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Doctor insights on: Short Term Use Of Prednisone

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Can short term prednisone use cause damage to an older males kidneys?

Can short term prednisone use cause damage to an older males kidneys?

Should not: Would be extremely rare for this to happen. If u have underlying chronic kidney disease, steroids can cause indirect influences on the kidneys. But again, very rare ...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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Long term side effects of short-term prednisone use? Took 60,60,40,40,20,20,10,10 mg for migraine. Expect any longterm effects?

Long term side effects of short-term prednisone use? Took 60,60,40,40,20,20,10,10 mg for migraine. Expect any longterm effects?

COMMENTS: A good approach to break up a chronic daily headache pattern. Unlikely to experience any long-term consequences of 8 days of high dose steroids, but if you were to use over several weeks to months, risk rises for osteoporosis, anti-cholinergic effects, glaucoma, cataracts, avascular necrosis of shoulder, hip, or knee, etc. You are at extremely low risk. ...Read more

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Are there any longer-lasting glucocorticosteroids? Prednisone seems to work very short-term; inflammation returned already (next morning).

Are there any longer-lasting glucocorticosteroids?  Prednisone seems to work very short-term; inflammation returned already (next morning).

Yes, but more toxic: For some people, Methylprednisolone lasts and works a little better and than prednisone. Dexamethasone is a common longer activing steroid but is not used for daily treatment, because longer acting steroids have more steroid side effects. Giving the Prednisone twice a day also has more side effects. ...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?

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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NSAIDS cause increased risk of Heart attack and stroke, even with short-term use, according to many sources. Does Prednisone and Prednisolone also?

NSAIDS cause increased risk of Heart attack and stroke, even with short-term use, according to many sources.  Does Prednisone and Prednisolone also?

Risk/ benefit: NSAID's do have many risks, but incidence of heart attacks and strokes are quite low indeed, the side effects can usually be mitigated or prevented. Steroids possess numerous side effects, far too many to list here, but the profile is different from NSAID's in many respects. All meds, even tylenol (acetaminophen) have risks. Follow your doctor's recommendations. ...Read more

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Since starting cpap therapy I have been getting sinus infection after sinus infection. Antibiotics, nasonex, (mometasone) prednisone work in short term. Any ideas?

Since starting cpap therapy I have been getting sinus infection after sinus infection. Antibiotics, nasonex, (mometasone) prednisone work in short term. Any ideas?

CPAP intolerance: CPAP is a gold standard for the management of the obstructive sleep apnea. For some patients, though, CPAP doesn’t effectively do what it was created to do or leading to side effects (e.g. Sinus irritations). The alternative is an oral appliance therapy delivered and monitored by dental sleep provider. The combination of both, CPAP and oral appliance could be the answer in many cases. ...Read more

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33/f at healthy weight and good diet, but have hi BP since short order of prednisone (been off it over 1 mo). What could this be? Never had hi BP b4.

33/f at healthy weight and good diet, but have hi BP since short order of prednisone (been off it over 1 mo). What could this be? Never had hi BP b4.

Bp: Prednisone is a steroid and hence BP can elevate due to activation i the renin angiotensin system( retention of h20 and sodium) it should return to baseline in soon unless your clinical condition has changed. ...Read more

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I've been on IV solumedrol for 3 days and now a 12 day taper of prednisone, long story short I have a tatoo appointment next Saturday for a fairly lar?

Reschedule.: Steroids will delay healing and make you more prone to infection. Change your appointment to at least next month. Longer, if you are not completely well from whatever symptoms requiring that you to take these medications. Ask the doc who gave it , when a tattoo can be more safely done. ...Read more

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I was recently put on prednisone 20mg for a short time from being sick. Is there a generic drug that does the same, noticed helped my asthma much.

Generic Medication: Prednisone has a generic. However, you did not present your history. How long have you taken Prednisone and for condition. You did not say whether your doctor gave you a tapering dose.Prednisone has to be tapered to a lower dose and then discontinued. ...Read more

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Very bad low back pain and sciatica. is okay to take short course of oral prednisone if my A1c is 6.8 ?

Very bad low back pain and sciatica. is okay to take short course of oral prednisone if my A1c is 6.8 ?

No: Studies show no to low benefit for lower back pain with oral steroids. You need rest low back school and a pain management referral. Naproxen 500 twice a day and flexeril 10 mg three times a day prn are preferable. You need a full exam to rule out cauda equina, weakness and other surgical indications. Risk also > benefits with diabetes. ...Read more

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I have connective tissue disease. Sometimes get debilitating lightheaded, brain fog.It continues until i take short course of low dose prednisone. Why?

I have connective tissue disease. Sometimes get debilitating lightheaded, brain fog.It continues until i take short course of low dose prednisone. Why?

Fog busters: Disorders of autoimmunity are commonly associated with cognitive dysfunction, so-called "brain fog", which can be steroid responsive. If you also have headaches, you may have cerebrovascular inflammation, for which tests are available. Cognitive functioning can improve with biological treatment used to arrest connective tissue disorders such as RA & are better than long-term steroid treatment. ...Read more

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Anorexia & adult onset asthma. Won't take prednisone Albuterol triggers migraine Palpitations Dizzy Short of breath Exhausted Chest pain Stomach pain ?

Anorexia & adult onset asthma. Won't take prednisone Albuterol triggers migraine Palpitations Dizzy Short of breath Exhausted Chest pain Stomach pain ?

Dyspnea, Chest pain: 55 year old lady with anorexia. Anorexia is a life threatening condition. What you may think is adult onset asthma could be the serious repercussions of malnutrition. It's not your fault, anorexia affects many people in our society. However, I would highly recommend that you get medical attention immediately, it may save your life. ...Read more

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Can long term use of prednisone (10-20mg) affect the brain? How?

Can long term use of prednisone (10-20mg) affect the brain? How?

Check out this link.: Take care! http://www.Everydayhealth.Com/specialists/allergies-asthma/feldwig/qa/long_term_prednisone/index.Aspx.

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