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Doctor insights on: Herbal Alternatives To Prednisone

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Where does prednisone come from? Is it naturally occuring so that some some herbal medicines could contain prednisone?

Where does prednisone come from? Is it naturally occuring so that some some herbal medicines could contain prednisone?

Man made: Prednisone is a man made drug to mimic the effects of steroids our body produce from from the adrenal glands. Prednisone is not a naturally occurring medication. Some supplements can be contaminated with substances that can mimic steroids so you need to be careful. ...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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What alternative meds are there for prednisone?

What alternative meds are there for prednisone?

Prednisone sub: In the steroid category, there is cortisone, hydrocortisone, decadron, and medrol. In the non-steroid category, there is ibuprofen, aleve, mobic, (meloxicam) naprosyn, celebrex. ...Read more

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What are some alternatives to prednisone for crohn's?

Many.: If in the small intestine, sulfasalazine. Colon: pentasa, proctofoam. Azothioprine, cyclosporine, the antibiotics ciprofloxine with or without metronidazole. Any finally most of the tnf-alpha inhibitors. Remicade, humira, cimzia, (certolizumab pegol) etc. I did not mention prednisone, or a poorly absorbed GI oral steroid. ...Read more

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Are there any alternatives to Prednisone for RA flare ups?

Are there any alternatives to Prednisone for RA flare ups?

RA: If you have confirmed diagnosis of RA, then you should be on disease modifying drugs as deemed necessary by your rheumatologist. These prevent flares and disabling changes in the joints. ...Read more

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What do you think about the use of methotrexate to treat sarcoidosis and what are the alternatives besides prednisone?

What do you think about the use of methotrexate to treat sarcoidosis and what are the alternatives besides prednisone?

Can be effective: Methotrexate can be effective for long term control of sarcoidosis symptoms. Complicated though, requires baseline labs and chest x-ray then regular monitoring of cbc, liver and kidney function. The care should be overseen by rheumatologist and pcm familiar with potential side effects and drug interactions. Much less $$ than other immunomodulating meds. Prednisone still required sometimes. ...Read more

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I stopped being able to smell at 13. Now I cannot smell anything unless I'm on prednisone for my asthma. Are there any alternatives?

I stopped being able to smell at 13. Now I cannot smell anything unless I'm on prednisone for my asthma. Are there any alternatives?

See an ENT: You may have chronic ethmoid sinusitis that can cause you to lose your sense of smell. It is a good sign that you regain your smell intermittently. See an ent, have a ct scan of the sinuses and discuss your options. ...Read more

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I have been diagnosed with bronchial asthma. It seems as though once the prednisone is gone. My problems return. Is there a legal alternative?

I have been diagnosed with bronchial asthma. It seems as though once the prednisone is gone. My problems return. Is there a legal alternative?

Legal alternative?: Not sure what you mean by legal alternative... If you have asthma and require Prednisone courses, then you probably need to be on inhaled maintenance and eliminate potential trigger. A lot more info is needed about your condition to give a proper opinion and advice. But given that your symptoms persist after completing a Prednisone course, I would recommend you seeing a pulmonologist. ...Read more

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I was prescribed prednisone 20mg for acute right maxillary sinusitis for 3 days. Is this safe to take or is there another alternative? I've heard terr

Maybe: You have 2 good choices: follow his/her advice OR get some other advice. Either way, you need a trained/competent provider personally you; if you don't like what you're hearing, get a 2nd opinion. You may find the providers agree outright OR you may find a preferred alternative. Try an ENT or OMFS. ...Read more

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Is there an alternative medication to open up the lungs and assist with breathing besides puffers and prednisone?

Is there an alternative medication to open up the lungs and assist with breathing besides puffers and prednisone?

DOC: Check with your doc.

There are many medications for opening up the lungs, such as ipra, atro, inhaled steroids, daliresp, (roflumilast) laba and so on. ...Read more

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My wife has been diagnosed with wegeners GPA. She is on prednisone and has been prescribed methotrexate. Are there any less toxic alternatives?

My wife has been diagnosed with wegeners GPA. She is on prednisone and has been prescribed methotrexate. Are there any less toxic alternatives?

GPA: First of all I wish your wife all the best with full remission of the disease and uneventful maintenance of the remission. The drugs she is on are just fine so long she is followed up regularly by her rheumatologist / primary doctor for adjustment and fine tuning. There are rather more toxic drugs than what she is currently on, good that she is responding to the current drug regimen, best wishes ...Read more

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I AM HYPOPITUITARY, I DO NOT PRODUCE CORTISONE. I HAVE TAKEN DELTASONE (prednisone) AND PREDNISONE FOR 21 YEARS. ARE THERE ANY ALTERNATIVE THERAPIES..

