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Doctor insights on: The Effects Of Taking Prednisone On Potassium Levels

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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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Will prednisone 10mg for 2 weeks cause low potassium? I have chronically low potassium but doc isn't worried??

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

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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?

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?

See neurologist: ™ make sure that it is bell's palsy and nothing else bells palsy is the condition of peripheral facial palsy that is idiopathic (i.e. Undetermined cause--possibly viral) at 78 there may be other causes. ...Read more

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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?

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?

No effect: I am not aware of any steroid effect on IgA level although it may reduce IgG level somewhat on some people after prolonged high-dose prednisone exposure. ...Read more

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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?

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

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Can prednisone cause ALT levels to increase?

Can prednisone cause ALT levels to increase?

Yes: Increases in ast, alt, and alkaline phosphatase have been reported. The elevations are usually small and reverse when Prednisone is discontinued. Long-term use of Prednisone can lead to fatty liver which can also increase enzymes. ...Read more

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How long do your glucose levels stay up after taking prednisone?

How long do your glucose levels stay up after taking prednisone?

It Depends: It could take a few weeks for the steroid effect to really wear off, but if your blood sugar is elevated please makes sure your doctor is following it. Some people may require Insulin when taking steroids. ...Read more

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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

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

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If you get lab work done while on prednisone, can it affect your dsdna level?

If you get lab work done while on prednisone, can it affect your dsdna level?

Prednisone and lupus: Prednisone is used in lupus to control inflammation and to lower double stranded dna levels. To answer your question testing lab while taking Prednisone can show lower levels of double stranded dna based on dose of prednisone, duration of therapy, an etc. ...Read more

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Does long term prednisone use lower testosterone? And if so, will it rise back to normal levels after tapering off?

Does long term prednisone use lower testosterone? And if so, will it rise back to normal levels after tapering off?

Maybe. . .: While Prednisone is a corticosteroid, unlike testosterone which is an anabolic steroid, at least one study suggests that taking Prednisone may be linked to lower testosterone levels. Check out http://www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/pubmed/7983641. ...Read more

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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.

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.

Weight: Gain on steroids is big concern. It has several mechanisms including salt and water retention and increasing adipose tissue. Discuss your concerns with the prescriber. Other side effects like Osteoporosis, cataracts, hyperglycemia and hyperlipidemia should be considered ...Read more

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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?

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

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Side effects of taking prednisone?

Side effects of taking prednisone?

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

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What are side effects of taking prednisone, nyquil, and mucinexdm at same time?

What are side effects of taking prednisone, nyquil, and mucinexdm at same time?

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

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What are after effects of stopping prednisone?

What are after effects of stopping prednisone?

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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Subsequent to effects of stopping prednisone?

Depends: Dosing and time important. The higher the dose and length of treatment, higher risk of cataracts, osteoporosis, adrenal insufficiency, hyperglycemia etc. ...Read more

Dr. Madhu Kandarpa
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Potassium (Definition)

Potassium is an essential electrolyte, important in the functioning of many organs including the heart, kidneys, muscles, nerves, and digestive system. Deficiency can be caused by diseases such as kidney failure, vomiting, and diarrhea, or by ...Read more


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Klorvess (Definition)

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