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Why would my doctor prescribe prednisone and antibiotics for bronchitis?

Why would my doctor prescribe prednisone and antibiotics for bronchitis?

Assist breathing: Bronchitis could cause a tight sensation in the chest. Prednisone is a steroid that works to open up the bronchioles. Prednsione can sometimes help to improve the tight sensation. It also helps to improve wheezing if it is heard on physical examination. ...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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Is prednisone typical treatment for a stye? Doc prescribed 60mg/day 5 days which seems overkill. Also gave antibiotics which I expected.

Not particularly: I never had occasion to use in over more than 3 decades in primary care. That said, I do not have your history or exam findings and am not informed of any additional issues at the visit. Sounds lie you need to communicate more with the treating doc. ...Read more

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My doctor prescribe prednisone for my hives for a week. It didn't go away, its been 5months & I'm still taking anti histamine so it won't appear everyday?

My doctor prescribe prednisone for my hives for a week. It didn't go away, its been 5months & I'm still taking anti histamine so it won't appear everyday?

Common: That's common with chronic urticaria, prednisone was to control a flare up, and not to eradicate it altogether, you still have to be on daily antihistamines to control the chronic condition, better see an allergist / dermatologist if you haven't done so already, check aaaai. Org or acaai. Org for an allergist in your area, good luck ...Read more

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Pos cerv node swollen for a month pea sized mobile, 2 rounds of antibiotics, prednisone, doc not concerned, how long is time to be concerned?

Pos cerv node swollen for a month pea sized mobile, 2 rounds of antibiotics, prednisone, doc not concerned, how long is time to be concerned?

Cervical node: If it is pea sized and mobile it sounds like a safe lymph node. Worrisome lymph nodes are generally larger; about an inch and are not mobile and often there are more than 1. Continue to follow up with your doctor and if it changes; consider a biopsy. All the best. ...Read more

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What do doctors prescribe prednisone with cephalexin for?

What do doctors prescribe prednisone with cephalexin for?

Caution: Sometimes some doctors are not sure if there is inflammation or infection or both. Main thing is; if viral, don't give abx, if infection don't give prednisone. Exceptions may include asthma triggered by infection. ...Read more

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Do doctors prescribe 60mg of prednisone for chest congestion?

Do doctors prescribe 60mg of prednisone for chest congestion?

Sometimes: That depends on the cause & the severity. For instance, if a person had severe asthma - Prednisone may be prescribed to help them breath. ...Read more

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Why would a doctor prescribe prednisone when a patient has an infection?

Why would a doctor prescribe prednisone when a patient has an infection?

Not usually used: Most infections are not treated with steroids since many times steroids can make infections worse. On rare occassions, steroid nose sprays are used in the treatment of sinus infections. In rare brain or CNS inections, steroids can be of benefit. I think most physicians would agree that steroids are not typically used for infection. ...Read more

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I am a 50 years old female just diagnosed wit vey low platelet 4000 the doctor prescribe prednisone to her is that a good option?

I am a 50 years old female just diagnosed wit vey low platelet 4000 the doctor prescribe prednisone to her is that a good option?

Possibly, yes: Thrombocytopenia or low platelets have a variety of causes. It may be immune mediated or Idiopathic which means we don't know the cause. (ITP). It can be transient, acute or chronic or recurrent. It may be associated with hematologic malignancies as well and a bone marrow biopsy may be need.
Prednisone is often the first line treatment and plasmapharesis, vincristine and gmcsf are sometimes used. ...Read more

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Why would a doctor prescribes prednisone?

Why would a doctor prescribes prednisone?

Prednisone: Prednisone is used for many medical conditions. As a corticosteroid, it is mostly used for it's anti inflamatory effect as is the case with poison ivy, asthma, severe allergic reactions, etc. ...Read more

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I got a rash (that is almost gone) all over my body from an antibiotic, doctor took me off and put me on prednisone. Can I still tan in a tanning bed?

I got a rash (that is almost gone) all over my body from an antibiotic, doctor took me off and put me on prednisone. Can I still tan in a tanning bed?

Rash: Rash is a sign of irritated or inflamed skin. When you actually tan, that is an expression of Skin Damage. You may have worsening of your rash, independently of the recommendation to avoid tanning beds in the first place. ...Read more

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I'm having p.rosea right now almost 10weeks. And my doctors prescribe me a prednisone and im taking it almost a month. Does prednisone safe in my case?

I'm having p.rosea right now almost 10weeks. And my doctors prescribe me a prednisone and im taking it almost a month. Does prednisone safe in my case?

Maybe, maybe not: Almost all medicines have potential adverse effects. The art of medicine is balancing those against their potential benefit. Side-effects of Prednisone are related to its dose and duration of taking. They include: diabetes, stretch marks on skin, thinning of bones, hypertension, psychiatric changes. Discuss with your doctor whether the ratio of risk to benefit is favorable for you. ...Read more

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What lung infection would make doctors prescribe prednisone, levequine, and hycodan (hydrocodone)?

What lung infection would make doctors prescribe prednisone, levequine, and hycodan (hydrocodone)?

