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How long should you use prednisone?

How long should you use prednisone?

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When to take prednisone for the long term?

Scientific articles define long-term prednisone as greater than three months. If you use prednisone less than three months, then that’s short-term. Several side effects increase and worsen the longer you take prednisone, and the higher the total dose (cumulative dose) you take.

How many mg of prednisone can you take in a day?

The longer the prednisone was taken and the higher the dose, the longer it will take to taper down and stop it. The body itself produces a substance that is equivalent to about 5 mg of prednisone. A short course of 10 mg of prednisone a day may not cause side effects.

Are there any side effects to taking prednisone?

Prednisone over time increases the risk of cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis and infection. It can worsen underlying diabetes and HTN. The effects are dose related– higher the dose, the worse the side effects. Prednisone use should be minimized.

How long does it take for prednisone to go out of your system?

You could expect a dose or prednisone to be out of your system in 16.5 to 22 hours. The elimination half life of prednisone is around 3 to 4 hours. This is the time it takes for your body to reduce the plasma levels by half. It usually takes around 5.5 half lives for a drug to be completely eliminated from your system.

Scientific articles define long-term prednisone as greater than three months. If you use prednisone less than three months, then that’s short-term. Several side effects increase and worsen the longer you take prednisone, and the higher the total dose (cumulative dose) you take.

How many milligrams of prednisone should I take per day?

For oral dosage forms (concentrated solution, solution, delayed-release tablets, and tablets): Dose depends on medical condition: Adults—At first, 5 to 60 milligrams (mg) per day. Your doctor may adjust your dose as needed. Children—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.

How long do you take prednisone for a relapse?

I hope I get my face back to normal. Some people are on prednisone for an extended period of time. I have minimal change disease and when I have a relapse I start with 60 mg for 4 – 6 weeks and reduce the amount by about 20 mg each 4 – 6 weeks until I get to 20 mg and then go down more slowly until I am off.

Prednisone over time increases the risk of cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis and infection. It can worsen underlying diabetes and HTN. The effects are dose related– higher the dose, the worse the side effects. Prednisone use should be minimized.