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I've been on prednisone taper but had to increase dose due to withdrawal symptoms. At higher does symptoms are re-occurring. Cause for concern?

I've been on prednisone taper but had to increase dose due to withdrawal symptoms.  At higher does symptoms are re-occurring.  Cause for concern?

Yes: Regardless of the reason you were taking Prednisone in the first place, chronic use of Prednisone is not recommended as it is known to cause glaucoma, insomnia, low bone density to only name a few things. Taper slowly if you need, but taper off the steroids over time. The longer you have been on it, the slower the taper needs to be. ...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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On prednisone x1yr.Now on 4mg.Normally take at 6am in morning but can't take until 3pm due to ACTH test.Might I run into withdrawal symptoms that day?

On prednisone x1yr.Now on 4mg.Normally take at 6am in morning but can't take until 3pm due to ACTH test.Might I run into withdrawal symptoms that day?

ACTH: I don't understand the 3 pm timing but no harm from that. I really doubt that waiting till 3 will affect you but if it does cancel your appointment and take your medicine. Then call your doctor and explained wby. ...Read more

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Have lupus.Struggling w/ prednisone taper below 5mg(head fog, pleuritic chest pain,body aches).MD said it's withdrawal symptoms & best to push thru sx.True?

Rheumatologist: Prednisone dose of 5 mgs or less is a low dose and since you're having pleuritic pain and other discomfort,your lupus may not be controlled. A rheumatologist is best qualified to evaluate and treat you. ...Read more

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What are the most obvious symptoms of prednisone withdrawal and how long do they last?

What are the most obvious symptoms of prednisone withdrawal and how long do they last?

Depends: May depend on the dosage used and the duration of treatment. Stopping abruptly after a long course and high dosage can be a disaster causing life threatening results. More modest dosage may lead to joint pain when the anti-inflamatory effect of the Prednisone is removed. ...Read more

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Had been Prednisone for 14 days. Started at 20mg/day, increased to 40mg/day then stopped cold. Now having night sweats. Is it a withdrawal symptom?

No: A short course of prednisone should still be tapered, though the danger is little. The night sweats aren't withdrawal. You need proper medical workup including having your heart checked -- it would be a shame to miss endocarditis -- and a search for other causes. ...Read more

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Off prednisone for over 2 weeks and still having bad withdrawals. Was only on it for a week to treat bronchitis symptoms. How long to sleep well again?

Off prednisone for over 2 weeks and still having bad withdrawals. Was only on it for a week to treat bronchitis symptoms. How long to sleep well again?

Something else: I don't think what you're experiencing has anything to do with the short course of prednisone. Consider looking in other areas to find the cause. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Dr tapering me off prednisone slowly after just finishing flu. Seizure started a few days ago. Can this be symptoms of withdrawal? Also have headache

Dr tapering me off prednisone slowly after just finishing flu. Seizure started a few days ago. Can this be symptoms of withdrawal? Also have headache

Well : Generally stopping prednisone does not cause a seizure. The seizure is an emergency someone who has this should call 911. The seizure requires consult with the primary care doctor or neurologist in person seek immediate medical attention. ...Read more

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What is it like to suffer from withdrawal symptoms?

What is it like to suffer from withdrawal symptoms?

Withdrawal: Sense of discomfort with other physical symptoms depending on the substance u r withdrawing from. ...Read more

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What are some withdrawal symptoms from depressants?

Discontinuation : Withdrawal symptoms vary depending on the type of antidepressant. The ssris like Prozac and snris (effexor (venlafaxine) and cymbalta) all cause the same type: irritability, lightheadedness, strange sensations when turning one's head, malaise (like a flu without the fever) and even electric shock sensations down the neck, back and extremities. Tca's cause other effects -- diarrhea, runny nose, insomnia.... ...Read more

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What are the withdrawal symptoms after quitting weed?

Can be many: Research suggests that a cannabis withdrawal syndrome exists. Symptoms include; restlessness, anorexia, irritability and insomnia that begin less than 24 hours after discontinuation of marijuana, peak in intensity on days 2 to 4, and last for seven to 10 days. In my experience patients can also suffer from serious depression and anxiety symptoms as well, and sometimes vivid dreams. Can last longer ...Read more

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Withdrawal symptoms from depressants can include what?

Withdrawal symptoms from depressants can include what?

Withdrawal sxs occur: When sudden discontinuation of antidepressants occur. Symptoms may be physical and/or psychological and may include, dizziness, nausea, tremor, anxiety, crying, irritability, lack of focus, confusion and muscle aches to name a few. Some antidepressants cause more sxs than others and sxs can be avoided by a gradual taper. ...Read more

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What are the withdrawal symptoms for alcohol?

What are the withdrawal symptoms for alcohol?

See below: Shakes, anxiety , increased pulse and pressure beginning 12 hrs, maxing 24-48 hrs and resolving by 72 hrs. In more sever cases there is agitation, confusion which in the most severe case is termed dts (delerium tremens) and can be fatal. Seizures and hallucinations may also seen but are separate from dts. In more sever cases- it takes 7-10 days for symptoms to resolve. ...Read more

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What are the withdrawal symptoms of insulin ?

What are the withdrawal symptoms of insulin
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Withdrawal?: Only patients with diabetes take insulin. If they stop taking it, then blood sugars go up very high and may cause a life-threatening metabolic emergency called, diabetic ketoacidosis (dka). Though patients with type 2 diabetes don't normally get dka, high blood sugars will cause other problems. ...Read more

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Are there withdrawal symptoms when stopping refalen?

Are there withdrawal symptoms when stopping refalen?

Possible, not likely: Relafen (nabumetone) is a non steroidal anti -inflammatory. Stronger than Aspirin and less than cortisone products. It has many side effects. Withdrawal symptoms, meaning a consistent set of issues that arise when the drug is stopped abruptly.Thishas not been reported. However, I have had people describe a return of their original complaints when the drug is halted. This is relapse and not withdrawal. ...Read more

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What were your toughest withdrawal symptoms from tobacco?

First 3 Days: After 3-5 days since one's last use of nicotine, there is no more in the body. Drinking more fluids can help it flush out faster. I encourage some my patients to try switching from cigarettes to nicorette (nicotine gum) gum- 4 mg and the uncoated mint. One chews it different from real gum so read the insert. Once a smoker gets used to the gum and over the cigarettes, the gum is tapered and discontinued. ...Read more

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What are the withdrawal symptoms from cyclobenzaprine. ?

Anxiety : Withdrawal from cyclobenzaprine caqn cause anxiety and insomnia akso it can cause abnormal dreams . Because it has a tricyclic structure it can cause deprssion . To avoid this is prudent to slowly decrease to avoid uncomfortable symptoms. ...Read more

Dr. Stuart Wasser
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Withdrawal Symptoms (Definition)

Withdrawal symptoms are physical or psychological sx's which can occur when a person ceases to use a substance that they are addicted to. Possible examples might include: nausea, vomiting, anxiety, insomnia, ...Read more


Dr. John Feola
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Liquid Pred (Definition)

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