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Is Prednisone Like A Pain Killer
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
I have pancreatitis caused by medication (prednisone 50mg) I would like to know what foods I can't eat and what foods I should eat. Thanks?
Protein: The pancreas is a large gland in your upper abdomen, behind your intestine and stomach, which produces enzymes to digest foods, particularly carbohydrate and fats. The two main enzymes are amylase and lipase, and levels of these two chemicals can be measured in your blood when you have pancreatitis. So to your question, a high protein diet may be the best choice when your pancreatitis is active. ...Read more
Taking 60mg of prednisone once a day for 5 days. I accidentally took the first dose at night. I'd like to sleep. Ok to take tomorrow's dose earlier?
Yes: That is not a problem. Take it with breakfast. ...Read more
Yes, but...: While on prednsone drink little or very moderately. Why? Prednisone makes the lining of the stomach much more vulnerable to any irritant, which includes etoh (alcohol). Dilute beverages are much preferred like beer. But not much, since both agents can cause gatritis and GI bleeding. ...Read more
No: They are other corticosteroid that can be used and in some cases acth is an alternative option. However, the side effects of all are similar. ...Read more
I typed a question in, maybe in the wrong place. Anyway I would like to know if I should put my prednisone?
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Just took 10mg of prednisone and I really do not like the way it makes me feel. How ling will it take to get this 1 pill out of my system?
Prednisone effects: Side effects associated with prednisone can be difficult to tolerate in some patients. Some common side effects of this medication include: mood swings, trouble sleeping, irritation of the stomach, weight gain, gastrointestinal intolerance, and increased blood sugars (if diabetic). If you only took one dose symptoms should resolve within a few hours. ...Read more
May be: It depends on why the hematocrit was low in the first place, certain autoimmune attacks of blood cells can be mitigated by corticosteroids. Not everybody on corticosteroids has their hematocrit increase. It would depend on many other things related to your health. Your physician could help clarify that. ...Read more
Adrenal crisis: The most serious, and potentially life threatening, is adrenal insufficiency. This can occur when you have taken steroids for a prolonged period of time (usually greater than 3 weeks) and then you abruptly stop them. The way to stop steroids in this case is to gradually decrease the dose slowly (taper). Other problems can be a flare of whatever disease you were treating with the steroids initially. ...Read more
I just started taking 200mg prednisone bid. I can't stop sleeping. Like 15-18 hours. Is this normal?
Why????: Why are you taking a dose that incredibly high? I have never prescribed an oral dose even half that much. ...Read more
My knees bug me when I don't use them for a while, like they feel old. Could my past use of prednisone have caused this?
I have lupus and I've been on prednisone for a while I've gained weight, how am I able to lose it? Feel like nothing works.
How long do 50 my prednisone once daily, take to relieve facial pressure? Been on for 3 days and my face feels like it's going to explode.
I used to have lots of energy when I took prednisone. I felt wiped out the last 2 times I took it. Why would I have a paradoxical reaction like that?
Took prednisone for intercostal neuritis and amazed at how pain free I am. Is med curing the problem instead of treating it? It sure feels like it
Feels like I need to defecate all the time. Is this related to being on prednisone? Just finished my 5 day dose last week and that's when this started
Doc prescribed me prednisone to take like this... 30mg day 1, 25mg day 2, 20mg day 3, 15mg day4, 10mg day 5, 5mg day 6, then finished. Is this typical?
Yes,: This is called a tapering dose and is very common. There are prepared steroid packs, Medrol (methylprednisolone) Dose Pack, that are packaged in this fashion for convenience. With steroids, normally you give a higher starting dose and taper the dose over time to allow your body to resume it's own production. Good luck. ...Read more
Taken 2 doses of mobic (meloxicam) and would like to swap to prednisone for quicker onset. How long do I have to wait to start prednisone after last dose of mobic (meloxicam)?
Not interchangeable: Mobic (meloxicam) is a non steroidal and is used as a general treatment or arthritis, bursitis, tendinitis, etc...Prednisone is only used as a powerful ant inflammatory in diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, vasculitis. It is not interchangeable with nsaids. You should only use Prednisone for these autoimmune type conditions and only with close supervision. ...Read more
PREDNISONE A STEROID: 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 on minerals like potassium. ...Read more
Varied: There are many potential effects to taking Prednisone or any steroid medication. They include sweats, increased appetite, weight gain, acne, elevated blood sugar, increased frequency of urination. And others. More serious effects include raising blood pressure, causing cataracts to mature more quickly, osteoporosis and damage to bone (called osteonecrosis). ...Read more
Chronic high dose steroid adminstration is an animal model for accelerated again: osteoporosis, thin skin, loss or muscle on the extremities, weight gain on the middle, diabetes, ashd, increased blood pressure, cataracts, thinning hair, etc.
I believe they should be used only as low dose as possible for the shortest period possible. Streroids save many lives when used properly. ...Read more
Yes, but...: Different people have different reactions to prednisone. Prednisone can make a person tired, fussy, excited, irritable, etc... However, many illnesses can make a person tired, so one cannot simply blame tiredness on the Prednisone (the doctor can consider the various causes of the tiredness). ...Read more