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Old 07-08-2008, 06:14 PM   #1
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Prednisone: is it good, bad or dangerous medicine?

I have read some info about it, but heard alot of other stories ....

Is Prednisone a bad or dangerous drug ? When taken briefly or when taken for long term??????


Does anyone have any opinions or experience with someone taking the stuff for a long period of time ?

What could some effects be ?

IS it harmful to be taken over long periods of time ????

 
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Re: Prednisone: is it good, bad or dangerous medicine?

No one in our household has ever had to be on it personally but I will tell you what information I can from our prescription drug reference.

It can be taken short term or long term (for instances of immune system suppression or multiple sclerosis).

Common side effects are increased appetite, indigestion, nervousness, insomnia, greater susceptibility to infections, increased blood pressure, slowed healing of wounds, weight gain, easy bruising and fluid retention.

You are advised to avoid excess sodium while on the medication, and to avoid medications that contain sodium and potassium, antacids, diuretics, along with others.

Given the number of disease contraindications and other medications, I would make sure you go over your entire health and prescription history with your doctor before going on it.

If I can answer any more questions, post back here, but this really is something you need to go over with your doctor if you have not already.

Good luck!

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Re: Prednisone: is it good, bad or dangerous medicine?

it is a good med when it is used appropriately and for short term,but some people have to take this particular med for a longer time becasue of transplant or breathing issues or other inflammatory problems. with any med,its kind of weighing using it vs not using it and any consequences there of. my son has to take this every single day ever since his liver transplant,without it,as we have found out the hard way,he goes right into rejection. so in his case,its a very good drug,you know what i mean? it is just a huge multipurpose med that can help with soo many different conditions. but it does,as the above poster pointed out, have some side effects too.

it all comes down to what treatment options you actually have with any given condition and whether this really would help or hinder your health in taking it. alot of meds are kind of a trade off of sorts. they can harm as well as heal or help. i have had to use this several times for inflammation of certain conditions,and it has helped alot where other meds just wouldn't be able to do what pred does. but it is not something i would actually 'want' to be on long term like my son. he is down to only having to take 5mgs(originally was on 50mgs a day) a day now and this is where his status stays well within the no rejection parameters.

if your doc Rxes this for you for a certain condition,just ask as many questions about the need as you feel you need to. but short term and long term,this med really can do amazing things for so many different conditions. its main job is to just reduce inflammation. FB
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Re: Prednisone: is it good, bad or dangerous medicine?

I took a small dose for 10 days for a badly swollen throat due to mono. I had serious problems for 2 years afterwards, which I, at the time, attributed to the mono. In the past year, the info I've seen suggests the problems I experienced were due to the prednisone, not the mono.

I had an open wound (no injury) on my hand that would not heal...if I recall correctly, it took 5 different antibiotics over a period of weeks/months to close the wound. My doctor said I was lucky not to lose my hand. The antibiotics caused other problems....also experienced severe mental health issues which I had't had before. But on going over the two years were bronchospasms that lasted 5-30 minutes. Didn't experience bronchospasms again for 15 years until I started taking medication for blood pressure.

All medicine is dangerous...it's important to know what the risks are, what the side effects can be, and what to do about the side effects BEFORE you decide whether or not to take the medication!

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Re: Prednisone: is it good, bad or dangerous medicine?

In the short term, it rarely causes serious harm, however, it can cause extreme irritability, short temper and sleeplessness.

 
Old 07-09-2008, 09:31 AM   #6
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Re: Prednisone: is it good, bad or dangerous medicine?

Hi ~ Just wanted to say I had to take prednisone 6 years ago for an eye injury. I took the medicine for a few months, 4 times a day. I don't recall any negative effect... it's a type of steroid correct? I couldn't tell you.. I was taking 3 or 4 different liquid medicines for my eye at the same time. I hope you find the answers you were seeking.

 
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Re: Prednisone: is it good, bad or dangerous medicine?

wow, thanks for all the replys !

yeah , ok I have also been taking it for a while ...
I feel like I need to stay on due to a chronic skin problem. I have had some somewhat bad psoriasis(or exczema,or dermatitus,basically unknown say the docs) on the hands/elbows and feet. It appears that if I stop the spots of inflammed irritated skin pop back up more quickly ....
I have tried all kind of topical ointments and they only help a little...
Some major BS I think, I had a biop of the stuff and they still couldnt tell me anything beyond exzema.

not too many side effect here , well they arent very serious anyway. I have been puttin on some pounds and eating alot . probably some strange acne.minor stuff really.

