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What Is The Tapering Dose Of Prednisone For Rheumatoid Arthritis
Many Options: Rheumatoid Arthritis is an autoimmune disease primarily affecting the joints. There is a very wide range of Disease Modifying antiRheumatic Drugs (DMARDs) available for treatment. There are older, less specific, but still effective DMARDs such as plaquenil, sulfasalazine, leflunomide and methotrexate. NSAIDs and prednisone to treat flares. There are many newer biologic DMARDs like Anti-TNF agents. ...Read more
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
Any explanation to why I am not feeling relief on 20mg daily prednisone for rheumatoid arthritis or lupus symptoms/pain?
Couple: Of possibilities. If this is your regular pain involving multiple joints and not controlled by the dose that usually controls your flares you might need a higher dose of Prednisone along with a different agent- Plaquenil/ Methotrexate for example. If this time the pain is different or involving only a joint or other organs it may be due to a different condition and you will need to see your doc. ...Read more
I'm taking plaqeunil, mobic, prednisone for rheumatoid arthritis. Can I use phentermine for weight loss while on these other medications?
Weight medications: The easy answer is "yes." however 1) the weight gain tendency caused (primarily) by Prednisone will continue, so consider finding an effective regimen for your RA and pain that doesn't cause weight gain. 2) Phentermine generally only works well for a short period of time. Most people who use it find that it wears off after several weeks or months. There may be better weight options besides phent. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
85% neutrophils and 9.9% lymphocytes and 12.9 WBC (normal range 4.0-10.0) I have rheumatoid arthritis, and was recently on a prednisone taper.
Steroid effect: Can cause increased neutrophils, will take its time, no need to worry ...Read more
I have rheumatoid arthritis and 4 meds have been tried but only prednisone relieves pain, will it also help cartlige?
No Magic Dose: Crazy as it sounds, there is no single specific dose. Your rheumatologist (you should definitely have one if you have ra) will listen to your story to get an idea of the severity, and over time will learn what doses work for you. I tell my students that I use the force, and they laugh, but i'm kinda serious. ...Read more
In treating Rheumatoid Arthritis, what are the pros/cons of managing it long-term with Prednisone vs. DMARDs? Do all DMARDs increase cancer rates?
My wife developed a dry cough. She has Rheumatoid Arthritis. She is on a biologic, methotrexate, and prednisone. What are possible causes for her coughing?
I'm using plaquenil 200mg and prednisone 10mg for rheumatoid arthritis, can I take vitamin C while using these medications.
Yes: Vitamin c is fine to take while taking these medications. Not sure why you would take it, though. Recent studies have shown that your food should provide you with enough vitamins so if your food is inadequate, dietary modifications are necessary to get it where it should be. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
30yr old taking methotrexate,prednisone, and humira for rheumatoid arthritis. AF on 4/14. Aweek later had spottin. BFN 4/23. Today Day11 of spotting
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