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Mia84
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   Posted 6/11/2008 10:38 AM (GMT -7)   
Well I just got back from the doctor again. The bronchitis is gone but now im having an asthma flare up, which is causing all the coughing and chest tightness. So my Doctor putting me on a short course of prednisone. I dont know what my dosage is yet for it im still waiting for the pharmacy to fill it. But I have never taken this before and I have heard some not so good things about it. I hear a lot about gaining weight...will I gain weight on a short course of the medication? I have no idea what to expect. Is there anything I should know or watch out for?
~Mia~
 
 
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firemt
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   Posted 6/11/2008 3:17 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello Mia!

The short course should not cause any weight gain or any of the horriable side effects you hear. However you may feel very engeretic, atleast that is how I feel on the short course of 50mg for 5 days. I also did not sleep much.

Good luck with it,


S.

Mia84
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   Posted 6/11/2008 3:40 PM (GMT -7)   
Ok thats good. I just got my Px and its only 10mg tablets and I take them for 9 days tappering off every 3 days.
 
1 tablet 3x daily for 3 days, 1 tablet 2x daily for 3 days, then 1 tablet 1x daily for 3 days.
~Mia~
 
 
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Another Day
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   Posted 6/11/2008 5:25 PM (GMT -7)   
Mia,
 
With that dosage, you shouldn't have any problems.  Since you are not used to taking it, it might give you a little more energy.  Were you told to take it in the morning?  I wouldn't encourage you to take it at bedtime, as it could cause you some problems in going to sleep.
 
If you take it all, the way you are instructed, you should feel much better.
 
Hugs!
 
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Mia84
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   Posted 6/11/2008 8:35 PM (GMT -7)   
No I was not told that but for the first 3 days I have to take it 3 times a day. I hope this makes me feel better! Im ready to get back to "normal".
~Mia~
 
 
Asthma: Diagnosed Feb. 2007
 
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Razzle
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   Posted 6/11/2008 11:24 PM (GMT -7)   
It is advisable to take it with food or milk, since it can cause stomach irritation. Make sure also to get enough potassium (most fruits and vegetables are good sources of potassium) and calcium while you take the Prednisone, as it causes increased potassium loss and reduces absorption of calcium. Don't take calcium with the prednisone, take it 2 hours before or after.  Also, be sure to get enough water - Prednisone can make you dehydrate faster.

I hope you feel better soon - take care,


-Razzle
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idahoan
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   Posted 6/12/2008 12:55 AM (GMT -7)   
Mia - i've got a chronic illness called Hashimoto's Encephalopothy (still probably spelling it wrong.)  Was on prednisone for 3 1/2 years - milligrams high to low, high to low... I was on many other meds as well, but this drug made me weak, gave me more facial hair than I cared for, my immune system was so low, weight gain, depression was off and on (mainly on), but, it did bring down the titers, the main reason I was on it.  Does what it's supposed to do, which is great, but side-effects are unbelievable.  --- I had to start taking it again in February, 2008, and just completely came off of it about 5 days ago.  Almost completely different this time, probably being on only 3 other drugs because of the illness.  I had major moon face & weight gain.  Coming off was big-time withdrawals, headaches, and very sick.   -----  I would not worry if your dosage is short-time.  All the people I know who do the prednisone (medrol pack - 6 or 7-day time period), have never had a problem - just feel alot better.  I believe and know from personal experience that short period (a week or four) is alot better than long term.  --- The weight gain should not effect you much if it's short term and I don't think the "moon face" will effect you.  If it does, when you get off of the drug, it usually goes away pretty quickly.  Believe me, I'm not a doctor, just was an advocate for myself for a long time, and again, this is my personal experience.  I take alot of calcium, drink lot's of water, and excercise (not the best at this) when I take prednisone.
 
Idahoan

Mia84
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   Posted 6/12/2008 8:31 AM (GMT -7)   

Thanks everyone for the good advice! I just started my prednisone this morning so we'll see how it goes.

I had a rough night last night. I was awake all night with shortness of breath and chest tightness. I used my rescue inhaler which helped relieve some of it but then it made me jittery and stay up longer. And it didnt get any better this morning when I went to work. I have just been exhausted and weak and very short of breath and had a tight chest all morning. I took my daily inhaler and my prednisone but I have also had to use my rescue inhaler a couple of times. Hopefully the prednisone will help soon...I have never felt like this before for so long.


~Mia~
 
 
Asthma: Diagnosed Feb. 2007
 
Medications- Flovent 110mcg and Albuterol


idahoan
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   Posted 6/12/2008 2:52 PM (GMT -7)   
Mia - I am sorry you had a bad night. You shouldn't have a problem on 10 mg's and tapering down 9 days until gone.  Like Carla said, if anything it will give you energy, especially if you've never taken it before.  I'm sure you've probably noticed that already.  And, it is wise to take in the a.m.  Good luck & I hope it all goes well.  You should coast right through this -- next thing you know, the 9 days will be up - will probably go fast !
 
