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What is prednisone prescribed for?

What is prednisone prescribed for?

ANTIINFLAMATORY : Prednisone is a potent antiinflamatory agent. In a taper over 8 days it can treat a rash IE SHINGLES/ Astma Flare/PLEURITIS/Pericarditis. Used over a longer period of time it treats many autoimmune diseases like Lupus /RA/MS and Sarcoidosis . ...Read more

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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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What do you advise if I'm prescribed 10mg prednisone, 37 tabs how should I tske them?

What do you advise if I'm prescribed 10mg prednisone, 37 tabs how should I tske them?

Ask Prescribing Doc: It's always better to speak to the prescribing physician about how to take your medications. Different meds can be taken in different ways depending on the reason they were prescribed for. A phone call to the doctor's office should suffice but feel free to ask them any other questions about the medications. ...Read more

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Prescribed prednisone at 60mg- 3 days, 40mg- 3 days, 20mg 3 days. Today is the first day at 20mg and already the pos effects are gone. Why so quickly?

Prescribed prednisone at 60mg- 3 days, 40mg- 3 days, 20mg 3 days. Today is the first day at 20mg and already the pos effects are gone. Why so quickly?

Your level of....: Your level of inflammation must be high. The taper is fairly rapid as well. Taking an NSAID may help, but the co-use of another anti-inflammatory other than steroids, depending on diagnosis may help. Methotrexate is the most common steroid sparing agent I use in rheumatology patients with arthritis or connective tissue disease! ...Read more

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Is prednisone prescribed for Crohn's disease?

Yes: It is frequently used to get an active flare of the disease under control, to get the person feeling better. It is not desirable to use prednisone, though, for long term control of the disease, due to its many side effects. Other medications are used for ongoing control to reduce flares and need for prednisone. ...Read more

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Recently, I have been prescribed prednisone 20mg twice a day for 14 days. Are there any harmful side effects?

Recently, I have been prescribed prednisone 20mg twice a day for 14 days. Are there any harmful side effects?

Usually not: The side effects with short term use are generally minimal. The risk of side effects increases with the dosage used and the time span over which it is used. It may increase appetite and make you a little hyper with short term use. ...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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If I have local swelling, how long will it take for prednisone to start working, if at all? Prescribed 60mg/daily for 12 days.

If I have local swelling, how long will it take for prednisone to start working, if at all? Prescribed 60mg/daily for 12 days.

Depends on cause: and diagnosis. If your question is that you have been taking Prednisone 60 mg for 12 days and still have swelling, I would have your doc re-evaluate you. If you have not started, then at 60 mg Prednisone IF it is going to work at all - should work relatively quickly- 1-2 days. Note you should probably taper OFF Prednisone at that dose for that long. ...Read more

Dr. John Feola
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