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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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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

It's : It's hard to know how worried to be. On the one hand, coughs are frequent this time of year and 99 degrees does not even qualify as a fever. On the other hand, he is on steroids that can decrease the immune response and allow an infection to progress. Where is his pain? Is it an old pain, related to the ankylosing spondylitis, or a new pain? Does he have any redness or sores? Is he breathing deeper or more rapidly? Is he coughing anything up? Does he feel tired and sick? If there are any other worrisome symptoms, then he should be seen immediately to prevent a worsening infection. Usually your gut can tell you when something is not right. ...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?

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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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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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)

Coughing is an important way to keep your throat and airways clear. However, excessive coughing may mean you have an underlying disease or disorder. Some coughs are dry, while others are considered productive. A productive cough is one ...Read more


Dr. John Feola
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Liquid Pred (Definition)

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