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How long does moon face for corticosteroid use go away, at what dosage?

How long does moon face for corticosteroid use go away, at what dosage?

A few months: Your body makes the equivalent of 12 mg of Prednisone daily. Once the amount of Prednisone you are taking is less than that, say 10 mg, your moon facies should begin to resolve. It should go away faster if you are completely weaned off Prednisone as opposed to remaining on a low dose. Figure 3-12 months depending on individual variation but it will happen. ...Read more

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Taking Antibiotics (Checklist)

Follow directions on label
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Take all doses as directed. Don't stop when you feel better.
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Do not take someone else's antibiotic
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Throw away any leftover antibiotics when you're done
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Besides affecting your bones. What harm do long term lower dose Corticosteroid use cause?

Besides affecting your bones. What harm do long term lower dose Corticosteroid use cause?

Many: There are many long term side effects of steroid use. Here are some and the mayo clinic website that discusses in greater detail: Clouding of the lens in one or both eyes (cataracts) High blood sugar, which can trigger or worsen diabetes Increased risk of infections Thinning bones Suppressed adrenal gland http://www.mayoclinic.org/steroids/art-20045692 ...Read more

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Taking Statins (Checklist)

Consider nighttime dosing to decrease effects of cramping during day
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Get routine labs to monitor your progress and eat well, too!
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Dx adrenal insufficiency secondary to long term corticosteroid use. How long for body to kick in and start to normalize potassium?

Dx adrenal insufficiency secondary to long term corticosteroid use. How long for body to kick in and start to normalize potassium?

Variable: It can take a long time. Did you taper the steroids slowly or just stop cold-turkey. Sometimes totally normal response never returns. Check w/your doctor who can test your system and advise you. ...Read more

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I'm doing a trial off my corticosteroid and have been wheezing at night and early morning, but it doesn't bother me. Can I stay off the medication?

I'm doing a trial off my corticosteroid and have been wheezing at night and early morning, but it doesn't bother me.  Can I stay off the medication?

Asthma: Hi, r u able to monitor ur peak expiratory flow rate at home. That could guide u and ur doctor for proper treatment, also it is not normal to wheeze, wheezing means obstruction of small airways which could affect the oxygenation. Please consult with your treating doctor to adjust your medication. Feel better soon. ...Read more

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Taking Blood Thinners (Checklist)

Take appropriate dose of anticoagulation medication
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Follow up with your treating physician
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Are there any successful non steroid / corticosteroid medication for asthmatics? Answer please!

Are there any successful non steroid / corticosteroid medication for asthmatics? Answer please!

Steroids for asthma: Hi medius6, in terms of steroids, there are many options out there for treatment of asthma. There are inhalers, pills ,and iv forms used. Your doctor will likely recommend a steroid inhaler for persistent asthma symptoms to take once to twice a day. Saving the pills and iv drugs for the bad times. Bronchodilators(not steroids)like albuterol, are a mainstay of treatment as well. Hope that helps. ...Read more

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