My understanding is that prednisone begins working pretty soon after taking it. We have a "stash" of prednisone for our daughter if she gets really bad in the middle of the night. If I ever give it to her on my own then I will take her to her regular Dr asap. My daughter's pediatrician will sometimes give her dexamethasone (sp?) in the Dr's office. I guess it takes longer to work but stays in the body longer.
What about the inhalers for emergencies i.e. Azmacort or Beclovent which I would think would be your first drugs of choice in an emergency? Then start your prednisone?
Everyone reacts different to meds and there seems to be a wide spread of how fast oral prednisone works for those of you that have it for emergencies.
Please remember my background is ICU/ER so I am looking at severe emegencies and people with Status asthmaticus. an acute exacerbation of asthma that does not respond to standard treatments.
Post Edited (Chartreux) : 4/24/2007 8:14:23 AM (GMT-6)
You are absolutely right about the epipen as I carried one for my daughter for years for severe reactions but she has outgrown her allergies............
Albuterol is your rescue inhaler. Please remember to warn you children to not run out of their inhalers.
We had a teen at the highschool that was having an asthma attack and had run out of her own inhaler and used someone elses, don't remember what the drug was but by the time the paramedics got to her she was in full respiratory arrest. She died. So sad.
This is a great forum.
I am a respiratory therapist and Prednisone is NOT A RESCUE MEDICATION!!! It is prescribed to decrease inflammation in the airways. The reason it is Rx'd at the same time when you are having an attack is that bronchodilators work on dilating the airways while the corticosteroid works on "cooling" the airway inflammation. Therefore they work "hand-in-hand" on making you better. Also, make certain you know which of your bronchodilators are rescue meds and which ones are long-acting bronchodilators.
Info meant as educational purposes only and not as med advice...seek immediately med attn if exacerbation occurs and you cannot get it under control.
Post Edited (Chartreux) : 4/25/2007 7:07:45 AM (GMT-6)