Is is bad to take old Predsione

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bluemoon7
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   Posted 4/19/2010 8:57 PM (GMT -7)   
I know that we shouldn't self diagnose ourself's, But in this Economy with no health insurance and being self-employed....Sometimes u have to do what u have to do.

I needed to be back on prednisone to help in getting me out of a flare....but couldn't afford the $125 for a Gasto visit for the Prescription....So I'm taking some old Prednisone....It seems to being helping , on it for 4 days now...

Do u think that it's dangerous to take old Prednisone?
My Goal is Not to let having Crohn's Define who I am........

45 year old Female

Diagnosed with Endometriosis in 1991 at age 27. Had to have a full hysterectomy. Treated for a herniated disc for about 5 years before being diagnosed with Crohn's in 2006. Had to have a bowel resection because of complete obstruction. Several Infections from surgery.

Medications: Pentasa ,Imodium, Flax/Fish& Borage Oil, B-12 injections once a month...Taken Humira, Asacol, Prednizone, and several others...

No Insurance - Or I would be on other Medications...Just can't afford them.


Becky77
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   Posted 4/19/2010 9:13 PM (GMT -7)   
I completely understand your situation. I have been unemployed for just under a year. Luckily, I have spoken to my GI's office and they are ok with mailing my labs and consulting by phone instead of me coming in to see her. I do have insurance, but my copay to see my GI is $60, and that's $60 that could go toward paying a utility bill. Maybe you could call your doctor and explain the situation and get their advice. I'd just tell them that once you have insurance, you would be more than willing to come see them, but right now you can't afford it. Many doctors are in the same situation, with many patients without insurance or jobs. If you explain that you can't afford to see them AND get meds, and see if they are ok with you taking prednisone and seeing if it helps, they can give you pointers as to how many pills for how many days. It's hard to condone self medicating, but in these times, it's tough not to to some extent.
Becky

32 yr old female-dx with Crohn's in '97 after emergency resection and appendectomy, 2nd resection '05, Bilateral pulmonary emboli 10/09
Currently on Humira, Omeprazole, Effexor, Seroquel, Calcium, Vit D
Coumadin stopped 3/15/10!!!!


ivy6
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   Posted 4/20/2010 1:24 AM (GMT -7)   

Ashworthml
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   Posted 4/20/2010 2:59 AM (GMT -7)   
All tablets have an expiry date on the box, most tablets are good for a year,some just over, so as long as they are not older than the expiry date you should be ok.
Michelle 40 years old
Diagnosed with CD 2004 (undiagnosed correctly +- 3 years, wrongly diagnosed with IBS)
Bowel resection 2005
medication: pentasa 500mg , Co-codomol 500mg/32mg codeine
loperamide 2mg (prn - take as many as 10-20 a day)
calcium tablets, multivitamin tablets, Omega 3
Ferrous sulphate(anaemia)
levothyroxine (thyroid)
questran light (3 sachets/day), 3 monthly B12 Injections


Nanners
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   Posted 4/20/2010 6:34 AM (GMT -7)   
Yes that too is what I am wondering, have the pills passed their expiration date? If not, then I think you should be okay. But if they have you might want to do as suggested and call your docs office and explain your financial situation and see if they might have samples you can take. Good luck!
Gail*Nanners* Co-Moderator for Crohns Disease & Anxiety/Panic
Crohn's Disease for over 34 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, Calcium, Vit D, and Xanax prn. Resections in 2002 & 2005. Also diagnosed w/ Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, & Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission, but my joints are going crazy!
*Every tomorrow has two handles.  We can take hold of it by the handle of anxiety, or by the handle of faith"*

Sarah_B
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   Posted 4/20/2010 8:34 AM (GMT -7)   
The way I've always understood it, the older they are, the less effective they are. So I would think that after their expiration dates, drugs will tend to not work as well.  If I were in your situation and it was working well, I would keep at it.  But be really careful with your dosage and how long your on it.  Also, make sure you have enough for a slow enough taper or you start tapering soon enough so you're not left high and dry. You don't want to flirt with adrenal insufficiency.
22 years old, Female.
Diagnosed with Crohn's Ileocolitis November 2008.
Currently taking Remicade, 50 mg 6-MP.


bluemoon7
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   Posted 4/20/2010 7:15 PM (GMT -7)   
They are 3 years past expiration...Yet after taking them for last week I can tell they are working.. All the same effects as always.....

I know that this is not the best, but sometime u do what u have to do... I guess.
My Goal is Not to let having Crohn's Define who I am........

45 year old Female

Diagnosed with Endometriosis in 1991 at age 27. Had to have a full hysterectomy. Treated for a herniated disc for about 5 years before being diagnosed with Crohn's in 2006. Had to have a bowel resection because of complete obstruction. Several Infections from surgery.

Medications: Pentasa ,Imodium, Flax/Fish& Borage Oil, B-12 injections once a month...Taken Humira, Asacol, Prednizone, and several others...

No Insurance - Or I would be on other Medications...Just can't afford them.


Nanners
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   Posted 4/21/2010 6:47 AM (GMT -7)   
I would suggest NOT taking meds past their expiration date like that. You don't know what kind of can of worms you are putting yourself thru. Prednisone is a very inexpensive med, please call the doc and ask for them to call in a new prescription or see if they have samples. Good luck!
Gail*Nanners* Co-Moderator for Crohns Disease & Anxiety/Panic
Crohn's Disease for over 34 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, Calcium, Vit D, and Xanax prn. Resections in 2002 & 2005. Also diagnosed w/ Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, & Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission, but my joints are going crazy!
*Every tomorrow has two handles.  We can take hold of it by the handle of anxiety, or by the handle of faith"*

Sinusallplugged
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   Posted 4/21/2010 10:37 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm no doctor, but I was having a flare up a few weeks ago. Only thing I had around at the time was two year expired Entocort (intestinal steroid) and wasn't sure if it was safe to take since it was so past it's expiration date. I called a 24hr nurses hotline that my insurance company provides and the doctor said that it should be safe.

bluemoon7
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   Posted 4/21/2010 8:04 PM (GMT -7)   
I live in a very small town with only one gastro dr. He doesn't work with me or anyone.. If you can't afford his visits, u don't get his help. Well at this time I can't afford his visits. So I Can't call him for Predisone. Not everyone who has Crohn's Disease has that luxury.
My Goal is Not to let having Crohn's Define who I am........

45 year old Female

Diagnosed with Endometriosis in 1991 at age 27. Had to have a full hysterectomy. Treated for a herniated disc for about 5 years before being diagnosed with Crohn's in 2006. Had to have a bowel resection because of complete obstruction. Several Infections from surgery.

Medications: Pentasa ,Imodium, Flax/Fish& Borage Oil, B-12 injections once a month...Taken Humira, Asacol, Prednizone, and several others...

No Insurance - Or I would be on other Medications...Just can't afford them.


Nanners
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   Posted 4/22/2010 7:21 AM (GMT -7)   
What about calling your family doctor instead? So sorry you are feeling so bad, and don't have insurance. Healing hugs sent your way.
Gail*Nanners* Co-Moderator for Crohns Disease & Anxiety/Panic
Crohn's Disease for over 34 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, Calcium, Vit D, and Xanax prn. Resections in 2002 & 2005. Also diagnosed w/ Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, & Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission, but my joints are going crazy!
*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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