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My grandfather is 84 years old he is diagnosed with sciatica. He is prescribed prednisolone 4mg what is consequences on long term use with this drug.

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Dr. Qamar Khan
Pain Management
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In brief: Lots

However conventional wisdom is that if you haven't gotten enough relief with one Medrol (methylprednisolone) dose pack, unlikely its better to give more.
In fact new research is showing that your risk of fracture increases almost 400% after one oral dosepack of steroids. You are better off getting an epidural steroid injection instead. Risk still exists but way less compared to oral steroids.

In brief: Lots

However conventional wisdom is that if you haven't gotten enough relief with one Medrol (methylprednisolone) dose pack, unlikely its better to give more.
In fact new research is showing that your risk of fracture increases almost 400% after one oral dosepack of steroids. You are better off getting an epidural steroid injection instead. Risk still exists but way less compared to oral steroids.
Dr. Qamar Khan
Dr. Qamar Khan
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Dr. Ben Pradhan
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
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In brief: Usually not much

Short term steroids usually don't have a lot of side effects unless you are diabetic (can raise your blood sugar level).
Long term use (weeks to months) can cause weight gain, loss of bone density, etc.

In brief: Usually not much

Short term steroids usually don't have a lot of side effects unless you are diabetic (can raise your blood sugar level).
Long term use (weeks to months) can cause weight gain, loss of bone density, etc.
Dr. Ben Pradhan
Dr. Ben Pradhan
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