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   Posted 7/16/2007 6:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi all,
Im new here been on prednisone for 2 yrs 5mg was on 30 but got down to 5 per day I know I should of aslked my doc but I forgot does Prednisone help muscle spasms?? I'm on a antibiotic for a sinus infect. and noticed muscle spasms when I first take it have notified the doc but would the pred help with that ?
Tx Jonny(female)

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   Posted 7/17/2007 12:59 AM (GMT -6)   

That's a good question, but I don't know the answer. My understanding is that prednisone suppresses the immune system in order to keep our out-of-whack antibodies from attacking our organs, such as our joints, and therefore causing inflamation and pain. Maybe someone here will know more about muscle spasms. Besides, it's 1:00 am and my ordinarily foggy mind is nearly asleep.

But do let me welcome you to a wonderful forum full of great folks who are informative, nurturing and very supportive of each other. We love it when new people join us and would like to learn more about you. I do think someone else here might be able to address your question.

Good luck with your sinus infection. They make you feel awful.

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   Posted 7/17/2007 4:04 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi Jonni, welcome to the forum, I know that prednisone helps me with muscle inflmation so it is possible I guess. I actually would be more wondering why your antibiotics are causing the problem in the first place. That doesn't sound like a normal side effect to me. I hope you were  able to reach your doctor or pharmacist.

Like Patty said there are a lot of good people here and we all look forward to getting to know you!

again welcome



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   Posted 7/17/2007 3:35 PM (GMT -6)   

Prednisone is not prescribed for muscle spasms.  It is prescribed to suppress your immune system and is also a powerful anti inflammatory.  I have polymyositis which is an inflamatory muscle disease and it is commonly used for that and other myositis diseases. 

Your muscle spasms could be a side effect of another med, or even something as simple as hypoglycemia.  You need to talk to your doctor about the spasms.


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   Posted 7/18/2007 3:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Good question!!!  I am experiencing severe muscle cramping...and I am thinking it is because I have my prednisone down to 2.5 per day?? Been tapering super slowly and cautiously, but I have NEVER experienced what I have been this past week confused   I googled it, and saw that it is a common symptom of prednisone withdrawl, but I dont know how to relieve it except uping the dose again??
I have a sinking feeling we have to up our dose a bit, for a while.
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   Posted 7/21/2007 2:48 PM (GMT -6)   
The short answer that I found was yes in some cases.. you may want to check the web site below. It is about a different disorder but contains the side effects of Pred. God bless & have a great day.

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   Posted 7/21/2007 8:12 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi all thanks for responding well I made it back to my doc the muscle spasms were the antibiotic I was on it just want NOT for me! so we changed it I do have a really bad sinus infection so he upped my prednisone to 7 instead of 5mg. so hopefully it will help I kinda wondered because Iv never had these kinds of spasms before but it was thank goodness the antib. tx for all your help tho just resting alot! 


Tx Jonny

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