Subbing Advil for Prednisone.

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   Posted 5/2/2017 6:34 AM (GMT -7)   
I'd been on decreasing amounts of Prednisone since November. nearly 2 weeks ago I went off it completely. I substitute an Advil (200mg) as needed, which is not every day.
Question: should I take Advil regularly, as I was taking Prednisone, to keep the inflammation from surfacing--or should I take it only as needed?

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   Posted 5/2/2017 10:46 AM (GMT -7)   
swami, Advil is an NSAID & it should not be taken on a long term basis because it can cause gastro issues. It can help with inflammation but not prevent it.

Same with Pred, it should not be taken on a long term basis because of the side effects. Long term steroids can cause adrenal failure as an example. You really need to read about it & educate yourself on the side effects. It is great for short term use but that is it. Most people (myself included) have what we call a love/hate relationship with it. Love how it can help but hate the side effects.

Talk to your dr about another medication for maintenance. Take care.
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   Posted 5/3/2017 5:00 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Swami, you should ask your Doc about it. I took ibuprofren a lot over the years and it caused gastro problems for me that landed me in the ER eventually and I can no longer take it at all. So my take on it is this; be very cautious and do not rely on it. Always take it with some food. Always talk with your doctor and tell them exactly how much and how often you are needing it. This gives them a better idea how well the primary RA medications are working as well so that you are not masking pain.

If you can not find a medication that is alleviating your symptoms enough that you are still reaching for Advil I would speak with your doctor about pain medication. I know that people hate to rely on them (I refused to take them for over 20 years) but they are a lot easier on you than NSAID's long term as long as you have the self control to take them as directed.

Hopefully your regular meds will get things under control well enough that you don't need to rely on Advil.

Take care. -Don

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   Posted 5/3/2017 5:29 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the info.
I seem to need one Advil (200mg) every other day. I've been off Prednisone for 2 weeks now. Some of the pain resurfaced but not nearly bad enough to require going back on the Pred(which I had to do once already a few months ago).
I'll ask my doc about it.
Coincidentally I've been off Methotrexate for 3 weeks as well because my AST was a little high(45). Having another blood test tomorrow to see if the number is lower.

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   Posted 5/13/2017 4:07 PM (GMT -7)   
pls check with DR
Advil is my best friend.
Prednisone saved for crisis pain times
MTX also raised my AST
Take plaqenil now- but RA is relatively quiet
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