was put on one and one half tab twice a day for 7 days, then one tab twice a day for 7 days, then one half tab twice a day for 4 days, then one forth a tab for 3 days. these are 20 mg tab. just wondering about side effects of a viral infection like singles when using prednisone
Has anyone heard of being treated for singles by using prednisone?
- 5 Oct 2013 by crossways3
- 9 October 2013
Yes, prednisone is used in Shingles to treat the pain and inflammation.
Sorry to hear that you are suffering from shingles. I had to have treatment for this a couple of years ago. I was already taking prednisone for Rheumatoid Arthritis but my doctor also prescribed Gabapentin which I found (by listening to others who suffered from shingles) to be a godsend that worked quickly and was really effective. It not only was a great help with my shingles but when I came to stop taking it I found it had also been helping the lower back pain I was having because of trapped nerves. The pain had gone but as I came of the Gabapentin it soon returned. I won't bore you with all my medical problems but I still take it today and have found it a great help with pain caused by trapped nerves etc. This has delighted my Neurologist.
Because of my RA I have been taking Prednisone for years with no ill effects. But my Doctor is fantanstic and makes sure I have regular blood tests etc. to ensure that all is well. So always listen to their advice.
Shingles is horrible so I hope you feel better soon.
Been dealing with shingles since January. Keep getting new outbreaks. I am on prednisone for eight plus years. It makes the sores tiny, less inflamed. It helps some with pain although gabapentin is the key along with lidocaine patches. It is miserable but all of those will help. Time is the key. Good luck with it. Be sure to get the patches if you have not. They do help reduce the area of pain or intense itching.
- Prednisone Information for Consumers
- Prednisone Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Prednisone (detailed)
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