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After day treatment of prednisone I had bad withdrawal effects. What should I do?

After day treatment of prednisone I had bad withdrawal effects. What should I do?

Not sure what u mean: After one day's treatment? That would not cause withdrawal. If steroids are used for more than a couple of weeks, it should always be tapered. Medrol (methylprednisolone) dosepaks are available that actually taper the dose on a very specific schedule, and are often used in people who have to be on a week or 10 days worth of steroids. Talk to whoever was prescribing the Prednisone to you - they can give best advice. ...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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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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Is there anyway to get rid of prednisone moonface after treatment?

Is there anyway to get rid of prednisone moonface after treatment?

Time: Most patients will see a slow decrease in the loss of the moon fascies patients get after taking streoids. Unfortunately, the changes come on faster then they will decrease. Watch your diet and try to exercise both of which will help. ...Read more

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Does stopping prednisone after a dose of 40 mg daily for ten days cause tinnitus an a withdrawal effect?

Does stopping prednisone after a dose of 40 mg daily for ten days cause tinnitus an a withdrawal effect?

Not familiar: With tinnitus as a complaint after cessation of Prednisone but there can certainly be some "withdrawal" symptoms such as malaise (occasionally severe and of long duration), and anorexia. Even though it is not absolutely necessary, I always prefer to taper the dose over a period of 10-14 days after using the drug at 40mg or higher. Symptoms should dissipate soon. ...Read more

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How long does prednisone stay in your system after a15 day treatment?

How long does prednisone stay in your system after a15 day treatment?

Prednisone: The half life of Prednisone is between 18-36 hours. It usually takes six half lives for a medicine to clear so between 4.5 and 9 days. ...Read more

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I just got off 5 days of prednisone 20mg no taper off and I'm experiencing withdrawals what can I do?

I just got off 5 days of prednisone 20mg no taper off and I'm experiencing withdrawals what can I do?

Withdrawal: It is very unusual to get withdrawal on a five day course of steroids. I suggest you do nothing and just wait it out as it should rapidly disappear ...Read more

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Is it possible to feel symptoms return (or withdrawal) in a 1/2 mg taper from 5.5 mg to 5 mg after several days? I've been on prednisone for 1 yr?

Is it possible to feel symptoms return (or withdrawal) in a 1/2 mg taper from 5.5 mg to 5 mg after several days? I've been on prednisone for 1 yr?

Withdrawal: After being on prednisone for a year it is very difficult to come off of the steroid without experiencing withdrawal pains of some sort ...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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How long does it take for prednisone to work in the treatment of asthma?

Within 24 hours: While Prednisone and other oral steroids are rapidly absorbed from the GI tract and begin to kill eosinophils in the blood (common white blood cell in allergic asthma) within 4 hours, the lung effect is typically longer but within 24 hours. (that is why it is important to start Prednisone early in an asthma attack). ...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've been on prednisone taper but had to increase dose due to withdrawal symptoms. At higher does symptoms are re-occurring. Cause for concern?

Yes: Regardless of the reason you were taking Prednisone in the first place, chronic use of Prednisone is not recommended as it is known to cause glaucoma, insomnia, low bone density to only name a few things. Taper slowly if you need, but taper off the steroids over time. The longer you have been on it, the slower the taper needs to be. ...Read more

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Had been Prednisone for 14 days. Started at 20mg/day, increased to 40mg/day then stopped cold. Now having night sweats. Is it a withdrawal symptom?

Had been Prednisone for 14 days. Started at 20mg/day, increased to 40mg/day then stopped cold. Now having night sweats. Is it a withdrawal symptom?

No: A short course of prednisone should still be tapered, though the danger is little. The night sweats aren't withdrawal. You need proper medical workup including having your heart checked -- it would be a shame to miss endocarditis -- and a search for other causes. ...Read more

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Can prednisone, do the exact same function that cortisol do in the body\like give me back my ability to exercise easier\? If not what is the treatment?

Can prednisone, do the exact same function that cortisol do in the body\like give me back my ability to exercise easier\? If not what is the treatment?