So What about any major side effects???

DOes it cause any problems with the immune system? like should it weaken it or cause it to not work as a normal immune system might?
would it cause any liver problems? stomach problems???
besides a little heartburn?

I feel like i have been coming down with flu like colds really easily ....
I am very active , work in a pretty much filthy place with lots of dust and mold , and also do a lot of swimming in the ocean ... but , usually I wont get really sick really easily , but lately I have had a couple of bad head and chest colds or flus and they have come on strong and have been rough on me .

What happens to the immune system when the Pred is taken over linger periods of time???
Is ones immune system in good health if colds/flus come on quickly or slowly ???

 
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Re: Prednisone: is it good, bad or dangerous medicine?

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In the short term, it rarely causes serious harm, however, it can cause extreme irritability, short temper and sleeplessness.

Jane, I consider 10 days short term, and I also consider the possibility of losing one's hand serious harm.

I don't know if all of the problems I experienced two years after taking prednisone were due to the drug, but I do know that the infection in my hand that I battled was due to a suppressed immune system due to predisone...per a number of medical specialists treating me at the time.

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Re: Prednisone: is it good, bad or dangerous medicine?

Too much prednisone is a bad thing!!!

You could be developing medicine induced Cushings---which will not only cause you to gain weight----but wreck your joints, bones and other organs.

Seriously----talk to your doctor---you have to wean off the stuff---or you can suffer from adrenal insufficiency---a life threatening situation---that some ER doctors are not looking for.

Cushings is very serious---I've known a couple of people whose health has been severely compromised by unknowing and uncaring (in my opinion) doctors who only see the "positive" side of cortisol.

Your body needs it---you will die without it---but you need to be extremely careful and double check everything your doctor tells you.

I've been on prednisone too---usually for about 10 days---in that case, you don't have to wean usually---but again---be very careful with this stuff.

PS: A woman who suffered a bad rash due to hair dye in Florida, ended up with a broken hip and ended up in a wheelchair.

Please---see a good doctor!

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Re: Prednisone: is it good, bad or dangerous medicine?

Bethsheba: Yes, you mentioned that you did have some serious complications, and I'm very sorry that happened to you. However, such problems from short-term use of cortisone are pretty unusual, unless you already have some serious health problems.

Maddman: Taking oral steroids long-term for a skin problem is not necessarily a good idea. It will compromise your immune system, it could weaken your bones, joints, etc. Frequent bad colds could be a sign of immune problems, with worse trouble to come. You shouldn't stop cold turkey, you should be weaned off carefully, if you decide to stop.

No topical medications work on your skin problem? Have you tried taking antihistamines, in case it's allergic? Could it possibly be from something you are touching?

One type of psoriasis does appear mainly on the hands and feet. There are some non-steroid oral medicines for psoriasis, although they also have risks. Have you tried putting on moisturizer or medicated cremes before bed, then covering it with soft gloves?

 
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Re: Prednisone: is it good, bad or dangerous medicine?

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Too much prednisone is a bad thing!!!

You could be developing medicine induced Cushings---which will not only cause you to gain weight----but wreck your joints, bones and other organs.

Seriously----talk to your doctor---you have to wean off the stuff---or you can suffer from adrenal insufficiency---a life threatening situation---that some ER doctors are not looking for.

Cushings is very serious---I've known a couple of people whose health has been severely compromised by unknowing and uncaring (in my opinion) doctors who only see the "positive" side of cortisol.

Your body needs it---you will die without it---but you need to be extremely careful and double check everything your doctor tells you.

I've been on prednisone too---usually for about 10 days---in that case, you don't have to wean usually---but again---be very careful with this stuff.

PS: A woman who suffered a bad rash due to hair dye in Florida, ended up with a broken hip and ended up in a wheelchair.

Please---see a good doctor!
A good doctor , hahahaha

are these things really more side effects directly related to taking pred for longer periods of time ?

what is it that you need or ' youll die without it' ??
Is cushings an adrenal defficiency ?
I will be doing some more research ...
what is this about ardenal defficiency ??? can you tell if things are happening ??



Thanks very helpful and interesting stuff....

 
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Re: Prednisone: is it good, bad or dangerous medicine?

