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WARNING! Prednisone and ibuprofen

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Old 06-23-2006, 09:37 AM   #1
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WARNING! Prednisone and ibuprofen

I just wanted to post a warning that could possibly save a life. I was on IV prednisone treatment in May for another bout of optic neuritis and when finished I had the pill taper. During this time, I continued to take 1- 800 milligram motrin a day for my back pain (nobody told me not to). I've been taking the motrin for years as I had several back surgeries. Well, it seems it fianlly caught up with me as one day I didn't feel well, but thought it was just a mild case of heartburn which I get fairly often. I drank some warm 7-up and took a rolaid. I felt a bit better and ate a great supper of bbq ribs, mac/cheese and asparagus and kept it down. But, within a half hour of eating, I had a pain so bad in my stomach I couldn't move. I decided to go to bed and try some more 7-up and rolaids. But, within 10 minutes, I called my husband and asked him to call an ambulance as I instinctively knew something was very wrong. The EMT's brought me to the hospital and within minutes, the doctor on call said he thought I had devolped a hole in my stomach from the meds (both of them). He called in a surgeon who agreed with him. Xrays were taken and they were right. I was taken for emergency surgery which last almost 4 hours. The surgeon told my husband that had I waited another couple hours, I could have died because the poison from the ulcer created by the hole and meds had spread to my organs. I was hospitalized for 8 days and have had a hard time recovering.
So, the moral of the story is - if you have to take Prednisone -DON'T take any aspirin and ask if you should have something to protect your stomach while you're taking the pred. treatment. I wouldn't have wished this on anyone! My poor husband aged 10 years in one night!

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