Pneumonia: A severe bronchitis, an asthmatic bronchitis or a pneumonia might be an indication for the drugs you have listed. The Prednisone would help with the inflammatory reaction causing wheezing and shortness of air, the Levaquin (levofloxacin) is an antibiotic and the Hycodan is to help alleviate the coughing. ...Read more

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Doctor for a couple of months I have had to take prednisone, and some antibiotic, for bronchitis, and severe allergy's, symptoms, some wheezing, mucus?

See allergist: Prednisone is not usually used fir treating allergic problem except in emergency situation such as asthma attack. I suspect that your problem is asthma and would urge you to consult an allergist. ...Read more

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My husband is already on an antibiotic and Prednisone for strep throat. Now his eyes are red. Should he go back to a doctor? Or is this common?

My husband is already on an antibiotic and Prednisone for strep throat. Now his eyes are red. Should he go back to a doctor? Or is this common?

Yes he should return: Was he tested for strep infection? I wonder if he could have a viral infection that affects the throat and the eyes. It is unclear if the redness is due to inflammation of the conjunctiva or bleeding into the conjunctiva, any eye discharge etc. At any rate he should return to the MD for re-evaluation. Take care.
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I have an upper respiratory infection how long am I contagious? Doctor gave me an antibotic and prednisone do I need both?

URI contagious: If you have a viral upper respiratory infection, two - three days. If you have a bacterial respiratory infection, which may follow the viral uri, generally this is not contagious. Bacterial infections generally follow the insult from the virus. Antibiotics will shorten the duration of a bacterial infection. Prednisone speeds up recovery quickest, but should be used with caution. ...Read more

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Prednisone prescribed for pneumonia no antibiotics. 4th day and now getting worse. Keep waking up body temp rise and can't breathe is this normal?

No: If really pneumonia it would not be treated with just prednisone. There are inflammatory conditions of the lung that behave like pneumonia and might be treated with Prednisone alone. In any case if getting worse either way someone should contact their doctor right away, and if very short of breath may even need to go to the emergency room. ...Read more

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My doctor prescribed prednisone to me for my bronchitis. What does it do specifically to aid in getting over the bronchitis?

Fights inflammation: Prednisone is a strong anti-inflammatory medication. Perhaps you have had some narrowing of your bronchial tubes - and maybe some wheezing. Prednisone may help these symptoms. Prednisone is usually taken for a brief period of time, though. Taking it for long periods may increase your risk for diabetes, obesity, and bone thinning. But taken for a brief period may help your symptoms greatly. ...Read more

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My orthopedic doctor prescribed me Xanax (alprazolam) and prednisone together. Is that a bad mix? I'm scared to take them.

My orthopedic doctor prescribed me Xanax (alprazolam) and prednisone together. Is that a bad mix? I'm scared to take them.

Should be OK: There is no interaction between prednisone and Xanax (alprazolam). Remember that Xanax (alprazolam) is highly addictive and should be used for only a short period. ...Read more

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My doctor prescribed prednisone 20mg tab. For acute tonsillitis for 7 days twice a day. What are the short term side effects?

Sugars, appetite: Short use of Prednisone can cause increased appetite, rises in blood sugar, temporary weight gain (mostly fluid), and nervousness. Often people have no problem with that dose and frequency, and the relieve achieved often overshadows the possible side-effects. ...Read more

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I was prescribed antibiotics & prednisone for a bug bite that caused an allergic reaction & became infected Do I absolutely have to take the steroids?

I was prescribed antibiotics & prednisone for a bug bite that caused an allergic reaction & became infected Do I absolutely have to take the steroids?

No: I would take the abx but the steroids are optional. They actually similar to stress hormones your body already makes, and a short course may help, but you could chose to go without with no significant risk. ...Read more

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How does a doctor know which antibiotic to prescribe?

How does a doctor know which antibiotic to prescribe?

Training/education: A combination of medical training, knowledge of the bacterial spectrum of specific antibiotics and bacterial resistance patterns, and use of published treatment guidelines. ...Read more

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My daughter have cough with thick mucus. Doctor prescribe cefixime for 5 days. Why antibiotic for just cough?

My daughter have cough with thick mucus. Doctor prescribe cefixime for 5 days. Why antibiotic for just cough?

URI: Difficult to know since your doctor was able to examine her and we cannot. She may have had strep throat, sinus infection, and so on. Or it is possible that the doctor was just playing it safe. ...Read more

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I went to the doctor and told me I have fluids in both of my ears. And I'm still feeling off balance. She prescribe antibiotic but still I feel dizz.

Lose the fluid: You need to encourage drainage of the fluid, which if otherwise healthy, can be done with Pseudoephedrine orally or afrin (/generic) nasal spray for a day or two until the antibiotic gets a foothold. That should help your balance/dizziness. Good luck. ...Read more

Dr. John Leander Po
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Antibiotic (Definition)

An antibiotic is a medicine that slows, stops, or kills germs. The germs are usually bacteria causing an infection in a person, so the person uses antibiotics to help his body get ...Read more


Dr. John Feola
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Liquid Pred (Definition)

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