My husband is taking a 10 day regime of 10 mg and tapering off over a 10 day period. This is after being on solumedrol iv in the hospital for an exacerbation of his COPD. He has only had the edema for 2 days.
I have taken Prednisone for the biggest part of 28 years and swelling and fluid retention are common side effects. It is good that your husband is on the Zpack, where you take a high dose, or any dose and take for 10 days, tapering every day or so. Drinking plenty of water will help get rid of the edema. If it continues after he stops the Prednisone, a few days worth of Lasix will help get rid of excess water retention.
Yes. Prednisone causes sodium retention and potassium loss which may lead to fluid retention. Fluid retention is a short term side effect and should disappear soon after treatment has stopped. Talk with your doctor if the fluid retention is not diminishing or you are concerned.
Wondering how your husband is doing with the swelling. If he still has it press on it. If it leaves an indentation that doesn't bounce back or is hard, he needs to see a doctor right away. Have his feet up to reduce swelling. Walking does as well. The solumedrol is another steroid to reduce a reaction of the other meds he received in the IV. If he was reacting to that large amount, he may be much better now.
I would say yes, I had swelling in my ankles this happened to me in July, same 10 day regime for upper respiratory infection. I also think the steroids led to a bleed in my small intestines which put me in the hospital, I didn't realize just how much damage steroids could do...
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