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I have itchy blisters on forearms from flea bites. Highly sensitive to fleas. Bitten aug 3rd. How to treat this & how long will this last? Prednisone?

I have itchy blisters on forearms from flea bites. Highly sensitive to fleas. Bitten aug 3rd. How to treat this & how long will this last? Prednisone?

Insect bites: I would recommend that you apply ice directly to the bites and leave the ice in place for up to 30 minutes. Bites often are itchy for up to seven days. Prednisone is probably not a good idea. ...Read more

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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Off prednisone for over 2 weeks and still having bad withdrawals. Was only on it for a week to treat bronchitis symptoms. How long to sleep well again?

Off prednisone for over 2 weeks and still having bad withdrawals. Was only on it for a week to treat bronchitis symptoms. How long to sleep well again?

Something else: I don't think what you're experiencing has anything to do with the short course of prednisone. Consider looking in other areas to find the cause. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Pros & cons of prednisone for bronchitis? (i have asthma)

Pros & cons of prednisone for bronchitis? (i have asthma)

Quick relief: Without steroids, it will take longer to recover, steroids are not always needed. Cons of a short course are limited but include insomnia and increased blood sugar. Long term use is more likely to cause problems. ...Read more

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Should prednisone always work on someone with acute bronchitis?

Should prednisone always work on someone with acute bronchitis?

Caution: Steroids are effective medications at indiscriminately reducing inflammation. However, they have a number of potential side effects such as elevation of blood pressure/blood sugar, temporary emotional changes, gastritis and idiopathic bone necrosis. Additionally they actually suppress the natural immune system. Antibiotics, fluids, mucus thinners usually suffice unless severe airway swelling. ...Read more

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Had two 5 day bursts of Prednisone, 40mgs daily, only 5 wks apart, both times for bronchitis. Will my adrenals crash, since these bursts were close?

Prednisone: Depends on your general health: You should be ok, but be sure to follow your MD's directions & let us know if you have any withdrawal symptoms: (weakness, fatigue, decreased appetite, weight loss, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain) can mimic many other medical problems ...Read more

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I was prescribed Zpak, Prednisone, and Acetaminophen/Codeine syrup for Bronchitis. Should this be helpful?

I was prescribed Zpak, Prednisone, and Acetaminophen/Codeine syrup for Bronchitis. Should this be helpful?

Medications: The ZPak is a good broad spectrum antibiotic and Prednisone will treat inflammation, particularly if you had wheezing on exam.
The cough syrup combined with Tylenol (acetaminophen) can help with fever and cough. I usually advise using Tylenol (acetaminophen) only for fever and a cough preparation only if you need it to sleep.
Most bronchial infections though are viral and not treated with antibiotics. ...Read more

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My doctor has me on a prednisone (20 mg) schedule of 3-3-2-2-1-1. Is this a standard-sufficient dosage when recovering from a bout of bronchitis?

Yes: This is a very typical Prednisone taper. I use a course very similar to this. Feel better! Of course, if you do not improve, please be sure to return to be re-evaluated, as pneumonia can always set in, despite the best care. ...Read more

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Had bronchitis since b4 thanksgiving still have it after 2 rounds of Zithromax and prednisone starting to believe it's something else is this normal?

Had bronchitis since b4 thanksgiving still have it after 2 rounds of Zithromax and prednisone starting to believe it's something else is this normal?

