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What is the recommended dosage for starting prednisone for ra?

What is the recommended dosage for starting prednisone for ra?

Varies: We do use Prednisone quite a bit in early ra. I try to use as low a dose of Prednisone such as 5 to 10 mg a day to keep side effects to a minimum but still get control of the disease. On the rare occassion of very severe ra, we may use high oral dose steroids for example greater then 20 mg or more a day, intramuscular steroids and at times intravenous steroids in the most severe cases. ...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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On prednisone 5mg per day for years as I have ra, want to get off this what is the best way to do this?

On prednisone 5mg per day for years as I have ra, want to get off this what is the best way to do this?

See rheumatologist: There are many excellent steroid sparing meds now available in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis. Please see your rheumatologist about them. As the other meds are begun, then Prednisone can be gradually decreased. ...Read more

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Are there any alternatives to Prednisone for RA flare ups?

Are there any alternatives to Prednisone for RA flare ups?

RA: If you have confirmed diagnosis of RA, then you should be on disease modifying drugs as deemed necessary by your rheumatologist. These prevent flares and disabling changes in the joints. ...Read more

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Is it ok to take both prednisone and arava for ra?

Is it ok to take both prednisone and arava for ra?

Again, ask specialis: You are being treated for a specific medical problem, with two meds that each have signifacant effects and side effects. Certainly you ought not take any antninflammatory meds such as Aspirin or ibuprofen. Drink a lot of non-alcohol beverages, and call the treating physician to inform you have a headache, and follow his/her instructions. ...Read more

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My ccp ab IgG came back at 221, sed in january 15 to now at 50. I was then put on prednisone until i see the RA may 6th. What my safest treatment?

See details: I personally hate it when a pcp starts prednsione before i see the patient because it hides all physical finding. However, your lab results strongly suggest ra. I would stop Prednisone until the rheumatologist sees you. ...Read more

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10mg prednisone for a week for possible RA and have found no relief. Does it need longer than a week or do I likely not have RA? RF CCP neg ANA 1:320

Therapy: Multiple excellent medications are available for the treatment of RA. You may need a high or tapered dose of prednisone or another disease modifying arthritis medication. Please consult your prescribing physician. ...Read more

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Ii have RA and my doctor has me on prednisone daily , how dangerous is this?

RA: Prednisone certainly does have side effects. Sometimes inflammatory arthritis is significant enough that the Prednisone is necessary albeit not ideal. To help with your concerns i would discuss this with your rheumatologist and see if there are other medications you could explore as options but they will have their own side effect profile. ...Read more

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I have severe RA and take 10-20 mg of prednisone a day.im 26 and scheduled to get Mirena inserted next week. Can I continue taking pred while on M?

I have severe RA and take 10-20 mg of prednisone a day.im 26 and scheduled to get Mirena inserted next week. Can I continue taking pred while on M?

No reported problems: But.... ALWAYS make it a practice to advise ALL of the health professionals you see of ALL the medications you take in detail.Include OTC too. It's just a smart thing to do .Then, if a problem arises, knowledge is availabe. It's probably ok, but make sure. I hope you do well! ...Read more

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I have ra, am taking leflunomide 20 mg, prednisone 2.5 and plaquenil 200 mg. I don't have ins. What will happen if i can't afford to continue my meds?

I have ra, am taking leflunomide 20 mg, prednisone 2.5 and plaquenil 200 mg. I don't have ins. What will happen if i can't afford to continue my meds?

See below: Try going to your local hospital preferably county and go to the social work department and discuss the situation about your medications. Other options try getting some samples from your medical physician if he could contact the representative from the pharmaceutical company. Also contact the pharmaceutical company and see if they have any patient assistance programs and see if you qualify for them it is important to stay on your medications for your disease otherwise you'll have episodes of pain and further progression of your disease and disability good luck thank you. ...Read more

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On Plaquinel for susp. RA but stopped for 3 days as I'm sick. Now on Prednisone for uncontrolled asthma w/ 3 puffers. Is Plaquinel safe when I'm sick?

On Plaquinel for susp. RA but stopped for 3 days as I'm sick.  Now on Prednisone for uncontrolled asthma w/ 3 puffers. Is Plaquinel safe when I'm sick?

Yes, but...: It is slow acting and missing a few days will do no harm. The half-life of HO-Q is nearly three days. But you can take it-no reason to stop, unless overwhelmed by your pill burden. Good luck! ...Read more

Dr. Steven Watry
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Ra (Definition)

RA is also known as Rheumatoid arthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an condition where the immune system attacks the tissues of the joints. This causes pain, swelling, and destruction of ...Read more


Dr. Tracy Lovell
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Rheumatoid Arthritis (Definition)

A chronic inflammatory disorder that affects joints and may also affect ...Read more