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Will methylprednisolone suppress my immune system?

I was prescribed a 6 pack of methlprednisolone today for my back and neck . I just started it this afternoon. My friend came over after a bad cold or flu thing better, but still stuffy and blowing her nose . Won t this medicine suppress my immune system? She brought me coffee which I handled and didn t wash my hands before I ate. The only reason i am concerned is that I have a huge test I can not miss the end of the week.
Asked On : Fri, 6 Apr 2012
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Hello and welcome to

Yes, steroids can suppress your immune system. However, in an healthy adult, one dose will not suppress your immune system. The dose pack you were prescribed is also a relatively low dose. You may however, contract your friend's illness if you did not wash your hands. Viruses are spread commonly through contact.

Be well (and good luck on your test),
Dr. Kimberly
Answered: Fri, 6 Apr 2012
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