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Ongoing polymyositis treatment @5mg prednisone&500mg sulfasalazine/day&17.5mg methotrexate/wk...What are appropriate jo1, wbc, abs mono, etc results?

Ongoing polymyositis treatment @5mg prednisone&500mg sulfasalazine/day&17.5mg methotrexate/wk...What are appropriate jo1, wbc, abs mono, etc results?

Speak to your MD: With all due respect, your best place for this source of information is the physician providing your care, who knows you as a patient, your medical condition, and any other factors that may influence your treatment and results. This type of forum is best suited for general information on a topic, but not advice on specific care of a complicated problem. ...Read more

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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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I'm 21 & have been taking prednisone daily for 2 weeks (20 mg & now 10) due to mono. My doctor wants me to stop the 10 mg cold turkey. Is this safe?

I'm 21 & have been taking prednisone daily for 2 weeks (20 mg & now 10) due to mono. My doctor wants me to stop the 10 mg cold turkey. Is this safe?

Only 2wks so OK: Prednisone 20mg is not a high dose at all and only using for 2 wks, weaning is not necessary. You are 21 yr old and presumably have no other health issue, I would be very surprised if you feel anything at all from stopping the Prednisone at this stage. I wish you a speedy recovery from the mono (aka kissing disease). Best of luck to you. ...Read more

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How long does it take the first dose of 20mg prednisone to work for inflamed throat from mono?

How long does it take the first dose of 20mg prednisone to work for inflamed throat from mono?

Should not be used: According to UpToDate, Corticosteroids have NOT been shown to be helpful for routine cases of EBV infectious mono, and two studies have reported severe complications resulting from using corticosteroids in routine cases of mono.

Paradoxically, corticosteroids are indicated for severe airway obstruction from mono, and appear to be helpful for overwhelming mono leading to liver failure or severe anemia ...Read more

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Was prescribed azithromycin and prednisone for swollen tonsils, not strep or mono, almost 3 days and haven't seen much improvement?

Was prescribed azithromycin and prednisone for swollen tonsils, not strep or mono, almost 3 days and haven't seen much improvement?

Could be virus: Not every tonsil infection is bacterial. Furthermore, zithromax is not a good antibiotic for tonsillitis because it has NO effect against NTHI, a common cause of bacterial tonsillitis. Finally, you may have a viral infection. Rule out infectious mononucleosis, caused by EB virus. ...Read more

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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?

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?

Prednisone: The only meaningful answer to your question is the reason for your having a "burst" of prednisone. Most of the time that should not contribute to the many concerns you report.
Please let me know what your referring doctor tells you. ...Read more

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On a low dose of prednisone, 4 mono- I had a potent canni edible the other night and had an extremely bad panic attack (heart pounding) am I ok?

On a low dose of prednisone, 4 mono- I had a potent canni edible the other night and had an extremely bad panic attack (heart pounding) am I ok?

Not entirely.: First, canni edible is likely not legal in Illinois. This implies a bad pattern of use of drugs.
Second, someone is on daily prednisone they have problmes. Both the underlying tendancy to have allergic reactions and the effects of prednisone (which affects mood) are abnormal and relevant. ...Read more

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17 yr old daughter has mono and morbilliform rash. Amoxicillin ceased Wed. Prednisone and Benadbut spreading body rash & severe itch. No fever. Help?

17 yr old daughter has mono and morbilliform rash. Amoxicillin ceased Wed. Prednisone and Benadbut spreading body rash & severe itch. No fever. Help?

Rash: Using amoxicillin with mono frequently causes an itchy uncomfortable rash. It lasts a while. The prednisone may not be the answer. I would use Zyrtec (cetirizine) and add Benedryl both if needed. Drink lots of fluids and rest. Bathe too. Mono can last 2-3, weeks and it is miserable. It is a lesson learned about over using antibiotics. Sorry you were the one to experience this. It will get better. ...Read more

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Should I get an mri? Hello, in december I was diagnosed with mono. A few weeks after this I started to feel a very weak feeling in my leg and I was diagnosed with restless leg (left leg). My doctor then put me on a steroid called prednisone. When I was

Should I get an mri? Hello, in december I was diagnosed with mono. A few weeks after this I started to feel a very weak feeling in my leg and I was diagnosed with restless leg (left leg). My doctor then put me on a steroid called prednisone. When I was

Be Sure of Diagnosis: Steroids are not the treatment for restless leg. You must be sure of the diagnosis. Once an accurate diagnosis has been established, the treatment is to r/o underlying causes such as venous insufficiency and various vitamin and mineral deficiencies. Then use appropriate conservative measures, not steroids. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for mononucleosis?

