Prednisolone

What is Prednisolone?

Prednisolone can also be used as an immunosuppressive drug for organ transplants and in cases of adrenal insufficiency (Addison's disease). Corticosteroids inhibit the inflammatory response to a variety of inciting agents.

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I have been on prednisolone continuously for almost 15 years and apparently my natural 'cortosol' production is reduced. I've had multiple bypasses and it seems there is one artery virtually closed at the junction with the back of my heart. I developed asevere AF after my heart operation 9 years ago, and had RF Ablations because a pacemaker was not optimal (My immune system was/is consequently suppressed). I have finally been able to reduce prednisolone to 3 mg/day after several years of oscilating between 15-5 mg (with occasioinal bursts about 3/yr 50 mg for a period then reduced. For 5 years I have been able to walk 5-8 Km every day. QUESTION: I am getting occasional missing heart beat/palpitations... but find if I gently walk 5 Km, have a cup of coffee, then walk 2 Km to home I start to feel 'good' (heart regular, lungs clearer), but need a sleep later. QUESTION... ought I continue with the gradual reduction of prednisolone? Has the prednisolone been assisting with coping with the remaining blocked artery?

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Hi,

It looks like you have been coping up well with the gradual reduction of prednisolone.
If the prednisolone would not had been enough for you then you would have low blood pressure, or any abnormalities in your electrolytes.
The atrial fibrillation can sometimes happen all of a sudden which is...

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My mother has been prescribed prednisolone 40 mg tablet today after cataract surgery. Her blood sugar tested today is showing 397 after dinner 2 hrs inspire of taking Jalra M and Glymi tablet. Is it normal

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Hello,

Thank you for posting a query here.

Look, prednisolone is a corticosteroid agent. It increases the blood sugar level by its anabolic property.

So, a high blood sugar level, during these days of taking prednisolone is a side effect.

But, in this condition, usual anti-hyperglycemic agent...

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Would you prescribe methylprednisolone tablets to someone with strep throat ?
I went to the Er on tues and they said I had strep throat and prescribed me methylprednisolone 4mg tablets 21 over 6 days . And gave me a very painful steriod shot in my back . Did they do the right thing ? I never did see a doctor the whole time, it was just te nurses in the Er .

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Hello
Thanks for writing to us

I have never prescribed methylprednisolone tablets for Strep sore throat. Because it is a steroid and steroid suppresses the immune system. It reduces the body's ability to fight against infection.As for its use in sore throat, I have never read or heard about....

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hi i had been diagnose with lichen plans and treated with predilone, prednisolone pills since January 2013, but any moment i am done with the dose and stop taking the pills, i start having it again, so i am still taking the pills but now even while i am taking the pills i am having the lichen plans symptoms, and i cant offered to see a dermatologist at this moment, can you please tell me what to do, thank you so much.

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Hi,

Thanks for writing here.

Common cause for recurrent lichen planus is presence of infective focus in body like dental infection,ent infection,tinea paedis etc.It should be important to rule out and treat them.

Topical potent steroids like clonate lotion will be a better option instead of...

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I'm taking steroid tablets (prednisolone) for exacerbated asthma symptoms. Since starting, I've had pain, pressure & fullness in the epigastrium, dysphasia and frequent gaseous pressure/pain. Have I exacerbated my very mild gastro-oesophageal reflux with the prednisolone?? Would you recommend simple PPI therapy?? Thank you so much!

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Hello
you have to take prednisolone after food and if you take for long term you should take PPI along with prednisolone and also calcium with vitamin D3 supplements has to be taken.
PPI should be used before breakfast in the morning preferable on empty stomach that is one hour before breakfast....

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I suffer from osteoarthritis in my spine and have been on the steroid Prednisolone (5mg) for almost 40 yrs for asthma. I'm 75 yrs old now and am trying to cut down the amount of Prednisolone I take because of the osteoarthrisits so for the past 1.5 yrs I've been taking the Predisolone every alternate day. For the past 7 days however, I've tried to cut it further, so have been taking the Prednisolone every 2 days because of my osteoarthritis, but my lower back is in a lot of pain. Would this be as a result of this shift in the amount of Prednisolone I'm taking? Will it improve? As an aside, I take 2 chewable calcium tablets daily and take Alendronic 75mg once a week too.

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Dear patient
Prednisonolone is a steroid drug which has anti inflammatory and anti allergic effects. It also leads to osteoporosis. Since you were taking Prednisonolone for prolonged period you get habituated to it. Sudden change in dosage leads to relapse in symptoms. Your back pain might be...

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Hi,
My Mother (60)was recently diagnosed with Hansen's disease .She is into her 5th Month of MDT.It started with the symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis .She was treated for RA for close to 3 years and then the full symptoms of Hansen's appeared.She completed 2 months of prednisolone (total of 1860 mg) recently because of acute inflammation.Seems some peripheral nerve damage has already happened.Prednisolone helped a lot with also some form of nerve damage recovery .She was able to get back some muscle strength.Initially she was not able to move some of her fingers and now she is able to . But She has lost her sensation on foot and hand.We went to another Dr and now the doctor has put her on NuroKind(Methylcobalamin) and Fersolate for B12 and iron deficiency. Will Nurokind help in peripheral nerve damage recovery ?Should I see a neurologist ? Will long term use of prednisolone help in recovering from nerve damage?

