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Doctor insights on: Prednisone For Lung Inflammation

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I was prescribed prednisone 20 mg 3 tablets a day for 5days, started taking it yesterday for inflammation in my lungs, yet I haven't felt any relief

I was prescribed prednisone 20 mg 3 tablets a day for 5days, started taking it yesterday for inflammation in my lungs, yet I haven't felt any relief

Takes time.: Hi, Thank you for your question.

Prednisone takes time to build up in your system and to have effect. Give it more time.

Hope that helps. Contact me if you have any other questions :-)
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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 there an alternative medication to open up the lungs and assist with breathing besides puffers and prednisone?

Is there an alternative medication to open up the lungs and assist with breathing besides puffers and prednisone?

DOC: Check with your doc.

There are many medications for opening up the lungs, such as ipra, atro, inhaled steroids, daliresp, (roflumilast) laba and so on. ...Read more

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Is taking steroids for autoimmune disorder inflammation going to have long term health effects? Currently taking prednisone.

Is taking steroids for autoimmune disorder inflammation going to have long term health effects? Currently taking prednisone.

Yes long term steroi: Long term prednisone is a corticosteroid. It his long-term side effects, including bone loss, osteoporosis, diabetes, cataracts, fractures, Ostenecrosis, weight gain, elevated cholesterol, and a variety of others. You need to discuss with your physician, see what medicines you can take to decrease the dose of corticosteroids, you need to see a rheumatologist to help through this ...Read more

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In early stages of connective tissue disease, is it possible to have inflammation that responds great 2 prednisone but doesn't show up in sed or crp?

In early stages of connective tissue disease, is it possible to have inflammation that responds great 2 prednisone but doesn't show up in sed or crp?

Yes: The typical inflammation in sytemic lupus erythematosis may not elevate these acute phase reactants. That being said, Prednisone is an energizer and can improve many types of discomfort or pain. There are other tests more valuable than ESR and crp. ...Read more

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I have been taking prednisone for 3 years now due to inflammation of my eye nerves. Without it, my eye sight is very blurry. What can I use to get off?

I have been taking prednisone for 3 years now due to inflammation of my eye nerves. Without it, my eye sight is very blurry. What can I use to get off?

Need to review: This with ideally a neuro-opthalmologist. For some inflammatory issues you may be able to utilize steroid sparing agents like methotrexate or azathioprine but this decision requires someone who is very familiar with your condition and is working with you to inform you of all possible treatment options. ...Read more

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Hello. I was diagnosed with costochondritis and possibly pleurisy on June 9 and have not been able to manage the pain since. It is stabbing pain in my entire ribcage and the Prednisone that I was prescribed to reduce inflammation is only making me very le

Hello. I was diagnosed with costochondritis and possibly pleurisy on June 9 and have not been able to manage the pain since. It is stabbing pain in my entire ribcage and the Prednisone that I was prescribed to reduce inflammation is only making me very le

Costochondritis: If you have a definite tender area at the rib and sternum junction, apply warm applications, pat dry and apply ligament like bengay. Avoid stressing the rib cage from stretching, lifting, etc. While on prednisone you can take Tylenol (acetaminophen) but you should not take nsaids like Aleve which I found more effective than oral prednisone. Injection of lidocaine and steroids into the area may help.? Rheumatologist ...Read more

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Tests show inflammation increasing. JointPain unbearable, but only <8 anti-ccp. Why aren't my tests syncing with the amount of pain? Prednisone helps

Tests show inflammation increasing. JointPain unbearable, but only <8 anti-ccp. Why aren't my tests syncing with the amount of pain? Prednisone helps

Normal.: Because tests do not measure pain. Tests measures various substances in the blood which rise and fall sometimes quite independently of pain. Various markers in the blood may precede or lag symptoms by long periods of time. ...Read more

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Could it help you live longer if you stay on prednisone if you have idiopathic fibrosis of the lung?

Could it help you live longer if you stay on prednisone if you have idiopathic fibrosis of the lung?

Pulmonary fibrosis: To date, there has been no study published citing mortality benefit with the use of prednisone (or any type of steroids) in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (ipf). That being said, some patients with ipf feel that respiratory symptoms are better with steroids, so we occasionally prescribe them chronically. ...Read more

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I'm on levaquin (levofloxacin) and prednisone for pleuritis. Day #2 and having stabbing pains higher up in lungs, normal?

I'm on levaquin (levofloxacin) and prednisone for pleuritis. Day #2 and having stabbing pains higher up in lungs, normal?

Could be: This condition can certainly cause pain in the lining of your lungs, etc. So this can be normal for the condition. If severe, let your treating dr, know. ...Read more

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Is prednisone typically used for autoimmune liver inflammation? Is there anything else that can be done? I'm nervous about taking it...

Liver Disease: If this was recommended by your liver specialist, I would definitely consider following the recommendation. If you have concerns, then seek a 2nd opinion. If you trust your doctor, follow the recommendations and/or have a more in-depth discussion with them. ...Read more

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Does oral Prednisone reduce itching? Or just inflammation? Prescribed Prednisone for contact dermatitis on face. Took pill 2 hrs ago, still itchy.