What is the best treatment for mononucleosis?

Mono: Really is none. Rest, fluids can help. Acyclovir (anti-viral) may speed up recovery, but not a great deal. Vitamins can be important. ...Read more

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What is treatment for infectious mononucleosis?

What is treatment for infectious mononucleosis?

RX FOR MONONUCLEOSIS: It is a self limiting disease so only symptomatic and supprted treatment is given. Rest during the acute period. Once acute system is over then avoid heavy activiti and contact sport should be avoided to prevent rupture of the spleen for at least 4 weeks after the infection or till spleen is no more palpable
sometimes we use Prednisone and for pain or fever ibuprofen, valacyclovir inacute cases. ...Read more

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Is there any treatment for pulmonary sarcoidosis besides prednisone?

Is there any treatment for pulmonary sarcoidosis besides prednisone?

Maybe nothing: Treatment for pulmonary sarcoidosis in the modern era may involve "watchful waiting" instead of treatment with prednisone, or any other immune-suppressing medication. Treating too early with Prednisone may increase one's chances for recurrent disease, causing docs to wait to treat until there is evidence that the function of a vital organ--lungs, heart, brain, eyes, kidney--has become affected. ...Read more

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Does a four day treatment of prednisone (40 mg, 30 mg, 20 then 10mg) for asthma increase cancer risk?

Does a four day treatment of prednisone (40 mg, 30 mg, 20 then 10mg) for asthma increase cancer risk?

No: This med mimics a stress hormone your body makes every day. Higher doses help you heal faster by stabilizing the membranes in your body/lungs. It is not a cancer risk. This is a pretty standard approach to treating a flare up. ...Read more

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Diagnosed with M.G. by hosp. Specialist by symptoms and Tensilon. Neg. EMG and bloods. Responded to Mestinon (pyridostigmine) and Prednisone. Can't get treatment.

Diagnosed with M.G. by hosp. Specialist by symptoms and Tensilon. Neg. EMG and bloods. Responded to Mestinon (pyridostigmine) and Prednisone. Can't get treatment.

There is more to: This than the tests that you mentioned. There a number of labs to consider and there is such a thing as seronegative MG (all labs negative and doubt from everybody). In the cases of seronegative MG, a single finger EMG helps confirm the diagnosis. Not all neurologists are trained in single fiber EMG and the ones that are typically did advanced EMG training. You may have to see a major center. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for mononucleosis?

What is the treatment for mononucleosis?

Rest & good nutritio: There is no special meds for mono. The treatment is supportive & situational. Those who play contact sports or ride horses or bicycles should not do so if they have an enlarged spleen. (trauma can lead to rupture) appropriate rest and proper nutrition should allow the body to heal as fast as possible. In adults it can take weeks. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for prednisone overdose?

What is the treatment for prednisone overdose?

Unlikely to overdose: Best bet is you did not sleep. We use doses of methyprednisolone or Dexamethasone at doses equivalent to 1000mg of Prednisone by IV administration to treat severe flares in lupus, or to sometimes treat vasculitis. I doubt you took so much. ...Read more

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I am looking for an anosmia treatment other than prednisone?

I am looking for an anosmia treatment other than prednisone?

See below:: In cases of anosmia caused by sinus infections, antibiotics can clear up the sinus infection, thus curing the anosmia. It may require many months of antibiotic treatment for the sense of smell to return. Other options: polyps removed; zinc and lutein supplements; adjustments done by a chiropractor (top of neck, behind ears). ...Read more

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Is prednisone an effective treatment for siatic nerve pain?

