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Where does prednisone come from? Is it naturally occuring so that some some herbal medicines could contain prednisone?

Where does prednisone come from? Is it naturally occuring so that some some herbal medicines could contain prednisone?

Man made: Prednisone is a man made drug to mimic the effects of steroids our body produce from from the adrenal glands. Prednisone is not a naturally occurring medication. Some supplements can be contaminated with substances that can mimic steroids so you need to be careful. ...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 are some side effects of prednisone or imuran (azathioprine) (drugs)?

What are some side effects of prednisone or imuran (azathioprine) (drugs)?

Variable: Water retention, affects appetite, increased risk of infection, delayed wound healing to name a few. ...Read more

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What are some medicine that might come out positive as meth on a drug test medicine I take prometh/codeine, prednisone, advair, hydroxzine. False positive for meth

What are some medicine that might come out positive as meth on a drug test medicine I take prometh/codeine, prednisone, advair, hydroxzine. False positive for meth

None of the above: There are many false positives for all amphetamines, but not specifically methamphetamine. Proper drug testing goes beyond the screening test - if that is positive definitive testing should be done, which will eliminate essentially all false positives. Every cold medication around can give a positive amphetamine, but not a positive for methamphetamine. You need to demand the definitive test. ...Read more

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Sneezing. Could I just take the prednisone in my medicine cabinet (allergies)?

Dangerous: Steroids should only be taken on a doctor's specific directions. They are dangerous medications, sometimes required, but usually producing major side effects. ...Read more

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Does prednisone contain caffeine?

Does prednisone contain caffeine?

No: Hi SB, prednisone is a type of steroid and does not contain caffeine. Prednisone and caffeine are two separate drugs. Hope that helps! ...Read more

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What are some side effects of prednisone?

What are some side effects of prednisone?

Elevated Glucose: Some side effects of steroids include, elevated blood sugar, weight gain, fluid retention, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, osteonecrosis, , cataracts, mood swings, increased risk of infections, easy bruising, adrenal suppression. ...Read more

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What are some alternatives to prednisone for crohn's?

What are some alternatives to prednisone for crohn's?

Many.: If in the small intestine, sulfasalazine. Colon: pentasa, proctofoam. Azothioprine, cyclosporine, the antibiotics ciprofloxine with or without metronidazole. Any finally most of the tnf-alpha inhibitors. Remicade, humira, cimzia, (certolizumab pegol) etc. I did not mention prednisone, or a poorly absorbed GI oral steroid. ...Read more

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How long does it take for a body to go back to normal after a 5 day course of 50mg Prednisone without tapering the drug?

How long does it take for a body to go back to normal after a 5 day course of 50mg Prednisone without tapering the drug?

No answer: The answer depends on the details. Why taking it???? Result??? Ask your DR. Your question is too vague for a legitimate answer. ...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?

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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How soon after starting 60mg of prednisone would I start having side effects. I'm so scared of this medicine. Anything u can tell me to relax?

May not have: Adverse effects on short term predinosne but some people may have GI symptoms or other adverse effects. Long term use has many adverse effects. The hypothylamic axis is suppressed in 2weeks or less. ...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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I am tapering of of prednisone. And went from 30 mg to 20 mg yesterday. Today we left for the beach and I forgot my medicine, will this cause meffecti?

Prednisone: It depends on why you're taking it and how long you've been taking it. The longer you've been taking it, the more dependent you are because your own adrenal function has been suppressed and any sudden withdrawal of Prednisone like what you described may result in unpredictable body response. If you've been on it for a short while, the condition for which you're on it may get worse or not improve. ...Read more

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What are some benefits and dangers of prednisone in treating pmr - polymyalgia rheumatica?

See answer: Benefits include resolution of pain. Risks include increase in cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, fragile skin and blood vessels, weight gain, mood changes, psychosis etc. Typically the benefits greatly outweigh the risks. ...Read more

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What medicine can replace prednisone?

Depends on disease: If you are asking what other similar medications (steroids) can be used there are several options such as medrol (methylprednisolone). If you are asking can you stop steroids completely and substitute another treatment - this is often but not always possible. It depends on your diagnosis. I suggest you discuss this with your doctor. ...Read more

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I want off of prednisone, will it hurt me if I drop the medicine completely?

Check with your Doct: Coming off steroids requires slow taper especially if you have been on them for more 2 weeks. So it has to be done under physician suppervision. There is definitely some withdrwal symptoms which can linger on for a few days. There is of course a small risk of flare up of the condition for which you were taking Prednisone for especially if it is a chronic disorder. ...Read more

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What are some problems of coming off of a steroid like prednisone too quickly?

What are some problems of coming off of a steroid like prednisone too quickly?

Adrenal crisis: The most serious, and potentially life threatening, is adrenal insufficiency. This can occur when you have taken steroids for a prolonged period of time (usually greater than 3 weeks) and then you abruptly stop them. The way to stop steroids in this case is to gradually decrease the dose slowly (taper). Other problems can be a flare of whatever disease you were treating with the steroids initially. ...Read more

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I was prescribed prednisone for an infection. I took one on 6/21. How long does the drug remain in your system?

About 24 - 48 hrs: Prednisone is not usually prescribed for infection. If it is done in that context, I suggest you do not stop it without informing your doctor. ...Read more

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Gonna start prednisone 40mg tomorrow for my Crohn's and I'm nervous about side effects. Can you tell me some side effects and what to do for them?

