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Im on 30 mg of prednisone and a puffer ever four hours for the past two days but it has no effect or has not helped the cough is that bad?

Im on 30 mg of prednisone and a puffer ever four hours for the past two days but it has no effect or has not helped the cough is that bad?

It depends: How long have you had the cough? How disruptive is it? Are you coughing up yellow sputum? Do you smoke? You may need antibiotics. Another modality to try is to put one bottle of hydrogen peroxide into a humidifier, and two bottles (same size) of water. That gives a 1% aerosolized solution of peroxide. Kills virus and bacteria on contact, and breaks down into water and oxygen. ...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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I've had a bad cough for weeks, I got Prednisone but scared to take it. Is it safe for 10 days?

I've had a bad cough for weeks, I got Prednisone but scared to take it. Is it safe for 10 days?

Yes:: Hopefully it is low dose and should be tapered down as a 6--5-4-3-2-1 dosing over 6 days. Dome physicians just use a twice a day course for no more than 7 days. I always recommend taking this medication on a full stomach and check for side effects: nervousness, stomach irriation, insomnia, etc. ...Read more

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My son just arrived back from a five week trip to Shanghai. He is congested, and has a HORRIBLE COUGH. The dr prescribed prednisone. Is that correct?

My son just arrived back from a five week trip to Shanghai. He is congested, and has a HORRIBLE COUGH.  The dr prescribed prednisone. Is that correct?

Asthma?: Prednisone will relieve airway inflammation in a flare of asthma. Sometimes even in patients without a diagnosis of asthma, wheezing can develop as a result of bronchitis, and prednisone can help ease breathing in this context. It will not treat the underlying cause of a respiratory infection which is usually a virus, and only time, rest and proper support/self-care treats viral bronchitis. ...Read more

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Should i be worried my son, aged 19, has just started taking prednisone (5mg) once a day and is on a loading phase of 3 tabs, 3 tabs, 3 tabs, 2, 2, and 2. He is on the last day of this phase and has started to cough and has a temp of 99. He is in pain and

Should i be worried my son, aged 19, has just started taking prednisone (5mg) once a day and is on a loading phase of 3 tabs, 3 tabs, 3 tabs, 2, 2, and 2. He is on the last day of this phase and has started to cough and has a temp of 99. He is in pain and

Why ?: Prednisone is an anti-inflammatory agent that mimics a stress hormone made by the adrenal glans in humans. They estimate we all release the equivalent of 5 mg of prednisone /d.This is a relatively low dose & fits with treating a minor issue.This is unlikely to cause "roid rage" or changes to muscles.Steroids can do a lot of good when used appropriately but there is some bad press out there ...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. 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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Dr prescribed 3 days of 2ml liquid prednisone for 11months olds' asthma and cough, but its day 4 and he's not better. Can I keep giving it to him?

Dr prescribed 3 days of 2ml liquid prednisone for 11months olds' asthma and cough, but its day 4 and he's not better. Can I keep giving it to him?

See your doctor: I would advise you follow back up with their physician to make sure something else has not developed. As they saw him recently, they will be the best equiped to evaluate if a change in treatment is necessary. ...Read more

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How often can a steroid burst safely be done? Took 5days prednisone 3wks ago, now need help again for horrible cough. Dangerous to do another burst?

How often can a steroid burst safely be done? Took 5days prednisone 3wks ago, now need help again for horrible cough. Dangerous to do another burst?

Dangerous w/o superv: Coughing is not best treated with steroids. If you just finished about of using the prednisone, and you feel you need steroids again to control your symptoms of coughing., then you need to call your doctor first to let her or him know that you're having the same symptoms. Then s/he will decide what is best for you to take for your cough, since you have a celiac history. You need to be under medical supervision. This is the safest route. ...Read more

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Taking 3rd round of prednisone within 7 weeks, this time for severe cough. allergic to most other meds (hives), options limited. am i in danger?

Taking 3rd round of prednisone within 7 weeks, this time for severe cough. allergic to most other meds (hives), options limited. am i in danger?

H2O2 Humidifier: Try using 1 bottle of hydrogen peroxide and 2 bottles of water in a humidifier, and run it all the time wherever you are. That will give you an aerosolized solution of 1% peroxide, which will kill viruses and bacteria on contact when you breath it in, which will then break down into water and oxygen. Completely non-toxic, and should hasten your recovery. ...Read more

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Cough (Definition)

The cough reflex is a protective mechanism that uses muscles in your throat and chest to expel mucous and saliva that may contain pathogens that would otherwise possibly be inhaled via aerosol or to expel pathogens infecting the throat and respiratory system. Cough benefits the host by reducing load and benefits the pathogen which may then spread via aerosol. ...Read more


Dr. John Feola
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Liquid Pred (Definition)

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