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

Since starting cpap therapy I have been getting sinus infection after sinus infection. Antibiotics, nasonex, 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 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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Dr. John Feola
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Liquid Pred (Definition)

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