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Old 06-29-2006, 07:38 PM   #1
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prednisone dosing

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.

What do you think?
Austin, TX

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Old 06-29-2006, 07:44 PM   #2
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Re: prednisone dosing

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!

Old 06-29-2006, 08:20 PM   #3
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Re: prednisone dosing

Thanks. Yeah, I hope it works, too. I've actually taken it before, back when I ruptured a disk about 10 years ago, but, I don't remember how is was dosed.


Old 06-29-2006, 08:43 PM   #4
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Re: prednisone dosing

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!

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