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Doctor insights on: Symptoms Of Sarcoidosis Natural Replacement For Prednisone

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What is sarcoidosis?

What is sarcoidosis?

Sarcoidosis: Dear jbennett, sarcoidosis is a disease of unknown etiology which can affect almost any part of a patient's body. It is known for the granulomas it produces--non-caseating--which can form commonly in the lungs. About 50% of the patients are african or hispanic origin, there is also a large % from northern europe. It has been found that a patient's immune response creates the granulomas. .. ...Read more

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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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33 year old female. Diagnosed with sarcoidosis. Anyone know how long it takes to start feeling better? I have been on 30mg of prednisone for 1 mo.

33 year old female. Diagnosed with sarcoidosis.  Anyone know how long it takes to start feeling better? I have been on 30mg of prednisone for 1 mo.

It's relative and: Varies among individuals and stage of illness. God bless u! http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/mobileart.asp?articlekey=6077. http://www.livestrong.com/article/316265-herbal-treatments-for-sarcoidosis/#page=1. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed for sarcoidosis/pulminary problem.I am on prednisone. I am feeling okay but i was told I have to take medication long time is it okay?

What can you do?: Prednisone is heaven sent, yet it causes so many issues as well. There has to be a balance struck between the positive and the negative of prednisone. Your doctors are best judge in helping you determining that. ...Read more

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How effective is Prednisone for treating sarcoidosis?

It can help: We do not like to use it long term due to side effects. There are alternative medications we can try to use depending on what the manifestations of the sarcoid is. You can ask your physician to evaluate this. ...Read more

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What do you think about the use of methotrexate to treat sarcoidosis and what are the alternatives besides prednisone?

Can be effective: Methotrexate can be effective for long term control of sarcoidosis symptoms. Complicated though, requires baseline labs and chest x-ray then regular monitoring of cbc, liver and kidney function. The care should be overseen by rheumatologist and pcm familiar with potential side effects and drug interactions. Much less $$ than other immunomodulating meds. Prednisone still required sometimes. ...Read more

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Is there any treatment for pulmonary sarcoidosis besides prednisone?

Maybe nothing: Treatment for pulmonary sarcoidosis in the modern era may involve "watchful waiting" instead of treatment with prednisone, or any other immune-suppressing medication. Treating too early with Prednisone may increase one's chances for recurrent disease, causing docs to wait to treat until there is evidence that the function of a vital organ--lungs, heart, brain, eyes, kidney--has become affected. ...Read more

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What is a better med then prednisone for sarcoidosis that is in the lymph nodes? Some being 17mm. This is cause my diabetes to hard to control.

No known treatment: There is no known treatment for sarcoidosis, a poorly understood inflammatory disease. The steroids are to be used to control the symptoms and the inflammation and they should be tapered as soon as possible. ...Read more

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Have sarcoidosis, currently in remission been off prednisone for 4 months, sick a lot wbc 12.6 why?

Have sarcoidosis, currently in remission been off prednisone for 4 months, sick a lot wbc 12.6 why?

Unclear: Sarcoidosis settles down with prednosone. If you say you are" sicka lot", we need to know what is bothering you now? what symptoms?? You should inform your doctor who treated you in case your symptoms are coming back or getting worse. WBC can be high for many reasons, it is best to be examined by your doctor and repeat your blood counts along with your physical exam. ...Read more

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I have sarcoidosis and am taking prednisone but my joints still hurt. Would you recommend adding an arthritis med?

I have sarcoidosis and am taking prednisone but my joints still hurt. Would you recommend adding an arthritis med?

Possibly: If sarcoidosis does not respond to steroids there are other treatment options. Various nsaids (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as Ibuprofen or aspirin) are sometimes recommended. Methotrexate or azathioprine - these medications, most often used in rheumatoid arthritis, have been used with or without corticosteroids to treat sarcoidosis. ...Read more

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Dear dr, i am taking prednisone for my sarcoidosis in my eyes and my shoulder but now i put on weight is there any other tablet our their?

Dear dr, 
i am taking prednisone for my sarcoidosis in my eyes and my shoulder but now i put on weight is there any other tablet our their?

NO: There's no substitute for Prednisone and yes, weight gain is a known side effect. The side effects are dose related. Your doctor can help you taper to the smallest effective dose and that may help. Good luck! ...Read more

Dr. Marci Dietrich
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Sarcoidosis (Definition)

Sarcoidosis is a medical condition in which nodules form in various organs including lymph nodes, lungs, eyes, and liver. Common symptoms include cough, chest pain below the breast bone, fatigue, ...Read more


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Liquid Pred (Definition)

Liquid Pred is a corticosteroid which is a kind of ...Read more