No: Prednisone is an antiinflammatory corticosteroid and is not meant to replace cortisone deficiency in our body. Cortisone acetate is what is used for that purpose such as in addison's disease or adrenal gland insufficiency. ...Read more

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On prednisone x1yr. Now on 4mg. Normally take at 6am in morning but can't take until 3pm due to ACTH test. Might I run into withdrawal symptoms that day?

ACTH: I don't understand the 3 pm timing but no harm from that. I really doubt that waiting till 3 will affect you but if it does cancel your appointment and take your medicine. Then call your doctor and explained wby. ...Read more

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Off prednisone for over 2 weeks and still having bad withdrawals. Was only on it for a week to treat bronchitis symptoms. How long to sleep well again?

Something else: I don't think what you're experiencing has anything to do with the short course of prednisone. Consider looking in other areas to find the cause. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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What are the most obvious symptoms of prednisone withdrawal and how long do they last?

Depends: May depend on the dosage used and the duration of treatment. Stopping abruptly after a long course and high dosage can be a disaster causing life threatening results. More modest dosage may lead to joint pain when the anti-inflamatory effect of the Prednisone is removed. ...Read more

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3 days of 1000mg prednisone for MS relapse. How long to withdrawal entirely? Never a party lol but cant remember the time frame.

3 days of 1000mg prednisone for MS relapse. How long to withdrawal entirely? Never a party lol but cant remember the time frame.

Are you certain you: Are taking 1000mg? That seems excessive. Also, any time a physician prescribes a high dose (even 100mg/day would be in that range), the tapering instructions come with it. You should have been dispensed the correct quantity to follow a prescribed taper. Best wishes. Dr. Anne ...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

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I have severe skin only lichen planus, was given oral prednisone 20mg for 9 days. What are chances planus will return more severe after treatment?

I have severe skin only lichen planus, was given oral prednisone 20mg for 9 days. What are chances planus will return more severe after treatment?

If diagnosis is-: If you have lichen plants, a brief corse of Prednisone will usually not prevent recurrence! That said, I believe a skin biopsy is necessary. A visual diagnosis can be misleading! Best! ...Read more

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My ccp ab IgG came back at 221, sed in january 15 to now at 50. I was then put on prednisone until I see the RA may 6th. What my safest treatment?

My ccp ab IgG came back at 221, sed in january 15 to now at 50. I was then put on prednisone until I see the RA may 6th. What my safest treatment?

See details: I personally hate it when a pcp starts prednsione before I see the patient because it hides all physical finding. However, your lab results strongly suggest ra. I would stop Prednisone until the rheumatologist sees you. ...Read more

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1000 mg prednisone for 3 days for ms. (Yes correct dosage.) No taper. How long to withdrawal fully from medicine. Experiencing nausea and other effect?

The GI: Symptoms (Nausea) are common with high doses of Prednisone but this "side effect" is usually very TRANSIENT. If your liver/kidney function is normal the "half life " of Prednisone is aroun 3-4 HOURS!!
Hope this is helpful
Good luck/BE WELL

Dr Z ...Read more

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My son was diagnosed with chronic daily headache. How do I know he is getting the correct treatment? My son was diagnosed with chronic daily headache. He was put on nortriptyline and prednisone. He has been weened off the prednisone but his nortiptyline w

My son was diagnosed with chronic daily headache. How do I know he is getting the correct treatment? My son was diagnosed with chronic daily headache. He was put on nortriptyline and prednisone. He has been weened off the prednisone but his nortiptyline w

I: I am sorry to hear of his dilemma. He has received appropriate treatment thus far but as you present it the side effects of the medication are outweighing any benefit. There are several other modes of treatment that include other medications.
First the diagnosis of chronic daily headache needs to be secured. From your description that may not be the case if there is any connection between his headaches and the nausea with vomiting and a fever. I would need more information before I can be of any further assistance. Good luck. ...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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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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Can steroid (prednisone) withdrawal cause severe headaches?

Can steroid (prednisone) withdrawal cause severe headaches?

Yes, but: Stopping steroids abruptly can cause headache, aching, fatigue, & feeling of weariness. More likely if you have been on steroids for over 2 weeks. Check with your doctor to see if you should be tapered more slowly off the steroids to avoid these symptoms. But, if this headache feels different than any other previous experiences; or note confusion, weakness or worst headache of your life--go to er. ...Read more

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