I agree: It is possible that you have had multiple consecutive viral infections in which case zithromax will have no effect whatsoever on the infection. If it is viral bronchitis however, prednisone usually provides some relief. Perhaps you have the cough due to allergies, undiagnosed asthma or acid reflux. I would see your PCP for work up. ...Read more

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I have been prescribed 20mg of prednisone. 5 days, take 3 pills 1time/day. Prescribed to me because my bronchitis is not going away after 7 days of taking 10 day course of Avelox. I know there are many possible side effects. I am experiencing several, bu

I have been prescribed 20mg of prednisone. 5 days, take 3 pills 1time/day. Prescribed to me because my bronchitis is not going away after 7 days of taking 10 day course of Avelox. I know there are many possible side effects. I am experiencing several, bu

Prednisone: Can cause a lot of side effects, especially at higher doses. For some, 60 mg at one time can cause feelings of nervousness, mood swings, insomnia etc, as well as elevations in blood sugar and blood pressure. If you are experiencing these, you could try splitting the dose in half and take it twice per day, or if that is still causing side effects, you may need to take a lower dose. Talk to your Dr. ...Read more

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I have Severe Bronchitis. My Dr gave me Tyl w/codeine for fever and coughing, plus a prednisone shot & pills, an antibiotic. Is Tyl #4 used for colds?

I have Severe Bronchitis. My Dr gave me Tyl w/codeine for fever and coughing, plus a prednisone shot & pills, an antibiotic. Is Tyl #4 used for colds?

Its for your PAIN: Tylenol (acetaminophen) #4 is an Opiate Analgesic like Vicodin Used for PAIN. It contains 60mg of codeine and 300mg of Tylenol (acetaminophen). Codeine metabolizes into morphine (1/10th of the dose) so its about 6mg of oral morphine per does with Tylenol (acetaminophen) for the added pain relief. As Hydrocodone has been rescheduled to CII, it leaves physician's with codeine as the strongest opiate that can be refilled, less habit forming. ...Read more

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My doctor prescribed prednisone to me for my bronchitis. What does it do specifically to aid in getting over the bronchitis?

My doctor prescribed prednisone to me for my bronchitis. What does it do specifically to aid in getting over the bronchitis?

Fights inflammation: Prednisone is a strong anti-inflammatory medication. Perhaps you have had some narrowing of your bronchial tubes - and maybe some wheezing. Prednisone may help these symptoms. Prednisone is usually taken for a brief period of time, though. Taking it for long periods may increase your risk for diabetes, obesity, and bone thinning. But taken for a brief period may help your symptoms greatly. ...Read more

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On prednisone for bronchitis. Wont be doing any smoking but marijuana itself will not have any negative affects on my medication? Say edibles?

Maybe: Mj can modulate immune system adversely and cause arterial constriction, worse if inhaled, but still present to a lesser degree ingested. Best to avoid entirely. And get help for your cannabis addiction. ...Read more

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I have med anxiety. I just took prednisone for bronchitis (have taken b4 with no prob) but now I'm worried. Is it likely to cause an adverse reaction?

I have med anxiety. I just took prednisone for bronchitis (have taken b4 with no prob) but now I'm worried. Is it likely to cause an adverse reaction?

Anxiety: Many people have anxiety about medications, even ones they have previously taken. You are correct in your labeling the issue is not the medication. Many people take. The problem is your anxiety. Use ccognitive behavioral skills to fight it. Get assistance if you need to because your health is at stake. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with acute bronchitis and I'm on day 4 on z-pak and prednisone. Coughing and mucus haven't improved much. What can I do at this point?

I was diagnosed with acute bronchitis and I'm on day 4 on z-pak and prednisone. Coughing and mucus haven't improved much. What can I do at this point?

Wait: It can take as long as 8 weeks to completely get over a viral bronchitis though usually you will see improvement in a week or two. As long as you are not getting worse just wait. ...Read more

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I just started 20mg prednisone tonight for bronchitis. I took it at 8pm & its now 1:40am. I'm having hot flashes & I'm only 19. How do I control this side effect? I don't like it, but I can't breathe.

Drug reaction: 20-40% of persons who take Prednisone have an adverse reaction to it. This will subside tonight, but you need to call your doctor in the am and clearly tell him/her about this. Do not keep taking it unless absolutely necessary. Side effects could get worse and result in tragedy. There are ways around these effects, but you and your doctor need specialist consultation. Now. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have increased sciatica pain after starting a round of prednisone for bronchitis? The pain seems to be nerve pain.

