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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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Is tapering "prednisone" required if your on it for 5 days? Day 1 (60mg), day 2 (20mg), day 3-5 (10mg). Is it safe to stop after this?

Is tapering "prednisone" required if your on it for  5 days? Day 1 (60mg), day 2 (20mg), day 3-5 (10mg). Is it safe to stop after this?

Most times, yes: Talk with your doctor. It depends on the reason for using the prednisone. Most short courses of steroids can be done in that time period. It depends on your reason for therapy and close communication with your doctor. ...Read more

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Can coming off prednisone make you tired and weak? Been tapering for 2 weeks. Last dose was Tuesday 5 mg. How long should this last for?

Can coming off prednisone make you tired and weak? Been tapering for 2 weeks. Last dose was Tuesday 5 mg. How long should this last for?

Reevalution: Prednisone is used to treat a variety of conditions. Worsening fatigue as Prednisone is tapered may be a sign that the original condition being treated may be flaring. Ante-evaluation would be in order. ...Read more

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I have lupus and I'm on prednisone. I was on a high dosage starting at 60mg and now I'm tapering down to 5mg will certain foods cause a flare up?

I have lupus and I'm on prednisone. I was on a high dosage starting at 60mg and now I'm tapering down to 5mg will certain foods cause a flare up?

Congratulations: on tapering to such a low dose! I haven`t ever encountered or heard of a patient that has lupus flares activated by food. When on prednisone, sometimes a diet low in sodium will alleviate any excess swelling. ...Read more

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Is it possible to struggle with prednisone taper while on dmard? Does it make the taper less painful or is it supposed to make the taper a breeze?

Should be possible: If the dmard is as effective as intended then a slow taper of Prednisone should be successful. The inability to taper Prednisone to low levels indicates that that current dmard therapy needs to be modified. ...Read more

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I was prescribed prednisone 60mg for 5 days without tapering as I have disc prolapse My question is it ok to abruptly stop prednisone after 5 days ?

I was prescribed prednisone 60mg for 5 days without tapering as I have disc prolapse 

My question is it ok to abruptly stop prednisone after 5 days ?

Yes since short dura: yes since it's a short duration. This depends whether you have other health problems, or taking prednisone before for long periods. I am not a fan of using prednisone for this type of neck pain. It would be best to see your physician, get a full of evaluation, and a clear diagnosis ...Read more

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How can I taper down prednisone?

How can I taper down prednisone?

Prednisone taper off: Prednisone is not addicting like a narcotic, but many patients experience withdrawal symptoms. Taper off very slowly, example: 60mg for 3 days, 40mg for 3 days, 20 mg for 3 days, 10 mg for 3 days) ...Read more

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What is the tapering dose of prednisone?

What is the tapering dose of prednisone?

See below: Tapering is a gradual decrease in the does over weeks to months until the lowest possible dose is reached. ...Read more

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How long will I withdraw off iv prednisone after having 5 doses and no taper down?

Probably won't: Adrenal insufficiency (steroid withdrawl) is usually only an issue after long term therapy. Doses less than 60 mg for 5 days or less don't usually require a taper. ...Read more

Dr. Clarence Grim
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Hypokalemia (Definition)

Most labs will define normal as 3.5 to 5. Some may increase the upper limits to 5.2 but anything above 5.5 is clearly abnormal. Level below ...Read more


Dr. John Feola
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Liquid Pred (Definition)

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