Prednisone in elderly

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It is just really hard to decide. There is no right or wrong in my opinion. In your case your dog didnt react well, but like you said at least you tried, and thats what makes it hard for me I dont want him to suffer and be in pain, but i do want to know i tried all i could.
Some people do go off medication, but they almost all have another flare up. I am considered to be in remission because my LFT's have been in the normal range with meds for over a year. I was on prednisone and Imuran, now am on Imuran alone. All meds have side effects, Imuran is much kinder to the body than pres. Signs to watch for would be the same as when she was dx. If could give you a list if you would like.
I could see my hair growing back in. I did a search recently that eluded to Prednisone being capable of regrowing hair IF the cause is from an infection. I know Prednisone can regrow hair if the cause is bacterial or fungal... I don't know if it's capable if it's viral? Q: Can prednisone regrow hair if the cause is an adrenal or thyroid issue?
risk of tendinitis and tendon rupture is further increased in those over age 60, in kidney, heart, and lung transplant recipients, and with use of concomitant steroid therapy. Physicians should advise patients, at the first sign of tendon pain, swelling, or inflammation, to stop taking the fluoroquinolone, to avoid exercise and use of the affected area, and to promptly contact their doctor about changing to a non-fluoroquinolone antimicrobial drug.
I posted my question elsewhere, got some helpful advice, and also a link to here. I will repost in full and add some new (from today) information at the end. Actually, the post was much too long for this board. If you can please view the question (with history and more test results) in its entirety at http://www.medhelp.org/posts/Cats/Need-help-for-poor-appetite-cat/show/1789524 that would help me greatly.
Buprenex was the first form of Buprenorphine approved by the FDA in the United States, and is used as an analgesic (pain reliever). It is mostly used in pain management in the elderly because of its unique property of NOT depressing the already taxed respiratory systems of older individuals. It is used in place of drugs like Morphine Sulfate that could possibly kill a senior citizen without the close supervision of a physician.
So now I have to wait for three weeks before the vet can do testing for Cushings because the prednisone has to get out of her system. In the meantime, my dog is getting worse from not doing anything. I'm devastated that there is nothing I can do but sit and watch her deteriorate.
Being an elderly person myself who has experienced the problems of aging in those in my family born before me I thank you for your work in long term care, which I understand is mostly older people.
I don't have allergies of any kind and I'm in excellent health and I can learn to live with the smell of fresh baked bread in my nostrils.. I mean it could be owrse.. still I think I should get someone to check this out especially as I read about Phantom smells being a possible side efect of brain tumors...
Reglan (metoclopromadine) is a very cheap medication, unfortunately, it is also metabolized in the kidneys, so a too high dose results in toxic levels in the blood. My husband and I discovered that completely bypassing the GI tract by using reglan injections worked much better in the end. Chica didn't get the extra pyramidal side effects (extreme restlessness, shaking and trembling) from the reglan injections that she got from the oral meds.
Recent studies have refuted the previously held notion that rheumatoid arthritis has a favorable outcome. Patients experience progressive decline in joint mobility and generally get steadily worse in spite of today's toxic treatments. Such patients generally have a four- to ten- year decrease in life expectancy. More significantly, the prognosis is very poor for persons who have progressed to multiple joint involvement.
I'm 58 years old and don't know if I'm considered elderly in this sense. I've used all the eyedrops as required and am now down to only once a day in the last eye with Prednisone. Thank you for any information someone may have about this.
My dr normally put me in prednisone. I always have some in hands just in case. My mother is visiting from out of town through next week. My question is, can I give her my prednisone? To booze her out of this? I am concern due to her age. Any advice is much appreciated. Thanks.
There is some evidence linking prednisone to birth defects. The low dose in the powder inhalers don't seem to have much risk to the fetus, however oral prednisone is something the baby would be better off without.
I talked to his Dr about it, but she said she would rather manage his pain in other ways, but needs to get him of prednisone first. At this point in time, he would have to take a leave of absence from his job or quit, because coming off prednisone would completely debiliatate him.
for the past 6 months I have been experiencing a sore tightness in both of my calf muscles sporadically. It does not seem to be related to exercise since I can go for a run and feel nothing... but then I can be sitting and all of a sudden my calves (always both at the same time) start to ache and feel tight. Sometimes they feel so sore that I can almost not walk. Water seems to help on occasions. I can't understand why all of a sudden I may be becoming dehydrated so that doesn't seem logical...
