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Is prednisone a safe drug to take for a viral lung infection?

Is prednisone a safe drug to take for a viral lung infection?

No: Prednisone is not known to be effective in viral infections of the lung and should not be taken without consultation with a physician. ...Read more

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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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Is prednisone for viral or bacterial lung infection?

For none: Prednisone is not for any type of infection; in fact it can increase the risk and severity of infection. ...Read more

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For what kind of lung infection do doctors perscribe prednisone, levequine, and hycodan (hydrocodone)?

For what kind of lung infection do doctors perscribe prednisone, levequine, and hycodan (hydrocodone)?

Many: Prednisone is a steroid. It is prescribed to reduce inflamation. Hycodan is a cough suppressant, prescribed to control cough. Levaquin (levofloxacin) is an antibiotic, used to kill infections. Prednisone and Levaquin (levofloxacin) are used in the lungs, but elsewhere too. Hycodan is just for cough. ...Read more

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What lung infection would make doctors prescribe prednisone, levequine, and hycodan (hydrocodone)?

What lung infection would make doctors prescribe prednisone, levequine, and hycodan (hydrocodone)?

Pneumonia: A severe bronchitis, an asthmatic bronchitis or a pneumonia might be an indication for the drugs you have listed. The Prednisone would help with the inflammatory reaction causing wheezing and shortness of air, the Levaquin (levofloxacin) is an antibiotic and the Hycodan is to help alleviate the coughing. ...Read more

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Lung infection prednisone my wife has bee n on prednisone for over a year now every time here prescription runs out she goes into breathing distress .

Respiratory Distress: It appears that your wife has a severe upper respiratory inflammation which is only suppressed by systemic administration of corticosteroids. Check with pulmonologist to see if some other form of anti-inflammatory therapy could be administered or at least added to her current steroid regimen. ...Read more

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I have a lung infection on meds, prednisone, flovent, ventolin, biaxin (clarithromycin) and nasonex. I have had violent coughs for 3 days my entire back and ribs hurt.

I have a lung infection on meds, prednisone, flovent, ventolin, biaxin (clarithromycin) and nasonex. I have had violent coughs for 3 days my entire back and ribs hurt.

See doctor: I realize that you are already under the care of a doctor and that you may even be treated for whooping cough. If your lung function is in reasonable shape, you should ask your doctor to prescribe you a cough suppressant for a few days. If you have not had a chest x-ray or spiral chest ct, perhaps your doctor may order one since you are not getting better. Any mold or cockroach problem at home? ...Read more

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Are there herbal supplements that can treat a viral lung infection?

Are there herbal supplements that can treat a viral lung infection?

Not For Cure: There is no evidence that herbal products are able to cure lung infections. Sometimes they can relieve symptoms, such as steam, saline nose drops etc. ...Read more

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Are there home remedies that can treat a viral lung infection?

Are there home remedies that can treat a viral lung infection?

No: Viral infections are not treated with antibiotics, most resolve with standard care of fluids , fever control. Serious infections require hospitalization, steroids oxygen and sometimes mechanical ventilation. ...Read more

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Please tell me how long it takes for to feel better after a lung infection?

Please tell me how long it takes for to feel better after a lung infection?

Longer than expected: I generally tell people after pneumonia or bad lung infection, about 2 months to back to normal. ...Read more

Lung (Definition)

Deoxygenated blood enters the lungs from the right side of the heart and travels to the lungs. When you inspire, oxygen flows into the lungs, transverses the capilliares and attaches to hemoglobin down a gradient. At the same time, co2 diffuses into the capilaries and is expelled with exhalation. Oxygen rich blood then flows to the left side of the heart and into the ...Read more


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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more