Is prednisone an effective treatment for siatic nerve pain?

Sciatica: Low back pain that radiates into the leg is called sciatica. A herniated disc in the lumbar area is one common cause. Simple exercises and stretching, over the counter pain medication, or prednisone or other steroid medications like Medrol (methylprednisolone) dosepak can reduce inflammation. Physical therapy can help. If it has been present for more than 3 weeks, see a Doctor. An MRI might be the next step. ...Read more

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Is there any treatment for temporal arteritis other than prednisone?

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Is there any treatment for temporal arteritis other than prednisone?

Tocilizumab: So for a fraction of people with temporal arthritis, they possess extremely elevated il-6 levels. Il-6 is a protein that increases with inflammation and is thought to contribute to several autoimmune diseases. John stone (mgh, harvard) has described the use of tocilizumab which blocks the activity of il-6 in these patients with very good results. It may not work for everyone, so discuss with md. ...Read more

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Can I have my teeth cleaned while on prednisone for 6 week treatment?

Can I have my teeth cleaned while on prednisone for 6 week treatment?

Yes, Absolutely: If you're due for a teeth cleaning, you shouldn't have any worries about your current Prednisone treatment. Make sure your dentist and hygienist know exactly what drug you're on and what dosage you're taking. They also need to know why you're taking it and for how much longer. But, your dental cleaning will be just fine. ...Read more

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I have eosinophilic esophagitis. What is the best treatment after an initial course of prednisone/inhaler?

Treatment of EoE: Typical treatment options include topical steroids, food elimination diets or a combination of both. Talk to your doctors to determine the best treatment option for you. ...Read more

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What is the most effective long term treatment for a pinched nerve in right arm? Prednisone worked well for 3 months but getting recurring symptoms

What is the most effective long term treatment for a pinched nerve in right arm? Prednisone worked well for 3 months but getting recurring symptoms

Variable: Your description is too non-specific, as different nerve compression syndromes in an arm are treated in many different ways. Suggest you schedule Concierge appt, and we can get into far greater detail. ...Read more

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What is success rate of using prednisone in treatment of 88 year-old man whose chronic leukemia is now becoming acute with transfusions every 2 weeks?

What is success rate of using prednisone in treatment of 88 year-old man whose chronic leukemia is now becoming acute with transfusions every 2 weeks?

Not significant: I am sorry, but I don't think that by itself will work. I do not know what is the reason to give you Prednisone for acute leukemia. If that is given in conjunction to other kind of therapy-that would make more sense. Please discuss with your oncologist further. Dacogen (decitabine) is something you can consider ...Read more

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Are the risks of gastric relapse of chrohns high after prednisone treatment?

Gastric Crohn's: There is always a risk of relapse of Crohn's disease, no matter which part of the digestive tract it is in. Treatment with prednisone does not increase the chances of a relapse. It is impossible to predict what the odds of a relapse are, since Crohn's disease is not very predictable in any patient. I would discuss this question with your gastroenterologist. Good luck. ...Read more

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I'm ending a 5 round prednisone iv treatment today I've had for three days for ms relapse. How long will I feel the effects/side effects after?

Steroids: The answer depends on many variables such as how much prednisone you recieved and how well your other organs are functioning. I assume you are talking about side effects of steroids such as restlessness. The half life of prednisone is 18-30 hours and generally side effects should abate within 1-2 days. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Infectious Mononucleosis (Definition)

Mononucleosis is a viral disease caused by EB Epstein Barr virus. It can last 10-14 days even up to weeks and become chronic on occasion. A mono assay test can reveal if present and on an CBC can see nucleated or atypical lymphocytes. Sore throat, fatigue, fevers are the main symptoms. Treatment remains bedrest, fluids and Advil 400 mg po q 6 hrs until no symptoms occur. Reg ...Read more


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Mono (Definition)

Infectious mononucleosis, also known as mono, is a contagious illness caused by the Epstein-Barr virus. Symptoms include fever, fatigue, sore throat, enlarged lymph nodes, and enlarged spleen. It is spread via saliva, hence its ...Read more