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Doctor insights on: What Dose Of Prednisone Is Considered For Immunosuppression

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Does hashimoto's thyroiditis cause immunosuppression? Can prednisone cause latent TB to become active in a patient with chronic sinusitis?

Does hashimoto's thyroiditis cause immunosuppression? Can prednisone cause latent TB to become active in a patient with chronic sinusitis?

Two questions: 1) no hashimoto's thyroiditis is a auto- immune disease which does not cause immune suppression.
2) chronic use of steroids (prednisone) can cause immune-suppression and can modify response to PPD (TB test). ...Read more

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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What is the typical starting dose of prednisone?

What is the typical starting dose of prednisone?

Depends: Depends on your age (pediatric vs. Adult), and the medical condition. ...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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What is the recommended dose of prednisone when using for anti inflammatory?

What is the recommended dose of prednisone when using for anti inflammatory?

Varies: The dose of Prednisone varies with the severity of the inflammatory p roblem. Many conditions can be successfully treated with small doses but life-threatening problems may require very large amounts of steroids. The goal is always to use the least amount of Prednisone for the shortest possible time. ...Read more

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

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

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Can high dose prednisone temporarily cause elevated glucose of 147 in nondiabetics?

Can high dose prednisone temporarily cause elevated glucose of 147 in nondiabetics?

Yes: Steroids are known to increase glucose but affects should subside shortly after the steroids are discontinued ...Read more

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On day 5 of 7 of prednisone (going 7654321-per day). Very fidgety will ride it out...When will this nervousness go away-after last dose?

Restlessness is: Considered a short-term side effect of Prednisone and should stop shortly. It likely has some dose-dependent property to this side effect, and you are almost done. The half-life of Prednisone is 1 hour, so it is out of your system 5 hours after taking it. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Why might I be getting foggy, confused, & in an almost disoriented state at times when tapering my prednisone dose below 6 mg? Been on almost 1 yr.

Why might I be getting foggy, confused, & in an almost disoriented state at times when tapering my prednisone dose below 6 mg? Been on almost 1 yr.

Adrenal insuff: Hi, how long have you been on Prednisone? What is the average dose you were taking in last year? You might have a condition called 2/2 Adrenal insufficiency due to suppression of Adrenal glad due to chronic use of Prednison. You might need slower and longer tapering. Talk to an Endocrine doctor. Good luck. ...Read more

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Ck enzimes have been running high for the past 6 years at least. Range : 600 - 1935 u/l. Low dose prednisone helps :5mg. What is the cause of this?

Ck enzimes have been running high for the past 6 years at least. Range : 600 - 1935 u/l. Low dose prednisone helps :5mg. What is the cause of this?

Several possibles: There are many issues that can cause elevation of muscle enzymes. The major ones are meds (most commonly statins) and diseases that can cause muscle inflammation of damage. I would urge a rheumatology consultation. ...Read more

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I was on a 15day (60mg for 5days, 40mg for 5days, & 20mg for 5days) dose of prednisone for hives. How long will the meds continue to treat the hives?

Hives: Once you stop the Prednisone the hives may return. The most important way to stop the hives is to find the cause. You may want to see an Allergist to determine what is causing your hives. ...Read more

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Feels like I need to defecate all the time. Is this related to being on prednisone? Just finished my 5 day dose last week and that's when this started

Feels like I need to defecate all the time. Is this related to being on prednisone? Just finished my 5 day dose last week and that's when this started

Chicken or egg here?: Hard to determine from your limited information if your concern as expressed reflects medication, or the underlying condition for which prednisone was prescribed. Why have you taken it? ...Read more

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Taken 2 doses of mobic (meloxicam) and would like to swap to prednisone for quicker onset. How long do I have to wait to start prednisone after last dose of mobic (meloxicam)?

Not interchangeable: Mobic (meloxicam) is a non steroidal and is used as a general treatment or arthritis, bursitis, tendinitis, etc...Prednisone is only used as a powerful ant inflammatory in diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, vasculitis. It is not interchangeable with nsaids. You should only use Prednisone for these autoimmune type conditions and only with close supervision. ...Read more

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Why would my Dr. Decline a refill on a previously prescribed 20mg dose of Prednisone for a recurring pinched nerve?

