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mscrowbar
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   Posted 4/22/2011 1:52 PM (GMT -6)   
I thought the doctor was going to give me the prednisone taper  down pack but he did not. He gave me 5mg pills to be taken 2x a day till next appt.
 
Is this the normal dosage most start on? How soon should I see improvement if it in fact does help?
 
 

Lynnwood
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   Posted 4/22/2011 2:48 PM (GMT -6)   
That is not an unusual way to start - it all depends on the dr and on the severity of your symptoms what dosage is prescribed.

You will probably feel some improvement within 7-14 days. Some people have a little stomach upset at first, take with food, and that reaction general goes away in a week or so.

Many people have trouble sleeping, so I'm curious about the 2x daily schedule. I was on 10 mg in the am (taken as early as possible) and still had some sleep issues. I would take as he prescribed for a couple of days, but if sleep becomes an issue call and ask if you can take it all early in the day.

Hope you feel better soon! (How long till your next appt?)
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mscrowbar
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   Posted 4/24/2011 10:34 AM (GMT -6)   
I think that I am already noticing an improvement. The burning muscle pain is easing up.  So far I haven't noticed any sleep issues but I take ambien cr before bed anyway, have for quite some time. I'll keep track of it though, thanks for the info.
 
 
 Is that dosage small enough to possibly avoid some of its more severe side affects but large enough to show improvement?
 
My doctors appt is May 11th.
 
Do you have suggestions on what I should ask the doctor or tell the doctor about how I feel or should feel. I want to do what ever it takes to finally get diagnosed so that I can be sure to be on the right meds. Taking lots of meds scares me, and my "pill drawer" is getting fuller.
 
I have been having some sort of muscle ache right under my left rib cage. At first I thought that it could be kidney stones but it hasn't moved, then I thought pleurisy but it hasn't gotten any worse and the pain isn't stabbing. Do you have any suggestions of what it could be?

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   Posted 4/24/2011 11:40 AM (GMT -6)   
Check out the articles in the Lupus Resources thread that is referenced in my signature. It contains ideas from several members about how to prepare for a drs visit and what info to bring as well as what you might want to ask about.
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suetoo
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   Posted 4/24/2011 1:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi!
I was told to take it early in the am cause it can impair sleep, and also that it should never be stopped abruptly.
hugs, suetoo
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Meds: Plaquenil, Neurontin, Thyroid, meloxicam, Aspirin, Atenolol and Norvasc, Prednisone 5mg daily. Vit. B12 2400 mcgs, Vit D 1000U and  Ambien every night.

mscrowbar
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   Posted 4/25/2011 11:00 AM (GMT -6)   
suetoo, I noticed that you are taking a lot of the same meds as me. My rheumy put me on prednisone but told me not to take the meloxicam because they cannot be taken together. Are you taking them both in the same day? I wonder what the harm is?
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suetoo
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   Posted 4/26/2011 10:28 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi! Denita,
Hmmnnn, I've never heard that, so I will ask next visit. I take the prednisone in the early am, and the meloxicam in the evening at dinner time. One of the blessings of this forum is the reality that so many of us have walked through the same, difficult path, taking the same type of meds, for the same reasons, and dealing with so many drs. who never see us or hear what we are saying, because they look at the lab reports in front of their face.  Where too often the conclusion is...... well, come back in 6 months and we'll wait to repeat the tests, at least here we have each other to understand.
Hugs,
suetoo

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CNS Lupus 2005, APS, Hashimoto's Thyroiditis
Meds: Plaquenil, Neurontin, Thyroid, meloxicam, Aspirin, Atenolol and Norvasc, Prednisone 5mg daily. Vit. B12 2400 mcgs, Vit D 1000U and  Ambien every night.

Lynnwood
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   Posted 4/26/2011 12:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Well, I've taken them together in the AM for 10 years....

I like to check interactions at www.drugstore.com/pharmacy/drugchecker/ ... it's good at letting you check even OTC meds!
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