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Prednisone And Fertility
Yes: Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide) can be damaging both to eggs and sperm and therefore needs to be monitored closely by your rheumatologist and fertility doctor. Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide) is also considered class d in pregnancy suggesting risk of fetal harm. Long term Prednisone therapy has little effect on sperm production or ovulation. ...Read more
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
It could: Most people on long-term steroids have a significant illness and thus either the disease or the medication could affect fertility. The good thing is that checking a man's fertility potential is one of the easiest parts of the fertility examination and one of the least expensive! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can a low dose (5mg) of prednisone (prescribed to reduce mild adrenal hyperplasia to improve female fertility) aggravate my depression?
Yes it can: Yes, Prednisone can aggravate depression. Please discuss this with your physicians. Dose adjustments may be needed in your prednisone, your antidepressants, or both. If feeling depressed but not yet being treated for depression, an evaluation could help discern what's going on. Effective treatment could be provided. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
My obgyn prescribed glucophage, prednisone, and Synthroid (thyroxine) (for TSH levels) to help increase my fertility. I'm 38 & ttc for 7 months. Will this help me?
Depends: Presumably, the medications are being prescribed to address specific conditions to either improve chance of conceiving and/or chance of having a healthy pregnancy. Glucophage is usually prescribed in women with glucose intolerance/insulin resistance (common in pcos). Synthroid (thyroxine) is prescribed for thyroid supplementation in hypothyroidism. Important however that full infertility evaluation be done. ...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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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