Does oral Prednisone reduce itching? Or just inflammation? Prescribed Prednisone for contact dermatitis on face. Took pill 2 hrs ago, still itchy.

Prednisone itching: 28 M Ontario CA: Does oral prednisone reduce itching? Or just inflammation? Prescribed for contact dermatitis on face. Took pill 2 hr ago, still itch.
This depends a bit on how old the dermatitis is. The earlier it is treated the sooner it reduces inflammation and then itching. But most reduces inflammation. 2 hours ago? Don't expect miracles. I also give low potentcy steroid cream on face. ...Read more

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Can prednisone help with inflammation for any type of inflammation?

Yes and no: Prednisone technically helps with all inflammation and decreases inflammatory reaction. Does it help all? No. If you try to give Prednisone to people with GI inflammation other than what we call inflammatory bowel disease it does not help. For example, gastritis, wherein the lining is inflamed and eroded, it will decrease the repairing by the inflammatory cells and worsen it. It's immunosuppressiv. ...Read more

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Is prednisone the best medication to reduce inflammation from nerves?

Is prednisone the best medication to reduce inflammation from nerves?

I would disagree: Since you do not describe your diagnosis, I cannot really answer other than generically. An inflammatory polyneuritis such as Guillain-Barre or CIDP are best treated with IVIG or plasmapheresis, and steroids are not the best approach here. This is far more complicated and would suggest Concierge or IN Box consult here onsite. ...Read more

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I don't like prednisone but it works is there any thing else out there that works better and safer to open up your lungs?

It depends: It depends on what is going on with lungs as there are different medications for asthma and and emphysema for example. Talk to your doctor and see what options are available. ...Read more

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Are there any longer-lasting glucocorticosteroids? Prednisone seems to work very short-term; inflammation returned already (next morning).

Are there any longer-lasting glucocorticosteroids? Prednisone seems to work very short-term; inflammation returned already (next morning).

Yes, but more toxic: For some people, Methylprednisolone lasts and works a little better and than prednisone. Dexamethasone is a common longer activing steroid but is not used for daily treatment, because longer acting steroids have more steroid side effects. Giving the Prednisone twice a day also has more side effects. ...Read more

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Dr. Prescribed 20mg Prednisone for pinched nerve. Is this just treating symptoms or actually addressing the cause perhaps the inflammation?

Anti-inflammatory: Prednisone is an anti-inflammatory. It does not correct the original cause but does allow the area to have time to heal perhaps. The side effects can be very problematic, so it is for short term use but for some, that's enough. Discuss your situation with your doctor to understand the expected effects. Best! ...Read more

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Is prednisone a safe drug to take for a viral lung infection?

Is prednisone a safe drug to take for a viral lung infection?

No: Prednisone is not known to be effective in viral infections of the lung and should not be taken without consultation with a physician. ...Read more

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My daughter has eczema and lately she has been getting a very bad rash. Red inflammation itching. Dr gave her prednisone last wk - any suggestions?

My daughter has eczema and lately she has been getting a very bad rash. Red inflammation itching. Dr gave her prednisone last wk - any suggestions?

Sec infection?: Well there are two things that can go wrong with eczema- it can flare up. For that you need to look at the triggers and treat with steroid ointment. OR it can get secondarily infected by virus, bacteria OR fungus. In these cases steroid alone won't help. Seek help from your doctor ...Read more

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I was prescribed 15mg of prednisone for my scalp and skin inflammation/irritation for two weeks. How long until I feel relief and is this a high dose?

Prednisone: Prednisone is a steroid medication. Oral preparations of steroids will take about 12-24 hours to feel clinical relief. 15 mg is not considered a high dose. In my opinion, a high dose would be over 60 mg a day. ...Read more

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Nasal inflammation and only get congested in one nose never both I tried medicine but does not work only prednisone workedbut not sure if infection?

Nasal Allergy: Typical symptoms of environmentally triggered allergy are nasal congestion, sneeze, and or itch. One sided nasal congestion relieved with Prednisone suggests that you may have allergies. Typically to dust mites, and how you are exposed to them while asleep. Thus, a nasal steroid nose spray may help relieve symptoms on a chronic basis. However, you should seek help from an allergist. ...Read more

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Is prednisone for viral or bacterial lung infection?

For none: Prednisone is not for any type of infection; in fact it can increase the risk and severity of infection. ...Read more

Lung (Definition)

Deoxygenated blood enters the lungs from the right side of the heart and travels to the lungs. When you inspire, oxygen flows into the lungs, transverses the capilliares and attaches to hemoglobin down a gradient. At the same time, co2 diffuses into the capilaries and is expelled with exhalation. Oxygen rich blood then flows to the left side of the heart and into the ...Read more


Inflammation (Definition)

Inflammation is the body's attempt at self-protection; the aim being to remove harmful stimuli, including damaged cells, irritants, or pathogens - and begin the healing process. Inflammation is part of the complex biological response of vascular tissues to harmful stimuli, such as pathogens, ...Read more