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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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Doctors, what are the side effects of prednisone?

Doctors, what are the side effects of prednisone?

Steroids are safe...: ...especially when taken for a short period of time. Common adverse effects include mood swings, increased appetitie , increased water retention and weight gain. Most patients tolerate them reasonably well though. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of prednisone 5mg 6 day pack?

Very few: Short courses of Prednisone or Medrol (methylprednisolone) are commonly used for a a variety of conditions like acute gout, poison oak, and allergic reactions. Since the treatment is less than a week, there are few potential problems. Some patients have a little insomnia or anxiety with the higher doses given in the first few days of the pack. ...Read more

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What are side-effects of prednisone?

What are side-effects of prednisone?

Steroids are safe...: ...especially when taken for a short period of time. Common adverse effects include mood swings, increased appetitie , increased water retention and weight gain. Most patients tolerate them reasonably well though. ...Read more

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How long do the side effects of prednisone last?

How long do the side effects of prednisone last?

It depends: It depends what side effect you are talking about. Weight gain, for instance can take weeks or months to reverse. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how I could reduce the side effects of prednisone?

Can you tell me how I could reduce the side effects of prednisone?

NO : The only way to reduce the side effects of prednisone is to take the least amount possible and still be effective in controlling the disease process. If your doctor feels it is possible try to taper with the doctor's guidance. Best wishes. ...Read more

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How long do the side effects of prednisone last? It caused a bad rash (check the possible side effects if u don't believe me) and it won't go away.

How long do the side effects of prednisone last? It caused a bad rash (check the possible side effects if u don't believe me) and it won't go away.

Dose dependent: It is usually a few days. Everybody reacts differently. Sorry. If you feel your breathing worsening or heart fluttering you will want to be checked. Some concern is why were you started on the steroid and is this a reaction or symptom of the problem that was coming. Just be safe. ...Read more

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How long do side effects of prednisone 40mg last once stopping it? It was a 4 day dose. Dizziness and weakness being the worse.

How long do side effects of prednisone 40mg last once stopping it? It was a 4 day dose. Dizziness and weakness being the worse.

Up to 3 days: however, that shouldn't be the case usually, some patients may experience prolonged biological effects with a relatively high dose as what you received few days after finishing the prescribed schedule, if symptoms stay or worsen, better call or see your doctor ...Read more

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What are the side effects of prednisone taken for poison oak?

What are the side effects of prednisone taken for poison oak?

Possibly none: If the Prednisone is only taken for a short. Of time there may be no side effects. Rarely even with a short course you can be more nervous and hungry and rarely develop necrosis of your femoral head which is the top of your leg bone that connects to your hip. ...Read more

Dr. John Feola
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Liquid Pred (Definition)

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