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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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