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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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What alternative meds are there for prednisone?

What alternative meds are there for prednisone?

Prednisone sub: In the steroid category, there is cortisone, hydrocortisone, decadron, and medrol. In the non-steroid category, there is ibuprofen, aleve, mobic, (meloxicam) naprosyn, celebrex. ...Read more

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What are some alternatives to prednisone for crohn's?

Many.: If in the small intestine, sulfasalazine. Colon: pentasa, proctofoam. Azothioprine, cyclosporine, the antibiotics ciprofloxine with or without metronidazole. Any finally most of the tnf-alpha inhibitors. Remicade, humira, cimzia, (certolizumab pegol) etc. I did not mention prednisone, or a poorly absorbed GI oral steroid. ...Read more

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Where does prednisone come from? Is it naturally occuring so that some some herbal medicines could contain prednisone?

Where does prednisone come from? Is it naturally occuring so that some some herbal medicines could contain prednisone?

Man made: Prednisone is a man made drug to mimic the effects of steroids our body produce from from the adrenal glands. Prednisone is not a naturally occurring medication. Some supplements can be contaminated with substances that can mimic steroids so you need to be careful. ...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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Are there any alternatives to Prednisone for RA flare ups?

Are there any alternatives to Prednisone for RA flare ups?

RA: If you have confirmed diagnosis of RA, then you should be on disease modifying drugs as deemed necessary by your rheumatologist. These prevent flares and disabling changes in the joints. ...Read more

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What do you think about the use of methotrexate to treat sarcoidosis and what are the alternatives besides prednisone?

What do you think about the use of methotrexate to treat sarcoidosis and what are the alternatives besides prednisone?

Can be effective: Methotrexate can be effective for long term control of sarcoidosis symptoms. Complicated though, requires baseline labs and chest x-ray then regular monitoring of cbc, liver and kidney function. The care should be overseen by rheumatologist and pcm familiar with potential side effects and drug interactions. Much less $$ than other immunomodulating meds. Prednisone still required sometimes. ...Read more

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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


Dr. Oscar Novick
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Deltasone (Definition)

Deltasone is a corticosteroid which is a kind of ...Read more