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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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Is it reasonable, standard care, to take prednisone for lower back strain +1 week?

Is it reasonable, standard care, to take prednisone for lower back strain +1 week?

Reasonable, yes: Depending on the amount of pain, cause of the pain, and other medical problems, a week of prednnisone is not unreasonable. ...Read more

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Is it standard care to try prednisone after lower back strain + 1 week. Ucare dr prescribed but wanted opinions.?

Is it standard care to try prednisone after lower back strain + 1 week. Ucare dr prescribed but wanted opinions.?

Yes: A strained back becomes inflamed and the Prednisone helps the inflammation. Be sure to take an acid blocker to prevent acid reflux or an ulcer. Take the Prednisone exactly like prescribed! 1 out of 3 americans will get an episode of back pain in their lives. ...Read more

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Diagnosed with spondyloarthriitis. Have schamberg type spots on legs that go away with prednisone but come back when prednisone stopped. Any thoughts?

Diagnosed with spondyloarthriitis. Have schamberg type spots on legs that go away with prednisone but come back when prednisone stopped. Any thoughts?

As: Blood find increase resistance in your veins (due to valve dysfunction) gravity enhances slippage of red blood cells outside veins which further oxidizes to that color. Prednisone and Colchicine may help a bit on healing, but support stockings, leg elevation and in some cases diuretics may help. ...Read more

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Dad has pmr controlled w/ 20mg prednisone. Has bad back spams (feels lower back is being pulled). Okay when walking but bad when gets up from sitting. Rheum doesn't think d/t pmr. What could be cause?

Dad has pmr controlled w/ 20mg prednisone. Has bad back spams (feels lower back is being pulled). Okay when walking but bad when gets up from sitting. Rheum doesn't think d/t pmr. What could be cause?

Cannot diagnose: If your dad has polymyalgia rheumatica, is being seen regularly by a rheumatologist, and does not have a specific diagnosis, would you really accept a guess over the internet by someone who has never seen him. If you are not satisfied with his doctor, have him seen for a second opinion. Hope he feels better soon. ...Read more

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Eczema? A year off and on, have intensely itchy thighs- with scabs and bleeding. Had prednisone- better, came back. Using Triamcinolone, not working

Eczema? A year off and on, have intensely itchy thighs- with scabs and bleeding. Had prednisone- better, came back. Using Triamcinolone, not working

Atopic Dermatitis?: Rashes are almost impossible to diagnose over the computer. You should see a Dermatologist. There are many good ones affiliated with Abington Hospital. There are Rx strength steroid creams available, that depending on the actual diagnose, can greatly help your issues I am sure. Get the actual diagnose first though, best wishes to you. ...Read more

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Prescribed Prednisone for low back pain/muscle spasms 6 day dose 60mg 2 days 40mg 2 days 20mg 2 days. Is this drug safe to take? Nervous to take it!

Prescribed Prednisone for low back pain/muscle spasms 6 day dose 60mg 2 days 40mg 2 days 20mg 2 days. Is this drug safe to take? Nervous to take it!

Pretty Safe.: In the sense that it may reduce the pain in your back, it is safe. Occasionally, it has an irritating effect on the stomach. So make sure you can take it. ...Read more

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Day 4 of prednisone. Pain started back left of head. Now migraine on right temple. And pain on right back of head with numb cheek and lips.

Day 4 of prednisone. Pain started back left of head. Now migraine on right temple. And pain on right back of head with numb cheek and lips.

Headaches & numbness: If you have never had a headache that causes numbness, please go to an ER now, or if your usual migraine treatment does not work. If it does work and the numbness is not new and resolves with the headache, contact the doc who prescribed the medicine tomorrow about the next step. ...Read more

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First day of a 5day prednisone pk. Having low back pain. Had this last time I took pred; is it cause for major concern or fairly harmless side effect?

Appropriate treatmen: All medication which work may have undesirable side effects. The question which your doctor answers before prescribing is the risk/gain ratio. In your case what can be gained is higher then the risk which is why it it was prescribed. ...Read more

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I have chronic severely enlarged tonsils causing sleep apnea. ENT treating me with prednisone. Will they grow back after steroids decrease them?

I have chronic severely enlarged tonsils causing sleep apnea. ENT treating me with prednisone. Will they grow back after steroids decrease them?

Probably will: The steroids will only handle the acute and minimal swelling. It won't last for very long. The only real treatment for chronic enlarged tonsils is removal. ...Read more

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I have mgravis and been taken mestinone and prednisone for the past four weeks how long will it take to everything to get back to normal?

I have mgravis and been taken mestinone and prednisone for the past four weeks how long will it take to everything to get back to normal?

Variable: Mestinon (pyridostigmine) for mg provides marked improvement in some patients and little or none in others. The symptom improvement may be mixed, with significant improvement in some symptoms but not others. No one dosing schedule is ideal for all patients. Steroids result in remission in about 30% of patients. Onset of benefit usually occurs within 2-3 weeks, but there may be transient clinical deterioration. ...Read more

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Prednisone helps me not swell up? Told I am having the opposite affect from norm. 1day off& I swell back up. What could my issue be? I feel well on it.

Prednisone helps me not swell up? Told I am having the opposite affect from norm. 1day off& I swell back up. What could my issue be? I feel well on it.

