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What are the side effects of stopping prednisone abruptly after 10 days?

What are the side effects of stopping prednisone abruptly after 10 days?

See details: It depends somewhat on what the Prednisone was used to treat in the first place. It could lead to a flare of the underlying disease but otherwise is not an issue if it was stopped with the doctor's okay. ...Read more

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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Recently, I have been prescribed prednisone 20mg twice a day for 14 days. Are there any harmful side effects?

Recently, I have been prescribed prednisone 20mg twice a day for 14 days. Are there any harmful side effects?

Usually not: The side effects with short term use are generally minimal. The risk of side effects increases with the dosage used and the time span over which it is used. It may increase appetite and make you a little hyper with short term use. ...Read more

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I'm taking 5mg prednisone on and off, i did not know that it has side effects if i stop, i'm not taking it for 5 days now, should I take it again?

I'm taking 5mg prednisone on and off, i did not know that it has side effects if i stop, 
i'm  not taking it for 5 days now, should I take it again?

Many issues: There are a lot of issues we need to know to answer that question. Why you taking it? Sometimes Prednisone is given intermittently. Sometimes people need to slowly tsper it especially if they been on it a long time. The fact that you have been off it without a problem may mesn you don't need to take it anymore. ...Read more

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I've just been prescribed prednisone, 20 mg twice/day 5 days, 20 mg for 3 days.Is it safe?Reading a lot of terrible things(side effects).

Side effect?: All med can have side effect , we take them when we need them . U physician thinks u do need it , comply with treatment. ...Read more

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I just finished prednisone after almost a month for ms relapse. It's only been 2 days. I'm still having a huge appetite. How long can side effects las?

I just finished prednisone after almost a month for ms relapse. It's only been 2 days. I'm still having a huge appetite. How long can side effects las?

Half-life: Being that prednisone's biological half-life in your body is anywhere from 18-36 hours, meaning that your last dose can take up to at least 3 days to exit your system, this doesn't seem unusual as it is still in your body and can still be affecting you in the ways it was affecting you before you stopped taking it. This should taper off soon. Best wishes to you. ...Read more

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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

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

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Why is prednisone prescribed for pharyngitis. got 10mg, 2x's 4 days. should I worry about cortisol, or anxiety side effects?

Why is prednisone prescribed for pharyngitis. got 10mg, 2x's 4 days. should I worry about cortisol, or anxiety side effects?

No need but harmless: Such treatment is controversial. Prednisons is commonly prescribed by some physicians but with no solid scientific data that it helps. However, in this dose and duration, it is harmless, without anxiety or any other significant side effects. ...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?

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

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Given a prescription for prednisone for a swallowing issue. I took 40 mg for five days. How long will prednisone stay in my system? Side effects?

Given a prescription for prednisone for a swallowing issue.  I took 40 mg for five days.  How long will prednisone stay in my system?  Side effects?

3-8 days: Prednisone has a 18-36hr half-life and 5 half-lives is considered full elimination. Medication beneficial effects usually wear off in 1-2 half-lives but adverse effects can last past 5 half-lives. Potential Adverse effects are too numerous to list here. If you don't have symptoms don't worry about what a small number of other users reported as long as swallowing issue resolved and you fell well. ...Read more

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My doctor prescribed prednisone 20mg tab. For acute tonsillitis for 7 days twice a day. What are the short term side effects?

My doctor prescribed prednisone 20mg tab. For acute tonsillitis for 7 days twice a day. What are the short term side effects?

Sugars, appetite: Short use of Prednisone can cause increased appetite, rises in blood sugar, temporary weight gain (mostly fluid), and nervousness. Often people have no problem with that dose and frequency, and the relieve achieved often overshadows the possible side-effects. ...Read more

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Been taking prednisone for 4 days for uri, stopped taking due to severe side effects. Only other med taking is tropol. Chest feel tight and heavy.

Been taking prednisone for 4 days for uri, stopped taking due to severe side effects. Only other med taking is tropol. Chest feel tight and heavy.

Call your doctor: It's unwise to stop meds without clearing it with your prescribing doctor or provider. Steroids are especially tricky if stopped abruptly. I strongly suggest you contact your prescribing doctor and discuss your situation. Good luck. ...Read more

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