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I'm 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?

I'm 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 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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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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On prednisone for cough, weaning off next 4 days. Can I have a few alcohol drinks this weekend while taking doses 20mg or less / day of prednisone?

On prednisone for cough, weaning off next 4 days. Can I have a few alcohol drinks this weekend while taking doses 20mg or less / day of prednisone?

A "few": When it comes to alcohol is beverages is far too "general" to be good medical advice.... Since both Prednisone and alcohol are GASTRIC IRRITANTS, I (personally...my opinion only) would NOT have a drink until I have concluding my Prednisone therapy!!!

Hope this helps
Dr Z ...Read more

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Took prednisone for 1st time today prescribed for cough. Ended up w/ terrible pounding headache all day. Should I stop taking it?

Took prednisone for 1st time today prescribed for cough. Ended up w/ terrible pounding headache all day. Should I stop taking it?

No: Headache is not a common side effect of prednisone - it’s hard to say if it’s from the drug, coughing, or illness. Would recommend Tylenol for headache (not aspirin or ibuprofen). See if the headache is any better on day 2. If not or it worsens, get in touch with the doctor who prescribed the prednisone for additional guidance or a potential change in therapy. ...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

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I woke up with a pain in my side. It hurts when I cough or move certain ways. I just finished a med pack of prednisone for wheezing. Should I worry?

I woke up with a pain in my side. It hurts when I cough or move certain ways. I just finished a med pack of prednisone for wheezing. Should I worry?

Probably OK: If you had had violent coughing spells when you had the asthma attack, this may well cause chest cage pain (costochrondritis). This usually improves in a couple of weeks. If not, then you need to talk your doctor for further assessment. ...Read more

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Could taking prednisone for my cough affect my getting over the flu by depressing my immune system?

Could taking prednisone for my cough affect my getting over the flu by depressing my immune system?

Yes and no: This is always a balancing act. Yes, high doses of Prednisone can decrease the responsiveness of your immune system, but the sleep disruption from a severe cough can be just as immunosuppressive. Particularly if you have asthma, it is helpful to take steroids to treat the cough; once you're able to get a full night's rest for a few days, you'll be able to fight off the virus despite the prednisone. ...Read more

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I can't get rid of a cough that starts mid chest. I'm taking prednisone & clarithamycin (3 days). Up half the night. How can I get rid of it.?

More information: You may need a chest xray, inhalent, or other breathing treatments as well as antireflux medication. Asthma can be set off by lying flat if you are having reflux. Discuss your diagnosis with your doctor (asthma versus bronchitis versus infection, etc) and that will give you a time line and a game plan. ...Read more

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Cyclic barking cough occurs every 3-4 weeks. Diagnosed with asthma and allergies. Meds don't help. Only thing that takes it away is prednisone. Help!

Cyclic barking cough occurs every 3-4 weeks. Diagnosed with asthma and allergies. Meds don't help. Only thing that takes it away is prednisone. Help!

Allergy cough: Chronic coughing episodes can be very difficult to diagnose. About 90% of the time, they are due to asthma, postnatal drainage (allergies or infections cause this) or reflux; the other 10% of the time, rare conditions. Sometimes multiple common causes. You mentioned having allergies but not using antihistamines, nasal sprays, shots or avoidance. Have your sinuses checked + don't smoke! Try a ppi. ...Read more

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Taking 20 mg tablets of prednisone for a cough, I take them twice daily for 5 days. Will this weaken the effectiveness of my birth control (natazia)?

Taking 20 mg tablets of prednisone for a cough, I take them twice daily for 5 days. Will this weaken the effectiveness of my birth control (natazia)?

It is possible that: The prednisone could temporarily weaken the effectiveness; therefore I would recommend that you either refrain from sexual activity while on it, or be sure to use condoms (which I recommend you use anyway). ...Read more

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After finish antibiotics, cough syrup prednisone medications to treat bronchitis, is it normal after 1 week to feel chest congestions and cough again?

After finish antibiotics, cough syrup prednisone medications to treat bronchitis, is it normal after 1 week to feel chest congestions and cough again?

Yes: However it is important to get in touch with our prescribing doctor. Something should get better by now examples--- shortness of breath, sputum production, sputum color etc. The respiratory epithelium is replaced by an young immature epithelium (lining of the breathing tubes) as a part of the healing process. It is very sensitive to stimuli resulting in prolonged cough (upto 6 weeks). ...Read more

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Hi, my 5 month old daughter is taking prednisone for cough, wheezing she had for 3 weeks. Medicine not working. Is it possible she could have pneumonia?

Hi, my 5 month old daughter is taking prednisone for cough, wheezing she had for 3 weeks. Medicine not working. Is it possible she could have pneumonia?

Time for recheck: Your story line is confusing. Several weeks of cough & wheeze is common in bronchiolitis & if the kid feeding ok & playful a 3-5 day rx of Prednisone might help some. I would want a chest x-ray to know if there was more than a viral process going on. If the kid is feeding poorly & seldom plays, a recheck is needed. ...Read more

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Any home remedies for a bad deep cough from asthma & allergies? My dr put me on prednisone yesterday. I can't stand constantly coughing anymore! Any OTC meds/ home remedies that I could try?

Any home remedies for a bad deep cough from asthma & allergies? My dr put me on prednisone yesterday. I can't stand constantly coughing anymore! Any OTC meds/ home remedies that I could try?

Stick with doctor: Your doctor knows what is best for you. Give it a chance to work. Do not fiddle with home cures, otc meds or other things. Listen to your doctor. ...Read more

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I hv bronchiti I am on antibiotic & prednisone since wed. I still wheezing & cough occastionaly. Is ok 2 c 3yr old who just hd bronchitis 2 wk ago?

I hv bronchiti I am on antibiotic & prednisone since wed. I still wheezing & cough occastionaly. Is ok 2 c 3yr old who just hd bronchitis 2 wk ago?

Yes: Although bronchitis is generally caused by a virus and therefore not helped by antibiotics, you should be fine. The reason antibiotics are sometimes prescribed is that as we get older, we are at increased risk for secondary infections, like pneumonia. Since the 3 year old just had bronchitis, his/her immune system should be in full gear. Have fun! ...Read more

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I have had a dry wheezing cough for 5 weeks...worse when I lay down to sleep...have albuterol and now prednisone, no help. Never have smoked. Now what?

Possibilities....: A steroid inhaler would get the steroids in high concentrations locally in the airways so it may help to add that. In addition, you need to be treated for GERD, especially given that your symptoms worsen when you lie down. Reflux can definitely give you the cough you describe. I would also treat for post-nasal drip by adding a steroid nasal spray. Hopefully, this will get rid of your cough!!! ...Read more

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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?

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?

Dry cough: She is at higher risk of infection of course. Has she travelled? Fever? Could be viral, bacterial or less likely fungal. Sorry I cannot give a more detailed answer without more information! ...Read more

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Cyclic horrible bark cough q 3 wks. On ppi, asthma inhalers, and singulair (montelukast). Nothing works except prednisone but I can't take that life long. Desperate?

Post-nasal drip?: When treating a chronic cough, you must treat every possible contributor to the cough or it won't resolve. Post-nasal drip or any sinus condition can result in bronchospasm and, thus, the cough. Perhaps you need to add a nasal steroid spray to your regimen in addition to a steroid inhaler and your other meds. You may need a very slow steroid taper to get to the lowest possible effective dose. ...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