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I was put on prednisone (burst) 30mg for 3 days, 20mg for 3 days, 10mg for 3 days. Can I do 30mg for 2 days, 20mg 2 days, 10mg 2 days instead?
Yes: That is safe from a steroid withdrawal perspective. Talk to you prescribing doctor, though - your condition may require a longer taper like the one originally written out. ...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
I've had quite a few lupus flares lately. Each time after starting prednisone burst, i'll feel better, but flare leaves me drained for a while. Why?
Dx of rheumatoid arthritis. Taking Enbrel and occasionally prednisone burst pack. Chronic debilitating pain, not EVEN touched by OTC meds, or ensaids. Please help!!!!!!
You need to have a frank discussion with your Rheumatologist1 the treatment of RA has advanced greatly over the past decade. Biological therapy and combination of various medications usually result in control of pain and joint damage! SPEAK OUT!!
Hope this helps and BE WELL!
Dr Z ...Read more
How long after 6 day burst of prednisone should I wait to have annual routine bloodwork done so it won't alter results.
About a week?: It’s a subjective recommendation, but I’d say one week to be sure any steroid effect in your system is gone. ...Read more
Is 20 mg Areva and 30/25/20/15/10/5 mg 2 week burst of prednisone okay to take? Side effects worry me as I seem to me sensitive.
The two drugs are not known to interact. That's the good news.
The bad news is that you appear to be sensitive to drugs in general, and just because interactions are not known does not mean you will avoid side effects.
So, in this case, you can be as confident as ever that you'll be fine, but remain vigilant whenever starting a new drug and do not hesitate to contact your physician or pharmacist ...Read more
Can being on a burst of prednisone make Neutro 78% (hi), Lymph 18% (low), Neutro Absolute 8.3K/ul (hi), Mono Absolute 0.2K/ul (low), and TIBC 437ug/dl?
On last day of burst of prednisone took 10mg. At 9am. Can I have 1 glass of red wine. Or should I just wait till the med is out of my system.
Not a problem: Moderation is the key to life.Get a more detailed answer ›
Took burst of Prednisone 5 wks ago for 5 days. Would doing that again now, also for 5 days, be safe? Sick w/resp virus again, wheezing, few options.
How often can a steroid burst safely be done? Took 5days prednisone 3wks ago, now need help again for horrible cough. Dangerous to do another burst?
Dangerous w/o superv: Coughing is not best treated with steroids. If you just finished about of using the prednisone, and you feel you need steroids again to control your symptoms of coughing., then you need to call your doctor first to let her or him know that you're having the same symptoms. Then s/he will decide what is best for you to take for your cough, since you have a celiac history. You need to be under medical supervision. This is the safest route. ...Read more
Prednisone for ear infection given, 40mgs day 1, then 20mgs for 6 days, then 10mgs final day. Is this burst OK and I will do ok without a taper?
YES.: The regimen you describe actually IS a taper. I assume that you were also prescribed antibiotic/antimicrobial medication as well and that your doctor is aware of any precautions you should take. A short course (5-10 days) of systemic (in this case oral) steroids is safe for most people and doesn't necessarily require tapering doses. ...Read more
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
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 more
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
Yes.: 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