Is it normal to have increased sciatica pain after starting a round of prednisone for bronchitis? The pain seems to be nerve pain.

No: Likely you have something going on in your spine that is unrelated to the prednisone usage. You could have been coughing with bronchitis? If so, coughing is known to cause a herniated disk resulting in the sciatica. ...Read more

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On oral prednisone for asthma & acute bronchitis. I have chest pain this morning to left and under rib should I be worried?

On oral prednisone for asthma & acute bronchitis. I have chest pain this morning to left and under rib should I be worried?

You should: Take your bronchodilator as well- every 6 hours (ventolin/ albuterol etc) whichever one you have. Just use one kind only. If you are not getting relief, see your doctor asap. It is also possible you may have an infection on top of asthma attack. ...Read more

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I can't use Albuterol due to rapid HR. Will my Bronchitis and congestion I hear in my chest get better without it? On Prednisone for 5 days.

I can't use Albuterol due to rapid HR. Will my Bronchitis and congestion I hear in my chest get better without it? On Prednisone for 5 days.

Bronchitis: Hello and welcome to HealthTap :)

It depends how bad your symptoms are if you don't use the albuterol inhaler? It is also important for us to know if you have COPD, asthma or a viral bronchitis?

You can try using the levoalbuterol it has less cardiac side effects.

Thank you ...Read more

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On prednisone. I take glipizide ER 5 Xs 2/day. If I take prednisone first, then the glip, will it combat the roid spike?? Diabetic, asthma bronchitis?

On prednisone. I take glipizide ER 5 Xs 2/day. If I take prednisone first, then the glip, will it combat the roid spike?? Diabetic, asthma bronchitis?

Glipizide, prednison: Hi. Glipizide is a very weak diabetes drug. If you were well controlled with glipizide monotherapy prior to starting prednisone, the glipizide will be unlikely to keep you controlled on prednisone; if you weren't well controlled to begin with, then there's not a chance. Is the prednisone a short burst and taper? If so, you may weather it. If it's chronic prednisone, plan on other diabetes meds. ...Read more

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Told I had bronchitis was given z pack and prednisone, 2 weeks later condition worse icluding gasping for air. Given another z pack and told same thing?

Told I had bronchitis was given z pack and prednisone, 2 weeks later condition worse icluding gasping for air. Given another z pack and told same thing?

? walking pneumonia: Chronic cough can be lated to bronchitis. Most bronchitis is viral in origin and does not respond to antibiotics. Another issue is walking pneumonia or mycoplasma pneumonia which can occur by itself or often with reactive airway dis. Or asthma. Z pack sometimes works, but some strains resistant. Long period of treatment (4 wks) with Erythromycin in my experience works better. Consult dr poss x-ray. ...Read more

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I have bronchitis. On Biaxin (clarithromycin) for 24 hrs and 20 mg of prednisone 2x day. Asthma flare up. Nebulizer 3-4 hrs day. Coughing green stuff. When will heal?

I have bronchitis. On Biaxin (clarithromycin) for 24 hrs and 20 mg of prednisone 2x day. Asthma flare up. Nebulizer 3-4 hrs day. Coughing green stuff. When will heal?

Bronchitis: 36 year old woman with PMH of GERD, asthma, meningioma with acute bronchitis and asthma exacerbation managed with 20mg prednisone BID and clarithromycin. Studies show that 90% of bronchitis is due to a virus and antibiotics are not helpful most of the time. Bronchitis symptoms last about 3 weeks. If you develop fever or fast breathing or if asthma still not controlled with nebs/saba/dulera see doc ...Read more

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Bronchitis (Definition)

An inflammation of the mucous membranes of the bronchi. May be caused by either viral or bacterial infections, and is treated with antibiotics, steroids, inhaled bronchodilators, or mucolytics. Bronchitis can ...Read more


Dr. John Feola
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Liquid Pred (Definition)

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