Posted 1/24/2008 11:33 AM (GMT -6)
It's important for the body to be on as little prednisone as possible for any surgery. Decreases the risk of infection. HOWEVER, once the surgery is over and he's in a stable state and recovering nicely, his prednisone should be increased to DOUBLE his normal dose. This will keep him from going into a lupus flare up.
So yes, you are wise to think this is not a good plan for him. I would talk to his rheumatologist about all this and make sure that once he's past the critical stages of the surgery, he should be boosted to a theraputic level. If he was on 7.5 before, he should be taking about 15mg for a while, then taper very slowly back to his 7.5mg.
I'm not a doc! But that is what has been told to me, if I were to ever need surgery of any kind. I hope this helps!
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33 years old. Diagnosed with lupus in 2000. Fibromyalgia, anti-phospholipid syndrome(APS)(stroke),Sjogren's, Raynaud's, seizure disorder-(miraclulously disappeared!), Libman Sach's Endocarditis, vasculitis, sacroiliitis, arthritis (neck) . Prednisone, Imuran, Coumadin, Clobazam, Amitriptyline, didrocal, monopril, calcium, Cykolokapron, multi-vitamin, vitamin D, Magnesium, vitamin B6, Acidophilus