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   Posted 6/12/2008 2:59 PM (GMT -7)   
Mia, you may want to take some Ranitidine (available OTC) before bedtime. Predinsone can cause fierce gastroesophageal reflex, which can feel like breathing problems also. Taking 75 - 150 mg. of Ranitidine an hour before you lie down will usually prevent it. Start with 75 and increase if you need to. Good luck.
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Mia84
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   Posted 6/12/2008 7:36 PM (GMT -7)   
I noticed it gives me a little bit of energy but then I crash. I get really tired and feel weak. But it can already feel it working. The chest tightness has already eased up.
~Mia~
 
 
Asthma: Diagnosed Feb. 2007
 
Medications- Flovent 110mcg and Albuterol


Razzle
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   Posted 6/13/2008 12:13 AM (GMT -7)   
Try a higher protein, lower carbohydrate, moderate to low salt diet with plenty of water to help reduce Prednisone side-effects.
-Razzle
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Mia84
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   Posted 6/17/2008 11:24 PM (GMT -7)   
Well im down to the last 3 days of my prednisone. I think it has helped even though my chest is sore and my ribs in my back are killing me between my shoulder blades. Hopefully this will end soon. Does anyone else get the back tightness with their asthma?
~Mia~
 
 
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Medications- Flovent 110mcg and Albuterol


Another Day
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   Posted 6/18/2008 9:51 PM (GMT -7)   
Mia,
 
When are you supposed to go back to see your doctor?  You should at least check in with him and let him know about the back tightness.  It could possibly be from coughing so much, but just to be on the safe side, let your doctor know about it.
 
I'm glad the Prednisone is helping you.
 
Hugs!
 
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Mia84
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   Posted 6/18/2008 10:03 PM (GMT -7)   
My next appt is not till August 15th.
~Mia~
 
 
Asthma: Diagnosed Feb. 2007
 
Medications- Flovent 110mcg and Albuterol


zkt
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   Posted 6/19/2008 7:47 PM (GMT -7)   
What other meds are you on ?

Another Day
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   Posted 6/19/2008 8:04 PM (GMT -7)   

Mia,

If you are not better in about two weeks, I would make an appointment to go ahead and see your doctor.  I would rather you be on the safe side.  I am not a physician, just a volunteer who has gone through a lot of asthma, allergies and now bacterial pneumonia.  I don't want you to take the chance of getting sicker when an office visit might take care of it.

Hugs!

Carla

 

 


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Mia84
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   Posted 6/19/2008 11:32 PM (GMT -7)   
The meds im on right now is Flovent 2x daily, Albuterol as needed and I have one day left on Prednisone.
~Mia~
 
 
Asthma: Diagnosed Feb. 2007
 
Medications- Flovent 110mcg and Albuterol


zkt
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   Posted 6/20/2008 7:20 AM (GMT -7)   
There are several different classes of asthma meds and within those classes a few different drugs. You might try a different inhaled glucocorticoid- perhaps Mometasome would be more effective for you. Spiriva helps many people. Foradil is another. There are others- you might to "shop around" till you find the combination that works for you.
Albuterol via nebulizer every6 hrs. is more effective that the puffer. Dosing more often with albuterol will lessen its effetiveness. What is your age please ?
GL

Mia84
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   Posted 6/20/2008 9:14 AM (GMT -7)   
Im 23 yrs old.
 
I just started Flovent a month and half ago and it seemed to be working but then I caught bronchitis 3 weeks ago and been struggling with getting back to normal with that. about a week ago is when I started experiencing the back tightness every day and mostly in the evenings. I have a lil tightness in the front with it to. But when my back gets tight and it hurts I dont want to do anything.
~Mia~
 
 
Asthma: Diagnosed Feb. 2007
 
Medications- Flovent 110mcg and Albuterol


thp636
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   Posted 6/20/2008 12:46 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Mia,
I agree that you should at least let your doctor know about your current symptoms. I understand how you might be hesitant to call because you don't want to seem to be seen as a hypochondriac. Just remember,the doctor can't help if he doesn't know.
 
I am going through much the same thing. Asthma flare following a URI. I am also on antibiotics and prednisone and breathing treatments but I know why my chest, ribs, and back ache.  I only found out by keeping my doc informed.
 
I hope that you feel better. Please call your doctor's office.
Tom

Mia84
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   Posted 6/20/2008 2:31 PM (GMT -7)   
Your right I am hesitant to call my doctor again b/c I have called/seen him 3 times the past 3 weeks. Like I said the back tightness/pain has been going on for a week now and if it doesnt ease up after this weekend I will give him another call.
 
Im just confused b/c my asthma seems to be a lot better than it was 2 weeks ago. But now im just dealing with the back tightness/ache and some chest tightness in the front.  I still get short of breath easier than before but my peak flows are up higher than they were and im no longer coughing and theres no wheezing. But then again I hardly ever have wheezing as a symptom even when my peak flows were almost done in the red zone and that seems to puzzle my doctor some.
~Mia~
 
 
Asthma: Diagnosed Feb. 2007
 
Medications- Flovent 110mcg and Albuterol


thp636
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   Posted 6/20/2008 11:23 PM (GMT -7)   
It does sometime take a while to get back to normal, particularly if the asthma attack was caused by a secondary illness. It's understandable if you are still sore and achy. You've been through a lot.

As for wheezing, well I almost never wheeze. I have been diagnosed with cough variant asthma following a methacholine challenge test. Perhaps that's what you also have. When I have an attack I cough very severely and can't get a breath. The asthma drugs do help in relaxing the brochospasms. Although I am still vulnerable to irritants, I am much less vulnerable since I have been on a routine of asthma maintenance and rescue meds.

Because of the severe coughing my chest, ribs and back are very sore following an exacerbation. I'm no expert, these are just my experiences.I hope that you find some answers.
Good luck,
Tom

Mia84
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   Posted 6/21/2008 12:47 AM (GMT -7)   
This is my first exacerbation with asthma so its a learning experience for me. But I coughed a lot when I was sick so I could just be really sore. I ran around a lot at work tonight and I could feel my asthma starting to flare a lil. Now my back is aching once again like it has every evening and my ribs are tender to touch tonight.
~Mia~
 
 
Asthma: Diagnosed Feb. 2007
 
Medications- Flovent 110mcg and Albuterol


Razzle
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   Posted 6/21/2008 2:19 AM (GMT -7)   
Pleurisy may be to blame for your back pain. Please call your doctor Monday if you don't experience improvement this weekend. Take care,
-Razzle
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