There are good doctors out there---but I think the only way to find them is through word of mouth.
That's how I found mine---in California---and I live in Idaho.
A major medical research or teaching hospital helps---but again, I have to have a personal referral from someone before I spend my time and money running after answers.
I've been burned too many times by doctors who are not familiar with new research.

No, I'm deadly serious about the "you'll die without enough cortisol" and
"you'll die with too much cortisol".

Cortisol is necessary for the body to work properly. If you don't have enough---you will suffer Adrenal insufficiency or fatigue. Adrenal insufficiency is a life-threatening situation.

Adrenal fatigue symptoms will make you feel nauseated, not interested in eating, loose and frequent stools (diarrhea).
Adrenal fatigue can come on suddenly---and will get better on it's own--although, you may crave salt.

Adrenal insufficiency is life-threatening. You need to go to the ER immediately---and hope and pray that they know what to do about it.

Cushings is too much cortisol. It makes your bones weaken, makes your muscles atrophy, and damages organs.

Cushings is a very difficult diagnosis---I know some folks who go to a doctor that conducts "camp cushie"s---I did it too. You are tested for five days---day and night. Even then, Cushings is a very difficult diagnosis.

If your body has been exposed to high doses of cortisol---then it has messed up your Hypothalamic Pituitary Adrenal Axis or HPA---and that's when things can get serious.

Too much cortisol---from any source----your pit. your adrenal glands, another tumor in the body, or from "outside" sources of cortisol---like prednisone or a cortizone cream---will cause your adrenal glands to "go to sleep"---they won't respond to your body's need for cortisol 'cause they think there's already enough of it.

I am aware of three people who are in wheelchairs due to Cushings or Hypercortisol----they're spines were permanently damaged by exposure to excess cortisol.

It can also destroy hip joints.

there are a lot of good boards out there that focus on Cushings, Pituitary and Adrenal issues.

More and more folks are learning about these "rare" diseases which aren't really that rare----because of tv shows that feature people with mystery diagnosis problems.

Cushings can also be followed by Addison's---or Adrenal Insufficiency.
Thyroid problems can also cause peudo-cushings states---you have cushings like symptoms--but the problem is that your thyroid function/med. levels are too low.

Good luck with stuff---keep us posted!

 
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Re: Prednisone: is it good, bad or dangerous medicine?

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Maddman: Taking oral steroids long-term for a skin problem is not necessarily a good idea. It will compromise your immune system, it could weaken your bones, joints, etc. Frequent bad colds could be a sign of immune problems, with worse trouble to come. You shouldn't stop cold turkey, you should be weaned off carefully, if you decide to stop.

No topical medications work on your skin problem? Have you tried taking antihistamines, in case it's allergic? Could it possibly be from something you are touching?

One type of psoriasis does appear mainly on the hands and feet. There are some non-steroid oral medicines for psoriasis, although they also have risks. Have you tried putting on moisturizer or medicated cremes before bed, then covering it with soft gloves?
Thats what I was afraid of with the immune system thing...

Luckily with prednisone the skin prob is gone , and then minimized if it comes back. So when I use topical stuff it had a limited effect ( when the inflammation is bad , topical stuff doesnt work much at all ) . the gloves thing is really impractical. theres are some new topical stuff always coming out, that i havent tried. but seeing the doc all the time and spending on all kinds of stuff isnt realistic either. but some seem to work a little , but then after enough time I may become tolerant and the effectives isnt there anymore.
Yeah , I gotta find something that will stop whatever is causing this.
many doctors say it is likely external(allergy like) , but then they hear how long I have had it then they say it internal like. I think it has alot to do with bad nerves to the areas.I have had some back injuries, causing some nervousness etc
I dunno

What other oral medications are there that could be used instead of the prednisone????

 
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Re: Prednisone: is it good, bad or dangerous medicine?

If you've been dealing with this for a long time---and don't seem to be getting better---I'd go to a teaching/research hospital---and let them figure things out.

I wonder if the doctors are treating the symptoms and not the cause.

Good luck---keep us posted!

 
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Re: Prednisone: is it good, bad or dangerous medicine?

I definitely need to continue the search for a better dermatologist ...

and yer scaring the crap outta me with these adrenal issues ....its the last thing I want to happen. I want and need my adrenal glands ! ! !

I dont think I have been taking the stuff for that long, and mostly on and of , and not heavily. So hopefully I have avoided any permanent effects so far .



what other oral anti inflammatory meds could be taken instead of pred?

what , if anything , is similar to prednisone ?

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