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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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I'm taking 5mg prednisone. How long before do I need to stop that before trying to conceive?

I'm taking 5mg prednisone. How long before do I need to stop that  before trying to conceive?

Depends: There are many reasons to be on Prednisone, and some of them may require Prednisone for optimal control of your condition. The best way to coordinate an answer specific to you is to ask your ObGyn and the person prescribing your Prednisone to discuss the best time for you. Good luck!! ...Read more

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If I have local swelling, how long will it take for prednisone to start working, if at all? Prescribed 60mg/daily for 12 days.

If I have local swelling, how long will it take for prednisone to start working, if at all? Prescribed 60mg/daily for 12 days.

Depends on cause: and diagnosis. If your question is that you have been taking Prednisone 60 mg for 12 days and still have swelling, I would have your doc re-evaluate you. If you have not started, then at 60 mg Prednisone IF it is going to work at all - should work relatively quickly- 1-2 days. Note you should probably taper OFF Prednisone at that dose for that long. ...Read more

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How long until prednisone leaves system and stops blood sugar rise?

How long until prednisone leaves system and stops blood sugar rise?

Maybe several weeks: If you were on Prednisone for a temporary condition, and have now been weaned off, it could take several weeks for sugars to return to baseline. However this depends on how high a dose and for how long. ...Read more

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What do they do next when prednisone stops working for asthma flare-ups?

What do they do next when prednisone stops working for asthma flare-ups?

Shd not depend on it: Asthma tts have gotten very good and in most cases there are excellent inhalers that if used regularly control asthma very well .In this case you should see a pulmonary specialist.besides repeated courses of steroids can have many serious side effects. ...Read more

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How long does it take for prednisone take to start working for a sinus infection?

How long does it take for prednisone take to start working for a sinus infection?

Very quickly: Prednisone works very quickly, often giving significant relief of pain and pressure within a few hours. Just make sure to take your antibiotic course as prescribed along with the prednisone. ...Read more

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How long until prednisone and z-pack stark working for a sinus infection & I start feeling better. It's been 3 weeks I've been sick. Just got medicine?

How long until prednisone and z-pack stark working for a sinus infection & I start feeling better. It's been 3 weeks I've been sick. Just got medicine?

A few days: Both should make you feel somewhat improved within 3 days. Be sure to take the full course of therapy for both the prednisone and the z-pack. So long as you are improved I would hold off on any other therapy, such as another antibiotic after the z-pack, for at least 10 days. The z-pack continues to work for another 5 days after you are finished. ...Read more

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My question is in regards to my acne. I was prescribed cephalexin & prednisone, how long does it take for the medicine to start working? The first few days i broke out ALOT even in my forehead (my problem was only in my jawline/cheeks).

My question is in regards to my acne. I was prescribed cephalexin & prednisone, how long does it take for the medicine to start working? The first few days i broke out ALOT even in my forehead (my problem was only in my jawline/cheeks).

Acne????: You are not describing a treatment for acne. Ask the Dr what is the diagnosis. Probably you need a dermatologist. Is is unusual and often inappropriate to use both prednisone and cephalosporin at the same time. ...Read more

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Is it possible to stop taking prednisone for a while?

Is it possible to stop taking prednisone for a while?

Possibly: It depends on why you are on it and how long that you have been on prednisone. If you have been on it a while, it has to be slowly tapered off. The speed of the taper is very individualized as every patient is different. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what happens if i abruptly stop taking prednisone?

Could: If you have been on Prednisone for a long time, you could precipitate adrenal insufficiency. Talk to your before abruptly stopping any medication. ...Read more

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Could I decrease recovery time after working out by taking prednisone?

Could I decrease recovery time after working out by taking prednisone?

No.: Corticosteroids are catabolic drugs, which means they enhance tissue breakdown. Your pain might be eased, but you would be doing yourself harm for your exercise goals for whatever sporting activities you engage in. ...Read more

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How long does it take for your body to recover from taking prednisone for 4 weeks?

