And keep loved ones in the loop so they can give you any extra support you need. Most steroid side effects only occur when people take prednisone long-term. For non-chronic issues, you might take it only for a couple of weeks. Ford explains. Then the prednisone stays in your system long enough at lower levels so the whole reaction can turn itself off. For longer-term prescriptions, doctors may taper down dosages gradually to get them as low as possible without the return of symptoms.
The right prednisone dosage helps your body fire on all cylinders and reduces potential side effects. Ford cautions. See how to counteract eight common prednisone side effects, including fluid retention, and learn how proper prednisone dosages can help. Learn more about vaccine availability. Advertising Policy. You have successfully subscribed to our newsletter. Related Articles.
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Write a comment. Good article. After being on prednisone for many years and with a lots of extreme suffering and my own research I think many people could be and should be treated with some added testosterone to help them while they are tapering the prednisone.
When I tell some doctors they say No and they keep just saying it is the adrenal glands and you have to just taper. I think testosterone as well will help because it is also an Anti-inflammatory and a immuno-suppressant so those 2 qualities are similar to prednisone and can provide the much needed anti-inflammatory that is needed while the adrenal glands are not producing and are recovering. This is so obvious and doctors should investigate this and recommend it to help people get off prednisone especially if people have low levels or low-normal levels of testosterone because that is not enough for the body and inflammation diseases when the adrenal glands are also not working.
There are many studies and medical evidence now and that have been done in the last 10 years that show low testosterone and asthma and allergies and inflammation are linked and that testosterone lowers ilc2's which cause much inflammation. But many doctors and specialists just don't seem to get it or listen, why?!?!? Thank you for all the great info. This was an interesting article. You indicated that you should not replace prednisone with alternatives without guidance from a professional.
What type professional would you recommend. I know my MD would not support replacing prednisone with herbs. Excellent information as always. Thanks for keeping us the public well informed.. Vitamin D is really hormone and acts like cortisol which is a natural alternative to Prednisone but without the side effects. See 1 answer Answer. HI, Vitamin D works as well as steroids? I would love to know more about this.
I was on the steriod eye drops Durezol for four days at four times a day. Then dropped down to one time a day for seven days as a tapering. The side effects are messing me up bad. I have prescription Vitamin D but ran out. Can you give me ay information on how Vitamin D could help me get off these crazy steroids? I am taking Prednisone for Secondary Adrenal Insufficiency.
I have felt worse since taking it than when I was diagnosed with the problem. No sleep. Pains in joints and bad stretching of sinews. Eyes are going bad, difficulty reading. Every time a problem comes up there goes another RX to swallow.
Take a lower dose I have been using steroids' for many years treating Lupus and I like LOW DOSE treatment 10 or under daily the low dose doesn't have the side effects and can be used to make everyday better but not used to completely get rid of inflammation! I was told you can take Prednisone for bodybuilding is that true? I was told if I took 50Mg per day that would be very effective? I have gout and that is why I take it once in awile right now. It helps with that awful gout for sure and fast.
Thank you. Hi David, We suggest you consult a doctor before starting any medication. All the best. I've taken prednisone for colitis and asthma mostly. This morning after eating shallfish, shrimp and lobster I woke with pain in my right foot, a sure sign of gout. I took 40 mg of Prednisone and the pain was gone in an hour.
The wonderful thing about Prednisone, is that when you take it for one condition, it clears up all of the others too. In this case, my chronically stuffy nose is better, and my other foot arthritis feels better tonight. I don't take it regularly because I'm aware of the long term symptoms.
I have a radio static noise in my ear, doctor recommended high doses of steroid prednisone 60 to 40 to 20 over two week period but just taking 20 during a sinus infection it gave me heart palpatations I heard cod liver oil was great for inflamation. I can speak from experience that at higher dose taken for iodine allergy I was a bit overwhelmed and when i took my last dose on empty stomache bad idea I had very high pulse and needed to get beta blockers at doctor which brought it down I know that I had weirdness at 20 and did take more I think taking no food with a dose is what ultimately gave me a very bad time..
Very enlightening I have come off prednisone and am in pain from my spine to my toes I will show this to my doctor. Hi Evelyn, We're glad to be of help and good luck in your future treatment! The Best Natural Alternatives to Prednisone.