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My COPD is flaring up, can I go ahead and take my left over prednisone?

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Dr. Aaron Milstone
Internal Medicine - Pulmonology
6 doctors agree

In brief: Yes and No

Prednisone is a good drug for COPD exacerbations but you should not start it unless you check with our healthcare provider first.
COPD exacerbations may also require antibiotic therapy and an increase in your inhaler frequency. It is always best to check in with your doctor before starting on prednisone.

In brief: Yes and No

Prednisone is a good drug for COPD exacerbations but you should not start it unless you check with our healthcare provider first.
COPD exacerbations may also require antibiotic therapy and an increase in your inhaler frequency. It is always best to check in with your doctor before starting on prednisone.
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Dr. Michael Borookhim
Internal Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: NOT A WISE IDEA

Prednisone as you are aware is a very amazing medication but it has many side effects.
If you are sick enough to be contemplating prednisone, you should see your doctor and let them evaluate you and decide how to proceed. Good luck.

In brief: NOT A WISE IDEA

Prednisone as you are aware is a very amazing medication but it has many side effects.
If you are sick enough to be contemplating prednisone, you should see your doctor and let them evaluate you and decide how to proceed. Good luck.
Dr. Michael Borookhim
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Dr. Paul Cohen
Family Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Ask your doctor!

Please consult with your doctor before doing this; because the medication may be expired.
Always a good idea to check in with your doctor any time a chronic condition(eg copd, colitis, etc.) flares up.

In brief: Ask your doctor!

Please consult with your doctor before doing this; because the medication may be expired.
Always a good idea to check in with your doctor any time a chronic condition(eg copd, colitis, etc.) flares up.
Dr. Paul Cohen
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Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine

In brief: Need evaluation ...

You need to see your doctor because COPD exacerbations can have different causes requiring different treatments.
And, steroid therapy may not be the right treatment for your current exacerbation. For example, some COPD exacerbations are due to infection requiring antibiotic therapy. This is why you need to see your doctor for evaluation and the correct treatment.

In brief: Need evaluation ...

You need to see your doctor because COPD exacerbations can have different causes requiring different treatments.
And, steroid therapy may not be the right treatment for your current exacerbation. For example, some COPD exacerbations are due to infection requiring antibiotic therapy. This is why you need to see your doctor for evaluation and the correct treatment.
Dr. Sue Ferranti
Dr. Sue Ferranti
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