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I have the flu, dry cough, minimal wheezing. The doctor wants me to take prednisone. If prednisone lowers immune system, isn't it a bad idea to take ?

I have the flu, dry cough, minimal wheezing.  The doctor wants me to take prednisone. If prednisone lowers immune system, isn't it a bad idea to take ?

Balance: There are always risks and benefits to medications. Did your doctor exaplain why s/he wants you to take it? If you have a history of asthma, it may have been to prevent you from tipping into a full attack. Call your doctor or go for another visit to talk about it. If you don't get the answers you feel like you need, consider another doctor since educating you is part of our job! ...Read more

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Dr. Scott Keith
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more


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Taking antibiotics for bladder infection, have sinus infection and anmox from previous illness will it hurt to take ammox & bactrum concurrently?

Taking antibiotics for bladder infection, have sinus infection and anmox from previous illness will it hurt to take ammox & bactrum concurrently?

No: No, but since they both have good (and somewhat overlapping) spectrums of activity, you likely will not need two antibiotics at the same time. Consider at least culturing your uti, especially if you are prone to recurrent infections - it may help identify a source...... ...Read more

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Can I take culterelle probiotic while on prednisone? Will I be more likely to get an infection because weakened immune system?

Can I take culterelle probiotic while on prednisone? Will I be more likely to get an infection because weakened immune system?

Yes to both.: Can take probiotic while on prednisone. Will not make you more ill. It is questionable if helps the immune system. It may help prevent an antibiotic associated diarrhea. It depends how long you are on the prednisone. If it is long term then you can develop a weakened immune system. If not long then it is not likely to cause a major problem. ...Read more

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If I take amoxicillin, will it make it harder for my child to fight future bacterial infections?

If I take amoxicillin, will it make it harder for my child to fight future bacterial infections?

Not at all: People don't become "resistant " to antibiotics , germs do. Sometimes they won't work because you have a resistant strain of germs or the illness was viral & never needed or would respond to antibiotics. Since you can't become resistant, you certainly can't pass that on. Your goal in life is to make sure you only use them when needed. ...Read more

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I just finish ciproflacaxin500 mg antibiotics for tonsillitis.any probiotics to recommend to boost up the immune system?

I just finish ciproflacaxin500 mg antibiotics for tonsillitis.any probiotics to recommend to boost up the immune system?

Not needed: Probiotics have little value and it is impossible to boost one's immune system with any supplement. ...Read more

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I know prednisone lowers your immune system, so can I take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) instead?

I know prednisone lowers your immune system, so can I take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) instead?

Yes, in occasions: You've got an excellent point. For example, in treating sinusitis caused by allergic nasal congestion, Benadryl (diphenhydramine) treatment has much less side effects than prednesone. ...Read more

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I have been prescribed steroids for bad chest infection but they lower ur immune system wont that make the infection worse?

I have been prescribed steroids for bad chest infection but they lower ur immune system wont that make the infection worse?

Not in the short run: Steroids are often used to speed imrpovement of symptoms in people with various infections. In the short run (days to a few weeks), the anti-inflammatory effect is much more prominent than immune suppression. That's a problem mostly with steroids in large doses for a few weeks or more. Your doctor knows what she is doing! ...Read more

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Im prescribed antibiotics & prednisone for chronic sinusitis, i don't want to take the prednisone, would tylenol (acetaminophen) work just as well?

Im prescribed antibiotics & prednisone for chronic sinusitis, i don't want to take the prednisone, would tylenol (acetaminophen) work just as well?

Not really: The Prednisone that you were prescribed is not necessary for treatment for your chronic sinusitis. It was given to you to help reduce the symptoms of sinusitis, such as pain and inflammation in your sinuses. Tylenol (acetaminophen) would not work as well since it is not an anti-inflammatory. You can take Ibuprofen or Naproxen instead of the prednisone, if you don't have any contraindications to those medications. ...Read more

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I need to take naproxen sodium 220 mg 2x a day for 2 wks to treat inflammation due to tendonitis. Should I worry it will permanently affect fertility?

I need to take naproxen sodium 220 mg 2x a day for 2 wks to treat inflammation due to tendonitis. Should I worry it will permanently affect fertility?

Naproxen & Fertility: Hello. It should not permanent hamper your fertility especially taking it for two weeks. Much more of an issue for ladies taking this chronically. WHILE you are on naproxen, your fertility probability is lower. Remove that variable by discontinuing naproxen following resolution of tendonitis. ...Read more

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I've been taking 10mg of amitriptyline for 2 weeks it doesn't seem to be working anymore. Does your body become immune to it?

I've been taking 10mg of amitriptyline for 2 weeks it doesn't seem to be working anymore. Does your body become immune to it?

Increase: You may need an increase in dosage. However, please see your in person physician to achieve this. ...Read more

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Can i take ofloxacin 200mg for tooth infection. I have panic attack?

Can i take ofloxacin 200mg for tooth infection. I have panic attack?

Can buy why: There are many other drugs you can take if you not penicillin allergic besides ofloxacin. If you have a toothache involving the inside of your tooth (one needing root canal therapy) plain old Amoxicillin is good and would not trigger panic attacks. Get with your dds and see what type of infected to you have and get it treated.. Good luck. ...Read more

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I took prednisone for the last 4 nights only 30 mgs is it safe to take clarithromycin for throat infection now? how long does it take prednisone to exit my body under that scenario?

I took prednisone for the last 4 nights only 30 mgs is it safe to take clarithromycin for throat infection now?  how long does it take prednisone to exit my body under that scenario?

May work together: Prednisone is many times prescribed with this antibiotic. BUT, did your doctor prescribe the antb or the steroid. The steroid can be finished now and still take the antb.. If you are self prescribing, it can be serious. The steroid is out of your system in several days. ...Read more

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Prescribed biprofenid with azithromycin for ear infection. Is it ok to just take antibiotic bc the NSAIDs make me extremely sick to my stomach. ?

Prescribed biprofenid with azithromycin for ear infection. Is it ok to just take antibiotic bc the NSAIDs make me extremely sick to my stomach. ?

YES: You can always avoid a symptomatic medication when you know you cannot tolerate it.You may be able to help your pain by holding moist heat to the side of your head (side with earache).For some reason diffuse heat clouds the brain's pain sensors.The Azith+ takes a while to start helping so plan to deal with it for a while. ...Read more

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What's average amount of time people can take biologics (ex: humira (adalimumab) or enbrel) before developing an immunity to it? Do all patients develop immunity?

What's average amount of time people can take biologics (ex: humira (adalimumab) or enbrel) before developing an immunity to it? Do all patients develop immunity?

See below: Patients are more apt to develop resistance to biologic if they are not on methotrexate. However; not all patients are candidate to be on methotrexate. Some patients never have a problem and some do. It is hard to comment on the average amount of time because it is an individual phenomena. ...Read more

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Trying to boost my immune system.Can i take echinacea or astragalus while on humira (adalimumab) for as?

Humira (adalimumab) and herbs: Yes, however, there is no scientific data that these herbs will do anything. A healthy diet is the best way to boost your immune system. ...Read more

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Dr. Amy Keenum
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Prednisolone (Definition)

Prednisolone is a form of medication know as a steroid--the active metabolite of prednisone. Used similarly, both medications are useful in the treatment of inflammatory conditions such as arthritis or asthma. In certain medical situations Prednisolone may be ...Read more