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Hi XXXXXXX

Thanks for the query.

I shall try to answer your queries. Your mother seems to have developed reversal reaction which usually occurs after initiation of MDT for Hansen's disease. I understand Corticosteroids like prednisolone was added to MDT for the same, as prednisolone is the first...

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I'm taking prednisolone 5mgx2 a day for a skin allergy of some 5months duration. Have been on this medication for 9 days and am experiencing light headedness over the last 3 days. Felt like going to pass out at one point yesterday. Should I continue with this medication as it is not a drug to cease abruptly. I'm a 55 year old female and take no other medication other than remifemin. Thank you for your advice .

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Hello and Welcome,

Based on the information you provided, I am strongly prone to think that your symptoms (lightheadedness) is due to Remifemin, NOT prednisolone.

Remifemin is the extract of Actaea racemosa (also known as Back Cohosh). Common side effects of black cohosh include headaches,...

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I am thirteen and went to a water park and got tossed around and got costochondritis and my doctor prescribed 4mg ,21 tablets of methylprednisolone and ibuprofen and i searched the common treatments and the steroids weren't on the list . Is costochondritis treated at all with methylprednisolone?

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Costochondritis is an inflammation of the cartilage that connects a rib to sternum. It causes chest wall pain and swelling. Costochondritis usually has no apparent cause. Costochondritis usually goes away on its own, although it might last for several weeks or longer. Treatment focuses on pain...

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How many milligrams of methylprednisolone is equivalent to 60 milligrams of prednisone ?

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Brief Answer:
Dose of prednisolone

Detailed Answer:
good evening

thank you for writing on health care magic

Well, 48 mg of methylprednisolone is equal to 60 mg. of prednisolone. I am not sure the reason you enquired, but yes this is the conversion

Do let me know for more queries. would be happy...

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I have eosinophil count more than 12 in blood. So in winter I have cough and could. In summer I get rashes. For that rashes now I using Betnovate corticosteroid ointment and taking prednisolone tablet for last 20 days. Till rashes are not under control. What can I do ? How much days it require to cure.-Mahesh K

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In the last six months I ve had two fusion surgeries done. One at my C3-C4 and one at my L5-S1. I came out of the neck fusion fine, textbook recovery and doing well. However, with my back surgery I developed a really bad reaction to the surgical glue they used to glue the steri-strips (sp?) to hold my incision together. After a medrol dose pack I was fine, and felt very well at about 2-3 weeks post op. Then suddenly at about 4 weeks I developed a really bad itching with swelling in my hands and feet as well as huge hives, small welts and patches of rash all over my arms, neck, chest, tops of my feet, on my face and in my ears. At one point I ended up with a swelling and burning feeling on the left side of my tongue and left tonsil. My hands and feet would end up being painful in all the joints at the worst flare ups . I ended up going to the ER three times for various problems with this reaction and was told to take benadryl. After followup with my primary care he put me on hydroxyzine and another medrol dose pack. After finishing the dose pack I did really well for about 3-4 days and even got to where I didn t have to take anything for itching/hives. But then the rashes, itching and hives have slowly come back and gotten worse, I m now on another medrol dose pak and taking the hydroxyzine every 4-6 hours. Originally my surgeon s PA thought it was a reaction to the Norco and Robaxin I was on post surgery so I ve been off of that for about 3 weeks or so. My primary care doctor believes this is a an over reaction my body is having due to the trauma of having two major surgeries within a 6 month time period. My questions are: Is this possible? And if so, why does it happen and how long can it last? When should I be worried that something else is going on with my body? I don t have a history of allergies except a reaction to penicillin when I was about 8 years old. I ve never even had seasonal allergy issues so I m really at a loss as to what I can do.

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i had skin rash on my body, arms and legs and went and saw a dermotologist and was given prednisolone tablets for 5 days..2 during day and 2 at night. After 5 days, the rash went away. Just after 1 week of stopping, the rashes start coming back...what could be the problem

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Thanks actually I am taking Myfenex for a relapse incident of Wegener`s in conjunction with Prednisolone which fortunately is down to 10mg a day,however the Myfenex level is 4 500mg tablets a day and this is beginning to continually,or rather,frequently produce a bloating of the stomach.Is this a normal side effect,or perhaps the current dosage is just to high and I am unable to cope with it.I weigh 84 kilos and am 6 feet tall.The Wegener`s incident which affected my lungs ( seven lesions) have now completely disappeared and all my blood tests are fine no ANCA/PR 3 readings (negative).Thank you very much for your assistance.K.B.H.

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Hey doctor, Last night after visiting a friends house I was bitten by mosquitos and also some sort of insect/possibly spider as well? The mosquito bites all looked and felt the same mainly just an itch but I got some sort of insect bite on my arm...

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I was diagnosed with a sinus infection yesterday and was given a z pact for infection. This morning my right side of face is numb. Is this normal?

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My boyfriend has had a sudden onset of hives all over his body with the exception of his neck, face and head on Sunday. He has been on Benadryl since Sunday afternoon and Benedryl and prednisone since Monday with very little relief. It seems to...

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