... feet, knee, hip, lower back mostly). This has been like a vacation both times. Is this a drug that can be taken indefinitely? I am a 70 year-old female, 140 lbs with no other medical issues, very active and good diet. Is there another safer drug that would work close to as well with less potential issues with HBP and liver and kidney issues? I would hate to add to the problem
Generally speaking corticosteroids should not be taken long term. The medication and dosage you are taking is safe. Your doctor has you on a low dose which is good. The low dose lessens side effect issues that you mention. If it works for you then don't fix something that's not broken. At 4 mg and no preexisting hypertension it is highly unlikely that you would develop hypertensive issues. If you do develop an issue that is intolerable contact your pharmacist and doctor.
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It is fortunate that this low dose benefits you so well. Due to finances, you may want to ask if you can try the comparable dose of 5 mg of prednisone. Some people notice a difference between taking the two forms, but I did not. Can only tell you that under my drug plan (age 68), 30 tabs of prednisone is $1 and 30 tabs of methylprednisolone was $100. When your inflammation is under better control, you may be able to slowly and successfully reduce to 3 or 2 mg.
- Methylprednisolone Information for Consumers
- Methylprednisolone Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Methylprednisolone (detailed)
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