I have spent a great deal of time in the hospital or dealing with my elderly Father. I am just now starting to get on my feet. Thank You for the article. We are still treating with Cellcept after finally being weaned off of high doses of prednisone. horrible side effects...
Doxepin should not be used in patients with glaucoma and should be used with extreme caution in elderly patients or those with heart disease. Doubling the labeled dose of low-sedating antihistamines may benefit some patients, and increasing the dose of these antihistamines is often the safest therapeutic approach for patients who do not have an adequate response to the conventional dose of these medications.
Ok, I'm a 29 year old female w/ Crohn's Disease. I'm currently on Prednisone for a flare. On Mon. I started having pain in my ankles, knees, hips and the front shin bones. I also had cramps in my feet; bones in my feet felt like they were twisting and I had to "push" them back. Tues. my feet cramped again & the pain in my joints increased, especially the pain on shins. To the point that I was having trouble walking more than a block at a time.
I was extremely upset to visit her and find that she was hallucinating, paranoid and very anxious, not her normal self in any way. The nurse told me that she had prednisone psychosis, which I had never heard of. I asked why she was being given a steroid, and she said it was to treat the leukemia! You can imagine my reaction to that. I raised holy hell with that facility, which noted the reaction my mother had, didn't care, and didn't care that they were going against the family directive.
The skin is literally coming off in piles. Here hands are also so swollen she can barely move them. Here skin is not so tight she can barely move from that too. This keeps her up all no night so she is absolutely exhausted. I am also told her skin now has an orange tint so I suspect something to due with liver. At first they thought an allergic reaction to her Heart and Diabetes medicine but she has been off all of that and on prednisone for over two weeks with no help.
and it's not supposed to be life threatening, and will usually go away on it's own. I have heard that mostly the elderly get it..and usually in the elderly, it doesn't go away. I had to wear an eye patch at night so that my eye would not dry up at night. I don't remember having a pain in my jaw. Maybe you should go see a primary doc. ER docs don't usually do too much to help. They always tell me that all they do is rule out any emergencies.
I have a new cataract forming in one eye, that my optho feels is related to tx. Small and not problematic. I have heard of a few others who have developed cataracts while on tx.
Corticosteroid therapy should be instituted at relatively low dosages (15 to 25 mg/day of prednisone or equivalent) and in a controlled setting in patients with myasthenia gravis. Respiratory support should be available, and the dosage should be increased stepwise as tolerated (approximately 5 mg/day of prednisone or equivalent at 2- to 3-day intervals until marked clinical improvement or a dosage of 50 mg/day is reached).
We care for my wife's 93 year old mother in our home. She has occasional a-fib, but none of the other heart issues you mentioned. She is currently being treated for bladder cancer. She has survived breast cancer, and a psychosis caused by prednisone that has contributed to impaired cognitive functioning. Reaching 90 and over is quite an achievement and needs to be celebrated. I think you would agree that caring for the elderly has its difficulties, yet it is such a privilege.
Ok, so a little over a year ago I broke out into hives that lasted for four months, I was diagnosed with Lupus because I also had extreme fatigue and excruciating pain in my hands. After 2 months I was told that it wasn't lupus but that it was probably Fybromyalgia even though my ANA came back positive. Since then I was told to stop taking the prednisone and plaquenil that they had originally prescribed me.
Got my life back again and don't have to wear senior's diaper pads! I don't know which country you are in, can only tell you what my gastro in the UK prescribes - he is the best, so very committed to IBD - he even worked in a leper colony some years ago. I hope you can get your mother some relief from her daily dreadful symtoms. I was faecally incontinent in the street when undergoing FEC chemo for breast cancer which was very embarrassing.
Positive ANA results are found in patients who have various autoimmune diseases, infections, cancer, lung diseases, gastrointestinal diseases, hormonal diseases, blood diseases, skin diseases, the elderly, people with a family history of rheumatic disease. ANAs are actually found in about 5% of the normal population. You mention you have GERD and this is mainly due to insufficient stomach acid.
Your original question was how to help an elderly, arthritic dog, in the most economical fashion. With your additional information (doggie diapers, can't stand on back legs, considering euthanasia), it is becoming more clear that the situation is very advanced. Any of the arthritis remedies that have been mentioned work best if started when the dog first shows mild symptoms. In the end stages of the disease process, they tend not to work nearly as well.
The hair growth on face occurs in elderly men. Itchy skin may be due to dryness as the skin becomes increasingly dry in old age. Make sure you keep your skin well moisturized and drink plenty of water.
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