I AM HYPOPITUITARY, I DO NOT PRODUCE CORTISONE. I HAVE TAKEN DELTASONE (prednisone) AND PREDNISONE FOR 21 YEARS. ARE THERE ANY ALTERNATIVE THERAPIES..

Endocrinologist: For adrenal or pituitary gland insufficiency replacement therapy with cortisone and at times, thyroid and other medications are needed. These deficiencies all affect the way your body responds to stress and proper treatment is very important. An endocrinologist is best qualified to evaluate and treat you. ...Read more

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Is there a prednisone alternative for erythema induratum (nodular vasculitis)?

Is there a prednisone alternative for erythema induratum (nodular vasculitis)?

Look for a cause: The first issue is to make sure there is not an underlying cause such as hepatitis c or tuberculosis. ...Read more

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What is an alternative to prednisone for erythema induratum (nodular vasculitis)?

What is an alternative to prednisone for erythema induratum (nodular vasculitis)?

Watch out for TB: Nodular vasculitis can be difficult to treat, and there are alternatives to prednisone, like nsaids and cellcept (mycophenolate mofetil). One of the important things to realize is that this condition is sometimes associated with tuberculosis. If you are using Prednisone (an immunosupressant) you want to make sure you don't have an infection causing your problem. See your dermatologist for a thorough evaluation. ...Read more

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Had allergic reaction to brand name plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine). Is there a good alternative? Also on prednisone but I think its giving me thrush. Advice for sle?

Ask your doctor: Lupus is an incredibly complicated disease. Given the medicines you are on you obviously have a rheumatologist. These really are questions for your doctor. Given the complexity of the disease, if you don't feel like you are getting good answers to your questions from your doctor you should find a rheumatologist in your area the specializes in lupus and get another opinion. ...Read more

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An Allergist is the one giving me the Xolair shots and is watching my prednisone intake. A dermatologist did a biopsy that was inconclusive, and sent me to the allergist. I am just looking for alternative treatments?

An Allergist is the one giving me the Xolair shots and is watching my prednisone intake. A dermatologist did a biopsy that was inconclusive, and sent me to the allergist. I am just looking for alternative treatments?

For?: I am guessing you have chronic hives, but it sounds like a virtual consult would be most appropriate. A physician practiced in treating refractory hives would need to know more about the duration, frequency/severity, co-existing symptoms, triggers, work-up to date and medications tried before offering an opinion on potential alternatives. Good luck to you, this is a frustrating scenario. ...Read more

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I have sle. Prednisone helped, but plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) makes me throw up. Doc wants to try methotrexate, but I heard that's chemo. Any safe alternatives?

Possibly: Methotrexate is used to decrease your immune response like prednisone. They do it different ways, but they all have risks. If the mtx works for you, you should use it. There are other choices, but they can also have serious side effects. Your doctor knows best. ...Read more

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What does prednisone do?

What does prednisone do?

Stress hormone: Your body makes a stress hormone very similar to Prednisone every day. A short course (5-7days) is often used to assist your hormone response as an anti-inflammatory to avoid prolonged symptoms. Prolonged use can suppress the immune system & should be avoided. Antihistamines can be beneficial if the issue is histamine based but will replicate all the benefits of the steroid. ...Read more

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How does prednisone work?

See details: Prednisone works by suppressing the immune system. By doing this it stabilizes the immune system if it is overactive. It also works as an anti-inflammatory. ...Read more

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What time to take prednisone?

Morning: Prednisone can affect your sleep, so best to take in the morning. Also, taking it in the morning will best mimick what the body's own production of steroid is like. ...Read more

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Is prednisone safe in general?

Is prednisone safe in general?

Yes and no: There are always side effects that need to be monitored. It is a valuable medication and has saved and kept alive many people. A lot of its toxicity is due to long term use. Your physician will guide you as to the side effects and how you should approach them and how to prevent the side effects. ...Read more

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Is expired prednisone still good?

Is expired prednisone still good?

Expired meds: It depends a lot on how long ago it expired. The expiry dates of medications are generally conservative figures chosen in order to work in worst-case scenarios. As long as the meds are not too terribly long out of date, were stored under recommended conditions and are not being used to treat critical or time-sensitive conditions, it is not unreasonable to try them. ...Read more

Dr. John Feola
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Liquid Pred (Definition)

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Dr. Milton Alvis, jr
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Deltasone (Definition)

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