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Prednisone Dosage For Bronchitis
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?
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
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
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
My dr prescribed 10 prednisone pills in 20mg, and told me to take 2 per day for 5 days for bronchitis. Is tapering needed? If yes, how much tapering?
My dr prescribed 10 prednisone pills in 20mg, and told me to take 2 per day for 5 days for bronchitis. Is it safe to take it for 5 days as prescribed?
Yes: Yes. The dosage and indication is safe and reasonable. ...Read more
I was prescribed Zpak, Prednisone, and Acetaminophen/Codeine syrup for Bronchitis. Should this be helpful?
The ZPak is a good broad spectrum antibiotic and Prednisone will treat inflammation, particularly if you had wheezing on exam.
The cough syrup combined with Tylenol (acetaminophen) can help with fever and cough. I usually advise using Tylenol (acetaminophen) only for fever and a cough preparation only if you need it to sleep.
Most bronchial infections though are viral and not treated with antibiotics. ...Read more
Yes: Yes sweating is one of the side effects. ...Read more
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
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?
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
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
On prednisone for bronchitis. Wont be doing any smoking but marijuana itself will not have any negative affects on my medication? Say edibles?
I have med anxiety. I just took prednisone for bronchitis(have taken b4 with no prob) but now i'm worried. Is it likely to cause an adverse reaction?
Anxiety: Many people have anxiety about medications, even ones they have previously taken. You are correct in your labeling the issue is not the medication. Many people take. The problem is your anxiety. Use ccognitive behavioral skills to fight it. Get assistance if you need to because your health is at stake. ...Read more
My husband 63 has viral bronchitis and was given 60 milligram prednisone for 5 days. Is this safe? I thought ur suppose to wean yourself off this.
It is safe: Very short course of predisone can technically be stopped abruptly. However, i would have personally tapered it. ...Read more
I was diagnosed with acute bronchitis and I'm on day 4 on z-pak and prednisone. Coughing and mucus haven't improved much. What can I do at this point?
I just started 20mg prednisone tonight for bronchitis. I took it at 8pm & its now 1:40am. Im having hot flashes & i'm only 19. How do I control this side effect? I don't like it, but i can't breathe.
Drug reaction: 20-40% of persons who take Prednisone have an adverse reaction to it. This will subside tonight, but you need to call your doctor in the am and clearly tell him/her about this. Do not keep taking it unless absolutely necessary. Side effects could get worse and result in tragedy. There are ways around these effects, but you and your doctor need specialist consultation. Now. ...Read more
Is it normal to have increased sciatica pain after starting a round of prednisone for bronchitis? The pain seems to be nerve pain.
I had a cold that turned into bronchitis.Dr put me on 20 mg of prednisone. I am almost done with bottle an i have up left arm pain that wont go away.
Recheck: see your doctor for this new complaint. A full history and physical is needed ...Read more
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
On oral prednisone for asthma & acute bronchitis. I have chest pain this morning to left and under rib should I be worried?
I can't use Albuterol due to rapid HR. Will my Bronchitis and congestion I hear in my chest get better without it? On Prednisone for 5 days.
I have had bronchitis for 10 days. Have had 5 doses of prednisone tablets (1 per day) and am still wheezing today. No fever. Should I be seen ?
Bronchitis : Are you feeling better? If so you are on the mend and should be well soon ...Read more
On prednisone. I take glipizide ER 5 Xs 2/day. If i take prednisone first, then the glip, will it combat the roid spike?? Diabetic, asthma bronchitis?
Glipizide, prednison: Hi. Glipizide is a very weak diabetes drug. If you were well controlled with glipizide monotherapy prior to starting prednisone, the glipizide will be unlikely to keep you controlled on prednisone; if you weren't well controlled to begin with, then there's not a chance. Is the prednisone a short burst and taper? If so, you may weather it. If it's chronic prednisone, plan on other diabetes meds. ...Read more
Told i had bronchitis was given z pack and prednisone, 2 weeks later condition worse icluding gasping for air. Given another z pack and told same thing?
? walking pneumonia: Chronic cough can be lated to bronchitis. Most bronchitis is viral in origin and does not respond to antibiotics.Another issue is walking pneumonia or mycoplasma pneumonia which can occur by itself or often with reactive airway dis. Or asthma. Z pack sometimes works, but some strains resistant. Long period of treatment (4 wks) with Erythromycin in my experience works better.Consult dr poss x-ray. ...Read more
I have bronchitis.. On Biaxin (clarithromycin) for 24 hrs and 20 mg of prednisone 2x day. Asthma flare up. Nebulizer 3-4 hrs day. Coughing green stuff. When will heal?
Bronchitis: 36 year old woman with PMH of GERD, asthma, meningioma with acute bronchitis and asthma exacerbation managed with 20mg prednisone BID and clarithromycin. Studies show that 90% of bronchitis is due to a virus and antibiotics are not helpful most of the time. Bronchitis symptoms last about 3 weeks. If you develop fever or fast breathing or if asthma still not controlled with nebs/saba/dulera see doc ...Read more
Is it essential that i take prednisone on top of a n injection of dexamethizone , use of advair, z pac tessalon pearls for bronchitis?
No.: I would certainly not treat my patients with so much medication it sounds like overkill. ...Read more
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