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How much calcium does someone taking 40 mg of prednisone a day probably need?

How much calcium does someone taking 40 mg of prednisone a day probably need?

It depends: In general, it depends on your health issues, especially your kidney function. Ask your doctor. If ok would take 1200-1500 mg of calcium daily divided into 2 doses. Also take 800 iu vitamin d daily. Ask your doctor about checking your bone density and 25 hydroxy- vitamin d level. ...Read more

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How much calcium does someone taking prednisone need?

How much calcium does someone taking prednisone need?

1.2-1.5 grams daily: No evidence saying taking more is more beneficial, even while taking prednisone. ...Read more

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56 yr old woman taking 5mg prednisone ever day for 30 yrs.Need to take calcium w/vitamind. What brand do you recommend .

56 yr old woman taking 5mg prednisone ever day for 30 yrs.Need to take calcium w/vitamind.  What brand do you recommend .

No specific brand: Definitely calcium supplementation is needed together with vitamin d, that's to supplement daily requirements, higher doses might be needed depending on other tests / bone densitometry, suggest an evaluation by primary md / endocrinologist. ...Read more

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If taking prednisone, how much calcium supplementation do you need?

If taking prednisone, how much calcium supplementation do you need?

Depends on diet: Your personal needs for calcium supplementation depends on how much calcium you are getting in your diet. Vitamin d is needed to absorb calcium so you need to make sure you are not vitamin d deficient. Prednisone taken for more than 8 weeks has been shown to contribute to bone density loss. See your doctor and ask if he/she would recommend getting a DEXA scan and vitamin d levels checked. ...Read more

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Okay to take prednisone same time as calcium supplement?

Okay to take prednisone same time as calcium supplement?

Yes can take: It ihas been concluded that prednison ldp has a negative eff?ects on bone metabolism, since bone formation decrease while bone resorption remained-- unchanged or decreased slightly. The increase in PTH during ldp could be prevented by Calcitriol combined with calcium supplementation. ...Read more

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What amounts of calcium and vit d supplements are appropriate for 46 yr. Old female, inflammatory rheum. Disease & have been on oral prednisone 2.5 yr?

What amounts of calcium and vit d supplements are appropriate for 46 yr. Old female, inflammatory rheum. Disease & have been on oral prednisone 2.5 yr?

Easy to do!: You should take more calcium if you do not take much vitamin -d3, but there is a happy median: take orally 600mg of calcium, if your drink milk or eat chees and yogurt with regularity; take 1200 mg if you do not. Vitamin d3 intake should at least be 2000iy/day. But i take 5000iu weekdays. Vitamin d3 is cancer and heart disease protective, and both protect the colon! ...Read more

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Lung Xray noted slight calcium on Aortic Arch. Been off prednisone 8 days for respiratory infection.Still having night sweats.Should I be concerned.

Lung Xray noted slight calcium on Aortic Arch. Been off prednisone 8 days for respiratory infection.Still having night sweats.Should I be concerned.

Explanation : Calcification of aortic arch independent finding on chest XRay and not causing the night sweats. But nor completely resolved respiratory infection can. Most likely you need more time for recovering. Be well. ...Read more

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Can I try 3-4 TUMS (calcium carbonate) for severe leg cramps while on Prednisone? I do take multivitamin & a Magnesium, Zinc, Calcium supplement. Have OA. Any harm?

Can I try 3-4 TUMS (calcium carbonate) for severe leg cramps while on Prednisone?  I do take multivitamin & a Magnesium, Zinc, Calcium supplement.  Have OA. Any harm?

Possibly: TUMs (calcium carbonate) may affect the absorption of other medications. Also if they have calcium in them you do not want to go above 1,500 mg of calcium a day because of the risk of kidney stones. Also you said you have OA and we typically do not use Prednisone for that condition. Please make certain of your diagnosis ...Read more

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Is 40 MG of prednisone a day common for polymyalgia rheumatica. I'm also on antidepressant medication for major depression. I've been crying alot.

Is 40 MG of prednisone a day common for polymyalgia rheumatica. I'm also on antidepressant medication for major depression. I've been crying alot.

High dosage!: If you trust the Dr. discuss reasons and learn prognosis. If not - seek 2nd opinion! Read this link: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/polymyalgia-rheumatica/basics/treatment/con-20023162 Work w/ therapist to improve mgmt of depression or again, find a more helpful one. These are hard to deal with - you want the best pros for you! ...Read more

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I have severe RA and take 10-20 mg of prednisone a day.im 26 and scheduled to get Mirena (levonorgestrel) inserted next week. Can I continue taking pred while on M?

I have severe RA and take 10-20 mg of prednisone a day.im 26 and scheduled to get Mirena (levonorgestrel) inserted next week. Can I continue taking pred while on M?

No reported problems: But.... ALWAYS make it a practice to advise ALL of the health professionals you see of ALL the medications you take in detail.Include OTC too. It's just a smart thing to do .Then, if a problem arises, knowledge is availabe. It's probably ok, but make sure. I hope you do well! ...Read more

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I have lupus, after a biopsy found out I have lichenoid dermatitis. I take 20 mg of prednisone a day but it doesn't seem to be helping. Help.?

I have lupus, after a biopsy found out I have lichenoid dermatitis.  I take 20 mg of prednisone a day but it doesn't seem to be helping. Help.?

See your doctor: You should discuss your concerns with your doctor. Lupus is a serious disease and treatment can be complicated. That being said, your doctor may increase the prednisone. ...Read more

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Hi, I was diagnosed with systemic Lupus in 2011. I began plaquenil 200 MG a day and now am on 12.5 MG of Prednisone a day. I want to wean off plaquenil and wonder how to begin and if there is intense withdrawal known to happen. As in with the prednisone t

Work with your doc: Please don't do this without medical supervision! There is no withdrawal from Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) but your SLE could flare. Also, it's generally preferable to taper prednisone first. Your doctor can guide you through this - you're not on your own. Take advantage of his/her expertise, experience, and judgement. ...Read more

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I'm on my second day of 40 mg of prednisone because of cat allergies . My leg muscles burn when I climb stairs today. Is this normal?

I'm on my second day of 40 mg of prednisone because of cat allergies . My leg muscles burn when I climb stairs today. Is this normal?

Overkill: Some people developed muscle weakness from high-dose prednisone which may be further aggravated by the effect of prednisone in reducing blood potassium level. If the weakness leading to muscle spasm, that's a possibility. Having said that, burning muscle is not an expected side effect from Prednisone. Taking prednisone for cat allergy is an overkill and thus an allergy consult may be worthwhile. ...Read more

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