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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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Prednisone side effects?

Prednisone side effects?

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

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What common prednisone side effects can I expect to see if my daughter has a bad reaction to it?

It depends: It depends on the amount taken and the length of time it is continued. Common effects include weight gain, bruisability and infection risk. There are other issues which are more likely associated with long term use. ...Read more

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My joints are hurting. just the normal prednisone side effects. will this end?

My joints are hurting. just the normal prednisone side effects. will this end?

May not be: This may depend on what you are being treated with and for what. We sometimes see joint complaints from tapering perdnisone. That means as the dose drops joints can hurt. This is called steroid withdrawal rheumatism. You need to discuss this with your physician ...Read more

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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.

Ok combo: 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

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Does prednisone cause any negative side effects on the stomach or intestines?

Does prednisone cause any negative side effects on the stomach or intestines?

It may: Prednisone may cause irritation of the lining of the stomach, reflux, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.It helps to take the medication on a full stomach, but these effects may still occur. ...Read more

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What are side effects from coming off prednisone ?

Generally minor: But depends upon how long one has been taking them. Biggest problem is usually return of the disease that Prednisone was suppressing. In very rare instances one can have acute adrenal insufficiency manifested by abdominal pain, fever, loss of consciousness, weakness. ...Read more

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