Prednisone and immune system

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Avatar f tn I suggest that you ask your doctor what is the soonest you can stop taking the prednisone and if treatment other than prednisone, for your chest congestion, might be helpful. Then, when the congestion resolves, if you have not been vaccinated arrange to get the flu vaccine.
Avatar f tn Prednisone is an immune system depressant, and in some cases the risk is worth the benefit. As stated many people become monsters when they are on this steroid. This is because whenever the immune system is depressed, the body develops a different personality. Genetically, this has survival value. Imagine a human wounded and unable to defend themselves. A verbally agressive action might keep a predator away. In the case of a severe asthmatic attack, oral predinsone may save a person's life.
Avatar m tn was advised that i have type 2 diabetes and turning off my immune system while im already in a bout with just seems extreme and i fear my condition will worsen since no immune protection.and increase of blood sugar levels. for a sore throat ??
Avatar n tn I have been on and off carbimazole for 10 years the last lot I had was 3 years ago. Will the prednisone suppress the immune system so that the thyroid antibodies will decrease?
Avatar n tn After the last pill my breathing is tight, more coughing than usual and wheezing. Could this be caused from the prednisone? How long before it's out of my system?
Avatar n tn Hi All Before my diagnosis I was also going to be put on prednisone. I was positive however that some kind of infection was behing my illness. When I read more I realised that prednisone knocks out the immune system and this is what is suppose to be necessary when treating "auto-immune ilnesses". However, if it is an infection that is causing your illness then prednisone (steroid treatment) will likely cause an increase or worsening of symptoms.
Avatar m tn When a change occurs, such as a tapering or an alteration of immunosuppressant drugs, the immune system reinitiates and vigorously attempts to control the virus, resulting in acceleration of liver damage. Therefore, either steroid avoidance or maintaining low levels, coupled with a slow tapering of corticosteroids, may be beneficial to HCV-infected transplantation recipient
Avatar m tn Not only will you gain weight, you will destroy your immune system and weaken your bones. And in my case it caused adrenal fatigue with consequent anxiety and panic attacks. The is not an uncommon side effect and a case of the cure being worse than the illness. I switched over to natural anti-inflammatories and mucolytics and am happier and healthier for it and there are no side effects. How bad is your COPD? What stage are you in?
Avatar n tn Speaking for myself only, I don't think mtx has damaged my immune system. Mtx keeps my immune system from getting out of control and attacking my joints. Without it, I'm sure I'd be having a lot more problems. Mtx has been around for decades and its effects and side effect are well known and documented. I trust it more than I trust prednisone, which I try to avoid at all costs. Sorry, I know this is long, I hope it was helpful.
Avatar f tn Then, I go to the doctor, they prescribe antibiotics, and about half the time they prescribe a course of prednisone. They give me a different nasal steroid to try, but they all cause side effects which are intolerable. I feel better while I am on the antibiotics (courses have ranged between 4 days for azythromycine to 21 days for clindamycin, and I have been on antibiotics 4 times over the past 5 months or so). And then within 2 days of stopping the antibiotics, I have another cold.
4451049 tn?1387157037 We all know that Lyme CAN suppress CD57 counts... What about the rest of the immune system? Has anyone had any other immune testing aside from the CD57 count? So far I have had a normal IgG subclass, a normal CD56 (that represents NK cells too), a normal CD4 and CD8+. None of the common detoxification issues typically associated with TBIs either. No inflammation (courtesy of a normal IL6 and inflammatory markers).
Avatar n tn I have allergies and still have strong symptoms despite being on the prednisone. Is this normal? Is it possible that my immune system has adapted to the prednisone and is still attacking through it? My UC flare has not abated despite the high dose of prednisone and continued use. My doctor had me do a blood test to see if I'm eligible for Imuran. I'm worried that my allergies and flare will still continue even with the Imuran since it only weakens my immune system.
Avatar f tn The nice thing is that the prednisone has helped alleviate those cold symptoms, but I've read that it can weaken your immune system. I'm only supposed to take the prednisone for 5 days total. Is this going to make me sicker/make the cold last longer when I get off the prednisone in a few days?
Avatar n tn The problem with prednisone is suppression of the immune system that prevents malignancies. Thus, every additional day on prednisone increases your chance of a malignancy. Prednisone is a life-saving medication, but at ten months continuous use you are in the "unsafe" zone, and your chance of developing a malignancy is significant. There is a bright side. Stopping the prednisone enables your immune system to again begin scavanging malignancies. Theoretically.
