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Is it advisable to take 2 packs of steroid dose?

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Posted on Fri, 25 Sep 2015
Question: I took a steroid dose pack of 6 days andfinished and the primary care wants me to take another dose pack for another 6 days....is it ok to take 2 doses of that
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Answered by Dr. Panagiotis Zografakis (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
please provide more details

Detailed Answer:
Hello,

please inform me about the name of the drug that your doctor prescribed to you and the reason that he did so (the diagnosis).
Also please mention any other medical problems you may have (your medical history that is), including other drugs.

I'll be glad to comment on your case when you provide the necessary details.

Kind Regards!
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Panagiotis Zografakis (51 minutes later)
I have back pain and pain into buttocks and down r leg to knee. He gave me metylpredisolone or 6 days... Ending yesterday... It had helped and he wants to give me another round because still there in butt and down leg to knee but imprived
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Answered by Dr. Panagiotis Zografakis (17 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
High doses of methylprednisolone may cause adrenal suppression

Detailed Answer:
Thanks for the additional info!
Methylprednisolone is a very potent corticosteroid with anti-inflammatory activity. High dose methylprednisolone may cause adrenal suppression. We usually avoid administering such drugs unless absolutely necessary. I usually advise my patients to avoid corticosteroids when they are well enough to try less potent drugs like paracetamol or even the non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).

Taking methylprednisolone for more than a few days is likely to cause adrenal suppression so I would advise against its use unless your doctor believes this is the only solution.

Kind Regards!
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Panagiotis Zografakis (6 minutes later)
Thanks!
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Answered by Dr. Panagiotis Zografakis (3 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
You're welcome!

Detailed Answer:
Glad to help! Best wishes for a speedy recovery!
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Dr. Panagiotis Zografakis

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Is it advisable to take 2 packs of steroid dose?

Brief Answer: please provide more details Detailed Answer: Hello, please inform me about the name of the drug that your doctor prescribed to you and the reason that he did so (the diagnosis). Also please mention any other medical problems you may have (your medical history that is), including other drugs. I'll be glad to comment on your case when you provide the necessary details. Kind Regards!