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Nanners
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   Posted 1/2/2009 9:44 AM (GMT -7)   
Does being on Pred weaken your system?  The reason I ask is I am developing a lovely cold and today was my last day on Pred.  Does taking Pred cause you to be more suseptible to virus's etc?  Thanks for your help.
 
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   Posted 1/2/2009 10:45 AM (GMT -7)   
Yes, I believe so. It's one of the drawbacks to the wonder drug.

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   Posted 1/2/2009 10:45 AM (GMT -7)   

<<<9. Immune system
One of the actions of prednisone is to weaken the body's immune system. This effect is beneficial when treating allergies or so-called "autoimmune" diseases like arthritis, lupus, ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease. However, whenever you weaken the immune system, you increase the body's susceptibility to infection. <<<Prednisone does not make an individual more likely to get a flu or catch a cold.>>> But, it can increase susceptibility to chickenpox (varicella) and other herpes viruses. Individuals, who have recovered from tuberculosis, or TB, can experience reactivation of the disease when on prednisone. If you have not previously had chickenpox, tell your doctor. Do not take prednisone if you have tuberculosis (active or inactive), shingles or other herpes infection of eyes, lips, or genitals. You should not be vaccinated against any infectious disease while you are on prednisone especially live polio vaccine. Allergy skin tests and TB skin tests will usually be invalid while you are on prednisone. A small number of patients on prednisone develop yeast infections of the mouth (thrush) or vagina. Fortunately, effective medications are available to combat this problem should it occur.>>>

Hi Gail,

This is a switch, me attempting to answer one of your questions. Not that I'm any kind of authority, I just searched your question and found this.  


My daughter was diagnosed Feb. 19/07, (13 yrs. old at time of diagnosis), with Crohn's of the Terminal Illium. Initially, 9 weeks of Prednisone, currently taking 2000mgs of Pentasa.


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   Posted 1/2/2009 11:31 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Tom, that was really helpful. I have taken Pred before when I had pneumonia, and it helped me to get so much better. So was a little surprised that I was developing a cold while on it. Hopefully, all my little tricks in catching it earlier will help me to kick it quicker. I tell you, somedays, it feels like if its not one thing its another. Don't feel too bad, but am due to go back to work Monday, so I definetly need to kick it to the curb:)
Gail*Nanners*
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Been living with Crohn's Disease for 33 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, and Calcium and Xanax as needed. Resections in 2002 and 2005. Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and Osteoarthritis and Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission.
 
*Every tomorrow has two handles.  We can take hold of it by the handle of anxiety, or by the handle of faith"*


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   Posted 1/2/2009 12:55 PM (GMT -7)   
I worried about that while I was on it. I took a plane right with some people who were coughing up a lung, and thought for sure I was going to catch it. But I actually didn't, and stayed quite healthy.

I think it's just the time of year for colds and such. Seems like everyone has some kind of ick! Hope you feel better!
~Jennifer
 
Diagnosed with Crohn's Disease 2/06 after sever GI bleed. Has been suffering since 1998. History of rectal fistula and gallbladder removal. Taking Asacol, Questran, Toprol XL (for high blood pressure).

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