How long does it take for your body to recover from taking prednisone for 4 weeks?

Prednisone : You did not mention the dose you were taking or if your Prednisone was tapered gradually before finally being discontinued. If it was gradually tapered as is recommended, your metabolic recovery should be complete within about a week after the last dose. ...Read more

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How long of a risk is if I am taking six spills of 10 mg of prednisone daily for a month now?

High CPK : 60 mg of Prednisone daily is a high dose steroid therapy for a month . Such doses are common in many diseases to control severe inflammations . Since only additional information is high CPK it is possible high dose Prednisone is being given to control inflammatory muscle ( auto immune) disease. Risk -benefits for such high dose therapy is solely dependent upon the severity of the disease. ...Read more

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How long does it take for side affects from taking prednisone to wear off, blurrd vision ect.

Depends: Prednisone causes a focusing instability most prominent when the dosage is either increasing or decreasing. At steady state or if out of your system, it take generally two months to stabilize. If the blurred vision is from long term use with cataract formation, then the blur will remain until they are surgically removed. ...Read more

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What happens if you abruptly stop taking prednisone after being on 40mg for a year? Can you die?

Wean off: Slowly. Though not a overly high dose. Still want to wean slowly off. 30 mg day for week -10 days. Then 20. Etc. could even do it slower. It could cause adrenal gland to not work properly. Cause extreme fatigue. Jt pains body aches. To name. Few. Call your doctor to set up weaning protocol. ...Read more

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If i stop taking allipurinol while taking prednisone will my pain come back when resumed?

If your taking: The medication to prevent gout, then if you stop the allopurinol, you certainly can get a gout attack while you take yourself off the medication. ...Read more

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How soon will i start to loose weight after i stop taking prednisone?

How soon will i start to loose weight after i stop taking prednisone?

Shortly: Severaal weeks. Remember that steroids made you hungry and eat more. You will have to increase your exercise and eat less. Yes you will lose the weight but you will have to work at it. ...Read more

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Started taking alopuranol 6weeks ago have had 5lair ups of gout since then when will this stop take prednisone to deal with pain?

Started taking alopuranol 6weeks ago have had 5lair ups of gout since then when will this stop take prednisone to deal with pain?

Gout: You will also need diet modification and avoiding alcohol. If increased flare ups continue your doctor may add a urocsuric drug. ...Read more

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After taking prednisone, how long does it take for levels of IgA to be clear of the suppressant effects of the drug on the IgA levels?

After taking prednisone, how long does it take for levels of IgA to be clear of the suppressant effects of the drug on the IgA levels?

No effect: I am not aware of any steroid effect on IgA level although it may reduce IgG level somewhat on some people after prolonged high-dose prednisone exposure. ...Read more

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I have been on 5 mg prednisone for 3 months. I've been told to stop taking it for 24 hours for a test, what might i expect (bad side effects?)

Not enough info: To answer this question one would have to know why you are taking Prednisone in the first place. That said, it is likely there would be no problems stopping such a low dose for 24 hours. ...Read more

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I'm taking 5mg prednisone on and off, i did not know that it has side effects if i stop, i'm not taking it for 5 days now, should I take it again?

Many issues: There are a lot of issues we need to know to answer that question. Why you taking it? Sometimes Prednisone is given intermittently. Sometimes people need to slowly tsper it especially if they been on it a long time. The fact that you have been off it without a problem may mesn you don't need to take it anymore. ...Read more

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How long do your glucose levels stay up after taking prednisone?

How long do your glucose levels stay up after taking prednisone?

It Depends: It could take a few weeks for the steroid effect to really wear off, but if your blood sugar is elevated please makes sure your doctor is following it. Some people may require Insulin when taking steroids. ...Read more

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How long would one use prednisone?

It depends: It depends on the reason it was prescribed in the first place. As a rule use Prednisone in as low a dose as possible for the least amount of time as possible. ...Read more

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