Avatar n tn Apparetnly, I have bedome Prednizone dependent. Nothing els has seemed to work and we've tried about everything. My question refers to a previous post from "too crazy" in which "caregiver 222" indicated a concern that the problem with prednisone is suppression of the immune system that prevents malignancies. Right now, my doctor has me tapering off Predinizone with the goal of getting down to 5 mg every other day in another month or two.
Avatar n tn Vet is not sure if its an infection, toxin exposure or cancer. Her immune system is attacking her platelets. Liver & kidney are fine, its not tick related, body is trying to reproduce red cells per vet. She has also been on levothyroxine for hypothyroidism for about 2 yrs now. I hope to god its not cancer and it terrifies me that she will have other problems by being on prednisone, but vet says its 50 50 chance. Any info would be helpful to me.
Avatar m tn The information I've been able to find so far reveals problems with the immune system while on prednisone as well as a higher risk of osteoporosis. We're just trying to figure this out...., no one in our family has ever had bone cancer before. We're not sure if this is something we should be keeping an eye out for with other family members or if this was an isolated situation.
Avatar f tn He figured it was from the interferon putting the immune system into overdrive and the prednisone would calm it down. Doesn't sound like it would be the best thing on tx but a short course (even the 5 days I did) didn't make a big change in things, just helped along when I was done.
394687 tn?1290924440 2 Caution - The interaction may occur based on the mechanism of action of the co-administered medicines. Be alert for increased or decreased effect, depending on the combination of medicines. Documentation Level : Limited - Few reports of this interaction exist. These few reports usually consist of limited case reports where clinically sound justification of the interaction is found.
Avatar m tn It has helped immersely for my allergies and greatly reduces the time it takes for me to get through a sinus cold. I use the neli-med system that is available in co-op and walmart. It also has convientate packs for the saline rinse so you don't have to measure out the proper concentrations. Also have you tried any nasal steroid sprays? They are suppose to have less side effects.
218977 tn?1230700972 the virus may NEVER be entirely gone, or fully eradicated...but only held tightly in check, by a now dominant and capable immune system. The exceptions to the SVR rule of durability seem to be a handful of cases where heavy doses of immuno-suppressive drugs were given, over a long period of time...thus provoking a 'relapse' of sorts, from a true SVR state previously. That is how I interpret these researchers' stance on the issue anyway. They MAY turn out to be wrong....or right...
158939 tn?1274918797 OMGosh.... what are you feeling like? Yuck?? and to top it off.... it hangs in the system for almost forever - sometimes 3 to 6 months...
217229 tn?1192766004 Although speaking for myself, I would not take it until at least 6 months post tx (unless you desperately needed it), just to make absolutely certain the cooties were gone for good before tempting fate by tuning down your immune system with prednisone so soon after stopping treatment.
Avatar n tn Although prednisone can give you hot flashes and night sweats, as I mentioned before, 5mg probably wouldn't do that too often, if at all. Prednisone can also weaken the immune system slightly but're only on 5mg so...My best guess would be that you may have a bug. I am not a physician nor do I know you or your history. Only you know "you" better than anyone. But it sounds as if you may have a flu-like bug. I was on prednisone for a long time as well for a GI condition.
Avatar f tn Years ago I used to be troubled with recurrent yeast infections, they were just constant, but since then I had managed to avoid antibiotics and it's only since been on the prednisone that I have had trouble. I do take acidophilus but I think the effect of the prednisone can overwhelm. I will visit Gyn this week I feel like I still have a mild yeast not causing discomfort but have tiny bits of that discharge and a bit red there.
Avatar f tn I started high doses of Prednisone in November and because of the effect they have on my immune system, I have gotten sick twice. I also gained 14 lbs. I decided I had enough of the steroids and opted for a homeopathic remedy (my hives are obviously due to stress). It was working for the most part - more than 90% of the hives gone. I feel sad for all of you that have to go through this. Thanks for listening. Well, I've been sick for 3 weeks.
Avatar n tn Hello, In Idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura the immune system destroys platelets, which are essential for normal blood clotting. Adults are usually prescribed prednisolone at a dosage of 1mg/kg per day.Dexamethasone is also used since it is almost 6 times as potent as prednisone and has a longer plasma and biologic half-life.According to me you should not defer treatment as a further drop in platelet count can be dangerous for your health. Consult your doctor and discuss your concerns.
199882 tn?1310188142 Don't know if this will help but after my mother-in-law had her liver transplant, along with her medication to suppress her immune system she was taking 10mg of prednisone per day for several years, then she went down to 5mg for several more years. A few years ago she was concerned that the prednisone would harm her bones so she asked to be taken off of it. She regrets that decision. She said she now knows what it feels like to be 65 years old!