Prednisone for Hayfever

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LollyLou
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   Posted 4/7/2010 3:29 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi all,

Every year for the past 2 years I have been prescribed a "Pred Pack" to treat my seasonal allergies as there has been no other remedy that works. Prior to the past 2 years (about 3 years prior) I was given a shot of Prednisone in my hip. This means I have been taking Prednisone for about 5 years. When receiving the Prednisone therapy the results are outstanding and last about a full year (through both spring and fall allergy seasons)

Questions:

Okay, so how can this drug remain effective for so long if it's not in your system the entire time?

How long does it stay in your system? Does anyone know? Would you say I've been on steroid therapy for 5 years? Or, have my doses been spread out enough that you probably wouldn't say that.

I am concerned because I have read that long term use of steroids can be very dangerous and can have very, very negative side affects.

Do you guys think I'm risking it to keep getting these treatments each year?

I think I may be feeling some side effects such as moodiness (I'm also a 40 year old female so could be unrelated)
I've also gained about 40 pounds in the past 5 years going from 120-160. I don't want to be gaining anymore weight!

jujub
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   Posted 4/7/2010 4:03 PM (GMT -7)   
Any course of prednisone less than four months is considered "short term." Since your courses are a year apart, I doubt you need to worry about this. Be sure to take the medication with food to prevent stomach problems. And it's wise to limit your salt and food intake while on it. Steroids make most people extremely hungry, and can make you crave salt. Also be sure you're getting adequate potassium in your diet - a banana once a day or a glass of orange juice can provide that.
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