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How To Counteract Prednisone Weight Gain
Not really: Seek alternative healing mdalities to help your problem. Once your condition is controlled or completely relieved you will be able to be weaned off the cortisone. You need the advise and guidance of a doctor comfortable with both conventional and alternative medicine for your ailment. American association for integrative holistic medicine is a good source for that. ...Read more
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
Being treated for ulcerative colitis w. 40mg prednisone for 6 wks. Beneficial & safe to use phentermine alongside to counteract weight gain?
Not suggested: The side effect profile of phentermine matches some of the side effect profile of the steroid and therefore I would not suggest taking them concomitantly. Specifically, cardiovascular, gi and neuropsychiatric systems would be affected. Once you are switched to maintenance therapy Phentermine will be safer. ...Read more
No real guarantees: When it comes to adverse reactions. Weight gain on prednisone will depend on your dose and how long you need to take the medication. Many short courses of prednisone like you see with severe poison ivy or an acute flare of gout lead to no appreciable weight gain. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Been on prednisone 5 mg x 3 months.No weight gain.Now on 20mg x 5days, 15 mg x 5, 10mg x5 and 5mg x 5.Watching what i eat.Can i avoid all weight gain?
Minimal side effects: This is quite a small dose to cause any side efects. ...Read more
Depends : It depends on much steroid you take and for how long. Even high doses taken for short periods produce less weight gain than more modest doses taken over a long time. If you do gain weight, some of to is due to the steroid itself (not your fault) but some it can be due to increased hunger and eating (in your control). ...Read more
I'll be on oral prednisone for 12 days for an MS relapse. Is there anything i can do to control the weight gain side effect?
YES: First, recognize the need to keep low salt intake, with some supplementation of potassium. Second, fluid retention mostly "water weight", and a mild diuretic such as hydrochlorothiazide is useful. Third, if you take all your dose once daily, side effects may be lower, and med still works fine. Am i missing something? You do not list a specific ms drug! if no dmt on board, get this started. ...Read more
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