See below: Please consult the site given below for a list of side effects. You should notify your doctor if you notice any of these. Not all patients experience these side effects.
http://www. Mayoclinic. Com/health/steroids/hq01431. ...Read more

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Been on prednisone since October 6, 40mg. I have tapered down to 35 in total. Recently I have had some swelling. Will this go away after I taper to 0?

If by "swelling": You mean "edema" or fluid in your ankles etc the answer is YES it will go away. IN FACT a 40 mgm taper will usually cause NO PERMANENT side effects!


Hope this helps!
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If 10 mg of prednisone for x amount of days helps me during a debilitating lupus flare, does that mean my case is mild or are some people just really sensitive to prednisone?

If 10 mg of prednisone for x amount of days helps me during a debilitating lupus flare, does that mean my case is mild or are some people just really sensitive to prednisone?

Everyone differs: Everybody's lupus is different. You may have some symptoms but you may also may have some manifestations you don't even feel. Your physician can better able answer your question. This depends on what symptoms you have that are active lupus, plus what manifestations you have you can't feel. ...Read more

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I have been on prednisone for 5 months. Each week, I decreased the dosage in 10 mg; I went from 40 mg to 2.5 mgand then went completely off it. I feel sick. Is it normal or do I have some adrenal problems?

Tapering too quickly: The way to decrease or taper Prednisone is slowly but not too slowly. If you went from 40 to 30 per day that is a 25% drop and should be ok. If you went from 20 to 10 mg per day that is a 50% drop and may be too much of a decrease. The other concern is why you were on prednisone. Your underlying disease may be flaring now that you are on lower doses of prednisone. ...Read more

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I've been on 20mg/day of prednisone for the past 12 years for a severe latex allergy. Can I ever discontinue the use of this drug?

Probably not..: Since you have been on it at a significant dosage for so long, your adrenal glands are likely "suppressed", probably permanently by this time. So, my gues is that your chance of going off this medicine totally is rather low. Maybe you can lower the dose, but you should consult your doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can prednisone change your complexion some. I have lupus. My grandma was light skinned but got darker she always said it was prednisone?

Can prednisone change your complexion some. I have lupus. My grandma was light skinned but got darker she always said it was prednisone?

Prednisone: Skin pigmentation, redness, and facial hair are side effects of taking prednisone for a long period of time See a dermatologist or aesthetician if you are bothered by these symptoms. Do not abruptly stop prednisone, and always take as prescribed. ...Read more

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I was recently put on prednisone 20mg for a short time from being sick. Is there a generic drug that does the same, noticed helped my asthma much.

Generic Medication: Prednisone has a generic. However, you did not present your history. How long have you taken Prednisone and for condition. You did not say whether your doctor gave you a tapering dose. Prednisone has to be tapered to a lower dose and then discontinued. ...Read more

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I am on 10MG daily prednisone for COPD and would like to get off this drug but ever time I try to reduce the amount I take my O2 goes to about 85%?

Reconciling goals: Would suggest tapering on your symptoms, specifically shortness of breath. Another way would be to taper less at a time, for example 1 mg and give yourself couple of days to look for worsening symptoms. Otherwise you are caught in between 2 numbers, your saturation and the amount of prednisone that eventually you will have to compromise between by either accepting a lower saturation or 10 mg dose ...Read more

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Hives for 2 months, given prednisone yest. Since nothing helped. They all disappeared, but some larger ones have left light hickey like marks. Normal?

Hives for 2 months, given prednisone yest. Since nothing helped. They all disappeared, but some larger ones have left light hickey like marks. Normal?

Yes: Hives, or urticarial, are an inflammatory skin reaction. They can be very frustrating and usually a specific reason is not found. Inflammation of the skin can cause marks which may be darker or sometimes lighter than the surrounding skin. This will fade over time. ...Read more

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How long should I wait to take prednisone if I just took some ibuprofen?

How long should I wait to take prednisone if I just took some ibuprofen?

Don't need to: You can take these medications at the same time or separately, what ever suits you. They do not interfere with each other. ...Read more

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Is prednisone a good medicine for 3 year old asthma patient?

Is prednisone a good medicine for 3 year old asthma patient?

If needed yes: Often when a chid has an uncontrollable asthma flare, Prednisone is necessary to stop it. Regimens can differ but most include a short burst (several days) of a higher dose then slowly tapered. Prednisone hypes kids up so he may be more irritable. To avoid oral steroids, identify triggers and use controller medicine. Parent classes about asthma care help. Get a written asthma plan from his doctor. ...Read more

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Is it advisable to take five prednisone per day for five days? My sister was prescribed the drug for a persistent cough. Is this safe?

Is it advisable to take five prednisone per day for five days? My sister was prescribed the drug for a persistent cough. Is this safe?

Prednisone dosage: High doses of corticosteroids like prednisone cause serious health problems, but only with prolonged therapy. Five days treatment is entirely safe if not done repeatedly or too often. How effective it will be is another story, however. Perhaps worth a try, but often has little effect against symptoms of respiratory infection. ...Read more

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What is a better med then prednisone for sarcoidosis that is in the lymph nodes? Some being 17mm. This is cause my diabetes to hard to control.

What is a better med then prednisone for sarcoidosis that is in the lymph nodes? Some being 17mm. This is cause my diabetes to hard to control.

No known treatment: There is no known treatment for sarcoidosis, a poorly understood inflammatory disease. The steroids are to be used to control the symptoms and the inflammation and they should be tapered as soon as possible. ...Read more

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