommended during recovery especially as it promotes mental and physical health. ...Read more

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Could 2 consecutive doses of prednisone (for poison ivy - got it twice) and having a fever from flu cause sperm count to be lower?

Could 2 consecutive doses of prednisone (for poison ivy - got it twice) and having a fever from flu cause sperm count to be lower?

Not so simple: Maybe fever or prednisone will reduce sperm count a little. But prednisone is also used to enhance fertility in case of anti-sperm antibodies. For treatment of ivy allergy, topical therapy with potent creams is preferred. If oral prednisone is needed, 2 or 3 doses, never 2 days in a row, entire dose in AM, is most effective. ...Read more

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I have the flu, dry cough, minimal wheezing. The doctor wants me to take prednisone. If prednisone lowers immune system, isn't it a bad idea to take ?

I have the flu, dry cough, minimal wheezing.  The doctor wants me to take prednisone. If prednisone lowers immune system, isn't it a bad idea to take ?

Balance: There are always risks and benefits to medications. Did your doctor exaplain why s/he wants you to take it? If you have a history of asthma, it may have been to prevent you from tipping into a full attack. Call your doctor or go for another visit to talk about it. If you don't get the answers you feel like you need, consider another doctor since educating you is part of our job! ...Read more

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