I'm living n Costa Rica and just got over a bad case of the flu but left with a breathing problem (chest infection) and have asthma. Normally my Dr. in the states will give me an antibiotic and predisone. I have the antibiotic and just came from the pharmacy with the prednisone but I don't know what dosage to take. I bought the 20mg pills in a box of ten tablets. I always use an inhaler as well. Anyone have suggestions on dosage? I'm 200lb and normally a healthy 58 years old with no other conditions.
In general, most people take the drug for a short time in order to avoid long-term prednisone side effects. These side effects can usually be avoided by taking the medication for less than two weeks or by taking lower prednisone dosages (less than 20 mg per day). Taking the drug every other day or just in the morning may also help.
Because you should not stop taking prednisone suddenly (unless you have been taking it for just a few days), your healthcare provider will recommend a plan to slowly stop taking it. However please reconfirm facts with your doc/pharmacist, hope this helps?
- Prednisone Information for Consumers
- Prednisone Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Prednisone (detailed)
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