I have terrible flare ups of dyshidrotic eczema on the palms of my hands. When it gets so bad that I can no longer move my hands without pain, prednisone is the ONLY drug I have found that is effective in stopping further outbreaks. The problem is that obviously it is a steroid, so no long term use. Often times I do not take the med as prescribed because in my opinion the prescription instructions are insane. If I am given a bottle of 15-20 30-50mg pills I will hoard that bottle for 3-6 months taking only one pill every 1-3 days until the flare up is under control. Sometimes I am prescribed a week long pack of methylprednisone. In this case you are given a blister card with a 'weeks worth' of 10mg pills. When this is the case I will only take it for 3 days. I will start by taking 30mg, then 20, then 10- you get the idea. Hope this helps.
- Prednisone Information for Consumers
- Prednisone Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Prednisone (detailed)
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