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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 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?

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

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Can medications like prednisone be taken with alchohol?

Can medications like prednisone be taken with alchohol?

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

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Can you tell me is there anything that works like prednisone without side affects.?

Can you tell me is there anything that works like prednisone without side affects.?

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

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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?

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

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Will my prednisone effect my hematocrit test like make it high

Will my prednisone effect my hematocrit test like make it high

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

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What are some problems of coming off of a steroid like prednisone too quickly?

What are some problems of coming off of a steroid like prednisone too quickly?

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

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I just started taking 200mg prednisone bid. I can't stop sleeping. Like 15-18 hours. Is this normal?

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

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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?

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?

Possibly: Prednisone, especially in higher doses or if it is used for prolonged periods can cause something known as avascular necrosis. This condition is the result of compromise of the blood supply leading to damage and even collapse of the bones in the knee. ...Read more

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I don't like prednisone but it works is there any thing else out there that works better and safer to open up your lungs?

It depends: It depends on what is going on with lungs as there are different medications for asthma and and emphysema for example. Talk to your doctor and see what options are available. ...Read more

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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.

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.

See rheumatologist: There are other drugs other than Prednisone which may be effective for your condition. As long as you are on Prednisone (high doses), it is unlikely that you can combat the weight issue. See a rheumatologist. ...Read more

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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.

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.

Reason: This is good dose of prednisone to help with pressure and swelling. If it is not working at all you need to check with your doctor again. We need to know why you have this "facial pressure" to give you any professional advise. ...Read more

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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?

Not paradoxical.: The effects of prednisone are far reaching and are not always predictable. I would not call this paradoxical - just some variation about the norm. ...Read more

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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

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

Chicken or egg here?: Hard to determine from your limited information if your concern as expressed reflects medication, or the underlying condition for which prednisone was prescribed. Why have you taken it? ...Read more

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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

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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

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Is there a natural prednisone?

Is there a natural prednisone?

Hydrocortisone: hydrocortisone is the bio identical form of prednisone. DHEA is a natural precursoer to cortisol ...Read more

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What is prednisone used to cure?

What is prednisone used to cure?

Many things: Prednisone is corticosteroid which treats many different problems such as allergic disorders, skin conditions, ulcerative colitis, arthritis, lupus, psoriasis, or breathing disorders. Prednisone prevents the release of substances in the body that cause inflammation. ...Read more

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Ok taking prednisone (deltasone)?

Ok taking prednisone (deltasone)?

It depends: As with any medication, if it is prescribed by a physician to treat a particular illness or problem it is safe, as long as it is used as prescribed. ...Read more

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What is Deltasone (prednisone) used for?

Deltasone (prednisone): There are many, many indications for Deltasone (prednisone). See: http://www. Drugs. Com/pro/deltasone. Html ...Read more

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Please describe the medication: prednisone?

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

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What should I expect when stopping prednisone?

Prednisone: Hello, Prednisone is a steroid medication and is used by physicians quite frequently to reduce inflammation. After the medication has been completed your inflammation hopefully will be resolved. ...Read more

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Is there an effective substitute for prednisone?

Is there an effective substitute for prednisone?

Generally no: It depends on what condition the Prednisone is used for in the first place. Generally, if a corticosteroid is the only option, then any subsitute steroid would give the same risks. ...Read more

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Prednisone side effects?

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

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Side-effect of prednisone?

Many.: 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

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Does prednisone cause brusing?

Yes it is a side eff: Yes it is a side effect of prednisone.It is listed as easy bruising, which means a minimal trauma sometimes not even remembered or realized may cause bruising. It is as compared to spontaneous bruising. ...Read more

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Can prednisone make you tired?

Can prednisone make you tired?

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

Analgesic (Definition)

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Dr. John Feola
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Liquid Pred (Definition)

Liquid Pred is a corticosteroid which is a kind of ...Read more