Why would my Dr. Decline a refill on a previously prescribed 20mg dose of Prednisone for a recurring pinched nerve?

Recurrent radicular: I would never prescribed more than one course of steroids for an episode of radiculopathy. Even one course maybe too many. If does not resolve with rest, anti-inflammatory medication, physical therapy and epidural injection, then surgeryrecommended. Steroids only relief while taking them and infrequently give any long-term benefit while ensuring long-term harm. ...Read more

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Can prednisone make you feel angrier and almost psychotic? Dose was 20mg for 5 days, on 2nd day of 10mg two days to go.

Can prednisone make you feel angrier and almost psychotic? Dose was 20mg for 5 days, on 2nd day of 10mg two days to go.

Yes: Indeed it can have this side effect, and it is not uncommon. It should be getting better as you lower the dose, and it should go away. ...Read more

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What are drs referring to when they say "immunocompromised"? I take occasion week-long doses of prednisone every few months, am I immunocompromised?

See below: Immune compromised means the drug used to treat your immunologic or other disease has made you more susceptible to infections, including viruses, bacteria and fungi. Prednisone can do this but not nearly so severely as some of the newer biologics and immunosuppressive drugs such as Nextel, methotrexate. etc. ...Read more

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I'm in a bad UCTD flare. How long dose prednisone last. I'm needing some but my pharmacey is closed. I found some a year old. Is it still ok to take?

Likely: How were the pills stored? What is the expiration date? If the medication is still within the expiration date, it is okay to take it. If it past the expiry date, taking it will not do harm but it may not have full potency. ...Read more

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Is it ok to have dental procedure on high dose of prednisone?

Speak to your md: It is not usually a problem but if you have been on steroids for a while you may need to adjust the dose before more invasive procedures. Speak to your md regarding any changes and make sure to inform your dentist about all medications you are taking before the procedure. ...Read more

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Does stopping prednisone after a dose of 40 mg daily for ten days cause tinnitus an a withdrawal effect?

Not familiar: With tinnitus as a complaint after cessation of Prednisone but there can certainly be some "withdrawal" symptoms such as malaise (occasionally severe and of long duration), and anorexia. Even though it is not absolutely necessary, I always prefer to taper the dose over a period of 10-14 days after using the drug at 40mg or higher. Symptoms should dissipate soon. ...Read more

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Is it harmful to do a lower dose of prednisone than prescribed for my asthma, even if the lower dose seems to be working fine?

Is it harmful to do a lower dose of prednisone than prescribed for my asthma, even if the lower dose seems to be working fine?

Talk with your doc: It is quite possible that a lower dose of prednisone than prescribed is all you need to treat your asthma, but though you feel fine at the time of the lower dose it may not have been enough to resolve the inflammatory process that caused the attack. That can result in a rebound attack more harmful than the original one. Tell your doc what you've done, they will guide you on further care ...Read more

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How long do side effects of prednisone 40mg last once stopping it? It was a 4 day dose. Dizziness and weakness being the worse.

Up to 3 days: However, that shouldn't be the case usually, some patients may experience prolonged biological effects with a relatively high dose as what you received few days after finishing the prescribed schedule, if symptoms stay or worsen, better call or see your doctor ...Read more

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How long dose it take for your adrenal glands to start to work when you have been on prednisone for 9 months and are down to 6mgs now?

A long time (months): Considering you have been on steroids for a long period of time, it will take likely months with gradual titration of your steroid before adrenal recovery occurs. ...Read more

Dr. Henry Selke
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Immunosuppression (Definition)

Our immune systems are complex, with defense functions against external threats and internal functions that define us as unique individuals. Therapeutic medications to control diseases of overactivity of the immune system (like lupus) or to prevent rejection of transplanted organs we want to trick the body into considering "self" have consequences caused by unwanted ...Read more


Dr. John Feola
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Liquid Pred (Definition)

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