I have a question on interpreting dosing instructions for Prednisone.
Having injured my back, (probably a bulging disk), my doctor prescribed Prednissone
as well as a couple of other meds. Uncharacteristically, he did not explain his
intended dosing to me. When I get the script filled, the pharmacist mentions
that it may make me drowsy and to take it with food. Well and good.
I get home and read the 20 mg Prednisone lable, and I quote;
"Take three (3) tablets by mouth daily for 5 days then take two (2) tablet(s)
by mouth for daily 5 days then 1 tablet daily for 5 days."
Naturally, everything has closed so there is no one to ask.
My question is: Does the instruction say to take 3 tablets, (all at once) for 5 days
then to take 2 tablets, (at once) for 5 days and then to take tablet, per day, for 5 days?
Does it mean to take 1 tablet 3 times per day for 5 days then
to take 1 tablet twice per day for 5 days then to take 1 tablet once per day for 5 days?
Prednisone is supposed to be a fairly strong drug and I am not sure if I should take the
large doses (60 mg at a time), etc.
Does your doctor have an answering service so that someone can be reached in a case such as this? If not, I'd wait until your pharmacy (or doctor's office) opens tomorrow.
By the way, prednisone is a great medication with many uses. I've had to take it for asthma problems. My sister-in-law took it while she was pregnant because she has lupus. Hope it works wonders for your back!
Prednisone is usually dosed to take all at once. So, you would take all 3 tablets at once (once daily) and not spread them out over the course of the day. 60mg is a pretty normal dosage to be starting out at, especially when you are tapering. Hope that helps!