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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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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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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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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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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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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

Dr. Michael Ein
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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


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Infectious Mononucleosis (Definition)

Infectious mononucleosis is an infectious illness caused by a virus, called Ebstein Barr virus. Symptoms include fever, fatigue, sore throat, enlarged lymph nodes, and enlarged spleen. It is spread via saliva, hence its ...Read more