... almost 2yrs. I don't like the side effects. I'm 67. Is there an alternative drug/medicine for Prednizone?
Have you discussed this with your rheumatologist? Do you see a rheumatologist? If not, your first step is to see a rheumy. Rheumy's have a long list of treatment options available besides steroids.
There is no other drug like prednisone. This does not mean you need it. There are other medications and kathy is right. See a rheumy and talk to him about it.
Generally prednisone is used until your condition goes into remission. Then you will slowly wean off the prednisone, has to be very slow, and another medication is given. If you have tried other meds like methotrexate and such without results, then you ought to continue pursuing possible treatments with your Rheumatologist. Read all you can about this disease. With rarer diseases one has to become their own expert. Just be careful to use real sites from hospitals and universities. There are no herbal remedies. Stay on a healthy diet. Be sure you are watched for diabetes as prednisone raises blood sugars and if not controlled it affects eyes, heart, kidney,liver. Being your own advocate relieves worries and gives you good discussions with the expert doctor. Ask for someone who treats this condition. Hope things improve for you. And never be shy about changing moods and other problems. One takes meds to counter the meds until you find a better solution. Might as well feel normal of you can. Karen
I am surprised you've been kept on it that long, I'm mid 50's and was taken off of it after 1 year due to the effects it has on your bones. I was then put onto Cymbalta and pain patches. Found they worked but I too did not want to be pushing pills all my life. Another Dr I saw started giving me 'prolotherapy' injections, can be searched, is a compound liquid of glucose and anesthetic as like the anesthetists use to put one to sleep before operations. This seemed to help and weaned right off of all tablets except Osteo Panadol and now and again codeine when had a bad day. Though I must admit injections are not working as well anymore. I was diagnosed with osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and a nerve disorder, seen Rheumatologist but was happy at time of what first Dr was prescribing. They now seem to feel it is 'fibromyalgia'.
Good luck, there is alternatives, if no luck with own Dr then look for a Dr you're once again happy with.
- Prednisone Information for Consumers
- Prednisone Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Prednisone (detailed)
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