Anti-inflammatory: Prednisone, like other steroids, is useful in reducing inflammation in certain, especially chronic, inflammatory conditions. However, one of the possible side effects is represented by edema (soft tissue swelling due to retention of fluid). So Prednisone usually reduces the swelling associated with inflammation but may sometimes cause swelling due to edema. ...Read more

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How long does it take for a body to go back to normal after a 5 day course of 50mg Prednisone without tapering the drug?

No answer: The answer depends on the details. Why taking it???? Result??? Ask your DR. Your question is too vague for a legitimate answer. ...Read more

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I'm 32 yrs old with mg and im taking prednisone and mestinone. Things are back to normal...Will I ever get an episode at work of weakness and danger?

I'm 32 yrs old with mg and im taking prednisone and mestinone. Things are back to normal...Will I ever get an episode at work of weakness and danger?

Myasthenia gravis: There is no way to predict with certainty that you will or won't have recurrent episodes of myasthenia gravis but there are some factors to avoid. Http://www. Mayoclinic. Com/health/myasthenia-gravis/ds00375. ...Read more

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How long does it take prednisone to work for a back injury?

A few days: Prednisone is our strongest ant-inflammatory and back pain is inflammatory if you are not better after a few days of treatment you may need to consider other treatment such as physical therapy or localized facet blocks. ...Read more

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If I stop taking allipurinol while taking prednisone will my pain come back when resumed?

If I stop taking allipurinol while taking prednisone will my pain come back when resumed?

If your taking: The medication to prevent gout, then if you stop the allopurinol, you certainly can get a gout attack while you take yourself off the medication. ...Read more

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Could I take prednisone to help heal from back surgery?

Could I take prednisone to help heal from back surgery?

Depends: Steroids, such as prednisone, can be prescribed when back surgery is performed. The most common usage is to minimize nerve pain from swelling, but also to assist in nerve recovery in situations with severe pre-op and/or post-op weakness. If prescribed, it is usually for short-term usage. With long-term use, Prednisone may slow wound healing, raise blood sugars, and delay fusion maturation. ...Read more

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Would coming off prednisone cause my lupus to come back?

Would coming off prednisone cause my lupus to come back?

Indirectly: You stop the prednisone, it's not going to cause the inflammation that comes from lupus. But if the lupus activates, then you would see it because there is nothing stopping the inflammation. If the lupus is in remission, it will not come back. ...Read more

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If you take prednisone for a rash and stop 2-3 days early will the rash come back?

If you take prednisone for a rash and stop 2-3 days early will the rash come back?

Maybe (not). . .: Depends upon cause of rash & whether resolution of rash was coincidental to Prednisone or not. If rash due to infection & you weren't given antibiotics, then improvement was just coincidence & will probably get worse shortly, regardless of prednisone. If rash due to eczema, then hopefully steroid will keep it calm as long as you avoid irritants. So go see your doc re diagnosis & treatment. ...Read more

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Was prescribed prednisone 20 mg tablets (taken 3 at a time) for 5 days for back pain. Is this safe to take without tapering off?

Was prescribed prednisone 20 mg tablets (taken 3 at a time) for 5 days for back pain. Is this safe to take without tapering off?

For this short time: For this short time you are ok. The question is whether the inflammation to the back will be gone. You should follow up with your doctor if pain persists ...Read more

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My son just arrived back from a five week trip to Shanghai. He is congested, and has a HORRIBLE COUGH. The dr prescribed prednisone. Is that correct?

Asthma?: Prednisone will relieve airway inflammation in a flare of asthma. Sometimes even in patients without a diagnosis of asthma, wheezing can develop as a result of bronchitis, and prednisone can help ease breathing in this context. It will not treat the underlying cause of a respiratory infection which is usually a virus, and only time, rest and proper support/self-care treats viral bronchitis. ...Read more

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Aih prednisone 30days my appearance is startling titrated 15mg / change to imuran (azathioprine) in 2 weeks will I get my looks back? I feel horrible hfp almost normal

Aih prednisone 30days my appearance is startling titrated 15mg / change to imuran (azathioprine) in 2 weeks will I get my looks back? I feel horrible hfp almost normal

Once off steroids: The changes "moon facies" will resolve. It's a powerful drug but has side effects. It is good that you are getting off of it and on to a maintenance drug like imuran/azathioprine ...Read more

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Can oral prednisone help with acute lumbar facet syndrome pain?

Can oral prednisone help with acute lumbar facet syndrome pain?

A bandage?: May provide transient relief, assuming the diagnosis is correct. If you have pain bending backward, the diagnosis is likely. Facet arthitis is caused by degenerative arthitis of the facet joints. Better options are nsaids and exercise! ...Read more

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Does long term prednisone use lower testosterone? And if so, will it rise back to normal levels after tapering off?

Does long term prednisone use lower testosterone? And if so, will it rise back to normal levels after tapering off?

Maybe. . .: While Prednisone is a corticosteroid, unlike testosterone which is an anabolic steroid, at least one study suggests that taking Prednisone may be linked to lower testosterone levels. Check out http://www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/pubmed/7983641. ...Read more

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Pleuritis. Prednisone 10 mg 4 pills for 3 days 3 for 3 days etc. Pain ok but hard to breathe at night. On day 4 of meds. Back to dr or wait?

See your doctor: As soon as possible! You should already have some relief with your current treatment. Need re-evaluation. Run some tests or x- ray etc. Depending on findings. ...Read more

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