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The Effects Of Taking Prednisone On Potassium Levels
Issues with asthma- TX does not seem to relieve symptoms; can I take 6 day prednisone taper with 3.0 potassium level? W/o hypokalemia effects?
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
Can one IM dose of 250 mg of methyl prednisone cause salt rentintion and low potassium? My last potassium level was 3.8 and normal kidney function.
Will prednisone 10mg for 2 weeks cause low potassium? I have chronically low potassium but doc isn't worried??
Unlikely: Prednisone can lower the potassium concentration in part by causing fluid retention and dilution of the serum potassium. However, the problem is dose/duration dependent, so a short course of a low dose of prednisone is unlikely to cause a problem. You don't mention that you're on a potassium supplement, but, if you are, you certainly need to continue it. ...Read more
Can I take prednisone for my bell's palsy while taking aldactone, metropolol, klor con, Lipitor, lyrica (pregabalin) and vitamins? How much and how long?
After taking prednisone, how long does it take for levels of IgA to be clear of the suppressant effects of the drug on the IgA levels?
Started taking 5mg prednisolone once a day. Felt dizzy and ran blood test 1 hour after meal every lab normal except Glucose level 165.Stop prednisone?
My obgyn prescribed glucophage, prednisone, and Synthroid (thyroxine) (for TSH levels) to help increase my fertility. I'm 38 & ttc for 7 months. Will this help me?
Depends: Presumably, the medications are being prescribed to address specific conditions to either improve chance of conceiving and/or chance of having a healthy pregnancy. Glucophage is usually prescribed in women with glucose intolerance/insulin resistance (common in pcos). Synthroid (thyroxine) is prescribed for thyroid supplementation in hypothyroidism. Important however that full infertility evaluation be done. ...Read more
Had a gout flare up, taking prednisone, when can I start uloric to reduce uric acid levels as a daily preventer to recurrence?
Hello, I have taken prednisone for 1 month: 60 mg during 2 weeks and 35 mg now. ... My lipase level is 1.4 times the max. Could it be correlated?
High doses of prednisone and tapered off yrs ago. DevelopedHyperparathyroidism. Tumor removed. Recent levels normal. Still sick. Another adrenal issue?
More specific: Sick is a very general term, you need to give more details. What are your symptoms? ...Read more
On prednisone for years now triglycerides are high. Lost 10 pounds but level still high. Can the pred still be effecting the level? Do I need meds? Ty
Prednisone: May not be a direct cause for elevated triglycerides, it is diabetogenic though, i.e. Can contribute to the development of insulin resistance and impair glucose metabolism, a complex process which may cause elevated triglycerides beside other factors. Although you lost weight, congrats, but your triglycerides weren't lowered, don't get frustrated. You may need statins, confer with your doctor ...Read more
Does long term prednisone use lower testosterone? And if so, will it rise back to normal levels after tapering off?
Today I got my testosterone levels checked and forgot to mention that I was on day 3 of a 5 day course of Prednisone. Will it matter?
How long shold I wait after being on prednisone 40 mg a day for 5 days before I have the saliva test for cortisol levels to ensre accuracy?
Not recommend test: This test is not worth paying for. You need re-evaluation. ...Read more
How to check for fluid overload? Creatinine went from 2.5 to 1.5 on prednisone but weight went up 150 to 170. MD focus too much on creatinine levels.
Could my lupus antibody labs be altered (lower the antiboy level) by me being on 10 mg prednisone.? I'll be on day 3 when labs are drawn. Is it best to be off duing labs?
Serum Creatinine level 2.56 to 1.59 in 2 weeks after starting on prednisone and discontinuing benicar (olmesartan). Is this artificial due to 10% weight gain?
No: Creatinine is muscle breakdown product that is excreted through kidneys. It is affected by muscle mass or renal function decline but weight gain does not affect it. Dehydration OR Hydration can make BUN go up or down but creatinine stays the same. Therefore both the numbers are important to make right assessment. ...Read more
Can Prednisone cause hormonal changes? Could blood tests show false hormone results, such as Progesterone/Estrogen levels, due to having taken Pred?
2. not likely.
But need the rest of the story.
Happy to do 2nd opinion. ...Read more
Prednisone greatly improves my inattentive adhd. Many others have noticed this as well. Is it possible for prednisone to effect norepinephrine levels?
Short term: Use it long term and you're in deep trouble. ...Read more
Esr 80 crp 8 over 3 months after AKI, which reversed on prednisone. ANCA levels elevated at 3.8. doctor suspects vasculitis/wageners. Do I need biopsy?
If offered: Wegener's is fatal if missed, usually manageable if diagnosed, and quite common. Good luck. ...Read more
Yes.: Chronic high dose steroid adminstration is an animal model for accelerated again: osteoporosis, thin skin, loss or muscle on the extremities, weight gain on the middle, diabetes, ashd, increased blood pressure, cataracts, thinning hair, etc. I believe they should be used only as low dose as possible for the shortest period possible. Streroids save many lives when used properly. ...Read more
Mid mixtures: Prednisone can awaken and excite and increase appetite and elevate glucose. Nyquil is drying and slightly sedating. Mucinex (guaifenesin) dm is drying and slightly sedating. Taken together the result likely will be slight sedation and decongestion. Why not set aside Mucinex (guaifenesin) when you take nyquil...? ...Read more
Varies.: Depends on how it was stopped. If stopped abruptly it may have rebound effects of the disease process that was treated. IE a flare. May feel fatigued and sluggish until the effects wears off. If you have been taking it longer than two to three weeks should be tapered off by doctors directions. If you have taken it for a long time you may symptoms of adrenal insufficiency if not tapered correctly. ...Read more
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