I have COPD and my Drs. have said i will always have to take the Prednisone. The weight gain is as bad for my breathing as the cigarettes were>
I also take 6mg of prednisone for Polymyalgia Ruematica. I started out on 60mg a day three years ago. I gained a lot of weight but as I have come down I have lost all of it. Ithink when your body adapts to it, you won't gain any more & then will actually start losing. I, too will probably be on 5 or 6 mg the rest of my life,plus now I'm on a low dose of methatrexate hoping to cut down even more on the prednisone. Good Luck to you in your battle withCOPD.
I HAVE STAGE (3-1/2) COPD,smoked (everything) over 47yrs.i told my doc's to just get me off it and let me be the judge of how things go,there are other ways to controll/help breathing than prednizone as well, had i not acted when i did i beleave to this day the pred.would have done me in... i,m still not on it and no worse for it. (using diff. inhailors & theGRAND OUT COME IS... > docter's #1.& 2 & 3. wow , didnt think you would servive with out the pred. , good deal!! hummm, i,v done extensive resurch on the big " P ". if you wern't a waight problem person to begin with , then you will get back to norm after the pred. The tapper is to allow your syliva glands to restart up on their own as pred. conceds its control over them... its been noted , someones glands didnt start up on their own so the tapper is a precoution,as for the side effects leaving?? , it takes a massive dose or two in order for your system to become saturated,then a regiment of that stuff at a tic lower dose to maintain a condition such as yours and theirs and mine. in the same token , tapper means pred. (slowly) loses its ability to control, the weaker it gets untill , the better the side effects get, till its out of your body ,
- Prednisone Information for Consumers
- Prednisone Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Prednisone (detailed)
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