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Flu While Taking Prednisone
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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?
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
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