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Short Term Use Of Prednisone
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How can I prevent thrush when using short term prednisone 40mg/day and 500/50 advair? I rinse my mouth after each dose.
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
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
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.
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
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 moreSee 3 more doctor answers
I am on a short course of prednisone 20mgs x5 days for asthma . My HR has seriously increased and become irregular . I amon Diltizem 240mgs XT . Why ?
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
Asthma with bad wheezing..doc gave me prednisone for 5/days without good results ..is it pneumonia?! My breathing rapid and short and not get better
Short of breath for 4 days.Went to dr. Pulse ox was 99 & she didn't hear anything in lungs.Started prednisone 1day ago still can't breathe.
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
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
Can long term use of prednisone cause erectile dysfunction? How long does it take to correct after you stop taking it?
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