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Dr. Thomas Namey
2,548 Doctors shared insights

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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Could prednisone and methotrexate affect apri birth control?

Could prednisone and methotrexate affect apri birth control?

Unlikey: You need birth control because methotrexate is a major danger to the fetus and causes miscarraiges and you can not get pregnant on it. ...Read more

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Does prednisone 60mg affect the birth control pill mycroginon?

Does prednisone 60mg affect the birth control pill mycroginon?

No interaction: There is no interaction between these two medications. However, your body may not process your corticosteroid properly and it might cause prednisone's side effects. Rec.: for more information talk to your prescribing physician. ...Read more

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I was on prednisone & levquin for 7 days while also taking birth control. Hubby and I had sex a few times during that week. Should I be concerned?

I was on prednisone & levquin for 7 days while also taking birth control. Hubby and I had sex a few times during that week. Should I be concerned?

No.: Your being on the pill almost certainly negates pregnancy risk, but in the future negate all chances with barrier protection if you are on meds that can cause fetal harm! ...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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Does prednisone 20mg affect the birth control pill loestrin 24?

Does prednisone 20mg affect the birth control pill loestrin 24?

No interaction: Prednisone treats quite a few conditions and also interacts with quite a few medications, but fortunately not so much with birth control pills, in general. Unfortunately, unexpected reaction can occur with any med or combination of meds, thus always use with caution. Use smallest effective dose for shortest duration possible. Consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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Had unprotected sex while on birth control but on antibiotic axithromicin 500 mg and prednisone? . Scared

Had unprotected sex while on birth control but on antibiotic axithromicin 500 mg and prednisone? . Scared

Antibiotics can: Sometimes decrease the effectiveness of the oral contraceptive pill. It is tough to determine if you are truly at risk. A pregnancy test may help determine if you are pregnant. Good luck! ...Read more

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Does the steroid prednisone have an affect on birth control such as the mirena (levonorgestrel)?

No: In general by itself no, but if you have a medical problem like lupus and steroids control it you may have a greater chance of getting pregnant and having a successful pregnancy. It is not an iud. ...Read more

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Does prednisone interact with the birth control pill (alesse)?

Does prednisone interact with the birth control pill (alesse)?

Depends on the pill: It depends on the birth control pill. Some pills are associated with electrolyte abnormalities such as potassium and Prednisone can also exaccerbate this as well. You may also have more fluid retention and could have elevated blood pressure. Talk with your prescribing physician to see in more detail. ...Read more

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My pharmacist said to use backup birth control while taking a 10 day course of prednisone and my birth control pill, a tricyclic. Is this necessary?

My pharmacist said to use backup birth control while taking a 10 day course of prednisone and my birth control pill, a tricyclic. Is this necessary?

Nonsense: I am not aware of this and would have you ask your pharmacist to get the data and then you take it to your physician. After that have your pharmcist apologize for misinformation ...Read more

Dr. Jeff Livingston
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Contraception (Definition)

Contraceptiion is a means of preventing conception (or fertilization). There are hormonal and non hormonal methods of preventing sperm and egg from meeting. Talk to your doctor or clinic about what options are best for you. There are short acting methods (condoms, pills, patch, ring) and long ...Read more


Dr. Harinder Gill
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Birth Control (Definition)

Also known as contraception, birth control is a method to prevent pregnancy. Some methods of birth control include a vasectomy, tubal ligation, oral contraceptive pills, vaginal rings, hormone injections, condoms, diaphragms, sponges, ...Read more