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Some of the risks you may encounter using Prednisone on the regimen
you stated are increased blood sugar and blood pressure. Internal
cortisones may also worsen or activate peptic ulcers. In order to help
prevent an ulcer from forming while on cortisone, one should take Tums
three times a day. There have been rare cases of people becoming
psychotic (agitated and having hallucinations) or depressed while on
short treatments of Prednisone. There also are cases of people
developing osteonecrosis of the hip while on short-term Prednisone.
This complication can only be treated by total hip replacement (a
major operation). People with glaucoma should not take Prednisone
without asking their eye doctor. Prednisone can cause glaucoma to
occur in people who have never had it before. You can also have Sodium
retention, increased appetite, increased fat deposits, increased acid
in your stomach. increased sweating (especially at night), increased
hair growth, acne on the face, back, and chest, bone and muscle
problem, increased sensitivity to the sun, delayed wound healing,
decreased ability to fight infection, and thrush (Candida) growth in
Use of other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agents, suh as alcohol or
aspirin increases risk of adverse stomach and gastrointestinal
effects. It is reccomended you take with meals to minimize gastric
irritation. It is best taken in morning to coincide with the body's
normal secretion of cortisol. Tell your doctor if you have severe
abdominal pain or black stools, and also report any unusual swelling,
weight gain, tiredness, bone pain, bruising, non-healing sores, visual
disturbances, or behavior changes.
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Request for Answer Clarification by
07 Jul 2004 20:44 PDT
The disclaimer is duly noted. Unfortunately, you haven't addressed my
question. You told me the side effects that can occur with short term
prednisone usage. but that isn't what I asked for. I wanted to get a
feel for the risk, i.e., how likely I am to get these side effects. In
other words, how much does likelihood of contracting some of these
conditions increase if i repeat the one week regimen after waiting 3
or 4 months.
You told me what can happen, but my question is "what is the risk, ie,
how likely is it". My doctor and pharmacist feel that with one-time
use the risk is negligible. My question asks whether it is still
negligible with the rate of repition I specified, and if not, how
risky is it. e.g., am I certain to get some side effects, or is it in
the 50% range, or is it in the 10% range?
Do you see what I'm trying to get a handle on?
Clarification of Answer by
08 Jul 2004 08:15 PDT
I wish I could give you a definitive answer on that. No one can
predict side effects. Sometimes they can occur and sometimes they may
not. Now, with this medication, since a build up of it occurs in the
body, the more times you take it, the greater the risk for certain
side effects, so the higher the chances.
Now, your doctor and pharmacists are right, with a 1 week treatment
the first time, you have the same chances for a side effect as anyone
else, so as they say, negligible However, every time you do another 1
week treatment, you're taking a chance on whether or not you'll have a
side effect. I wish I could give you a definite percentage of your
chance, but as I mentioned, side effects are random in most people,
you can't predict the chances of it happening.
Think of this as someone throwing a ball at you. Eventually, the
chances increase that they will score a direct hit.
I hope this helps you out to understand the risks involved.