taking it to relieve sciatica in my legs, and to reduce swellling in disk area
Hello, strugglin. Many us are doing just that. Prednisone is often used to reduce inflammation prior to other medications being used. While taking the prednisone, assuming you are talking oral and not a shot of cortisone, it will be slowly reduced over time. Often almost immediate pain relief occurs if at a high enough level. Certainly it will be reduced. However, often insurance plans will not pay for other treatments without trying it first and the doctor gains important information with how you respond and your condition changes.
Just take it as prescribed and report back to doctor if you notice changes. Write on a list so you have them for your next visit. never stop cold turkey as that can be dangerous. People have different responses to this med. higher doses, over thirty should be split as half dose in am and half dose in pm. (say for a 40mg dose it would be 20mg with breakfast and 20mg at dinner) Be sure to always have some food with it. If your stomach is bothered contact the doc for something to take. Not all OTC drugs work for this.
I have been on it for seven years. it keeps me alive. Nothing else works. So long term use is not as big a deal as some might think. Most problems arise with long term use. You may feel flushing and jittery. Perhaps more talkative or a little harder to sleep. Considering the benefits, this is not a big deal. Compared to the pain you have, take your time to acclimate to it. It is doable. Write me privately if you wish. Karen
- Prednisone Information for Consumers
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