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Doctor insights on: Prednisone And Antibiotics For Bronchitis

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Why would my doctor prescribe prednisone and antibiotics for bronchitis ?

Why would my doctor prescribe prednisone and antibiotics for bronchitis ?

Assist breathing: Bronchitis could cause a tight sensation in the chest. Prednisone is a steroid that works to open up the bronchioles. Prednsione can sometimes help to improve the tight sensation. It also helps to improve wheezing if it is heard on physical examination. ...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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Doctor for a couple of months I have had to take prednisone, and some antibiotic, for bronchitis, and severe allergy's, symptoms, some wheezing, mucus?

Doctor for a couple of months I have had to take prednisone, and some antibiotic, for bronchitis, and severe allergy's, symptoms, some wheezing, mucus?

See allergist: Prednisone is not usually used fir treating allergic problem except in emergency situation such as asthma attack. I suspect that your problem is asthma and would urge you to consult an allergist. ...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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I hv bronchiti I am on antibiotic & prednisone since wed. I still wheezing & cough occastionaly. Is ok 2 c 3yr old who just hd bronchitis 2 wk ago?

I hv bronchiti I am on antibiotic & prednisone since wed. I still wheezing & cough occastionaly. Is ok 2 c 3yr old who just hd bronchitis 2 wk ago?

Yes: Although bronchitis is generally caused by a virus and therefore not helped by antibiotics, you should be fine. The reason antibiotics are sometimes prescribed is that as we get older, we are at increased risk for secondary infections, like pneumonia. Since the 3 year old just had bronchitis, his/her immune system should be in full gear. Have fun! ...Read more

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Bronchitis & asthma on prednisne antibiotic & neb peak flow from 600 to 390 after week back to 500. Should i see pulmonologist not pcp for asthma?

Bronchitis & asthma on prednisne antibiotic & neb peak flow from 600 to 390 after week back to 500. Should i see pulmonologist not pcp for asthma?

Depends: It depends how often you develop exacerbations requiring oral steroids, if it happens frequently, i would definitely see a specialist, either an allergist or a pulmonologist can take care of your asthma. ...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?

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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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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How long does it take for bronchitis to heal? Been on antibiotics 48 hrs plus 20 mg prednisone, plus nebulizer 3-4 hrs not better. Coughing green stuf

How long does it take for bronchitis to heal? Been on antibiotics 48 hrs plus 20 mg prednisone, plus nebulizer 3-4 hrs not better. Coughing green stuf

TIme to see Dr again: If not better after 48 hours, a reassessment is a good idea. Sometimes a different medication is needed. Sometimes bronchitis or pneumonia doesn't get better even under treatment, and more aggressive treatment is needed, or occasionally hospitalization. Thus, a recheck by the doctor can help decide the next step. ...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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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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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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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 Leander Po
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Antibiotic (Definition)

An antibiotic is a medicine that slows, stops, or kills germs. The germs are usually bacteria causing an infection in a person, so the person uses antibiotics to help his body get ...Read more