User Reviews for Prednisone to treat COPD
Brand names: Rayos
Prednisone has an average rating of 7.4 out of 10 from a total of 14 reviews for the treatment of COPD. 71% of reviewers reported a positive experience, while 21% reported a negative experience.
Reviews for Prednisone
"I have COPD. Experienced an exacerbation of the condition one evening. Went to ER. Coughing, shortness of breath and difficult breathing. I was given a Nebulizer treatment with the medication Albuterol Sulfate in ER and sent home with a Nebulizer machine to do the breathing treatment 2 x daily, AM and PM. Also, given 2 Prednisone before leaving ER with prescription for 14 tabs taken at various intervals until gone. I really felt great, full of energy, but as down to last of the medicine, feeling very achy all over, rather flu like. I know it is going off the Prednisone, as have taken it before some time ago, and you just kind of "crash" when you stop."
"During an exacerbation COPD I'm sure I'm dying. I have lost all energy and become breathless. I feel I've aged 25 years in days. With prednisone, I begin feeling normal again in 24 hours. I can breathe, taking in deep breaths. I can sleep all night without choking. I can be social with our coughing so much and so hard that I urinate myself. It is a godsend."
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"Have had to use prednisone for many reasons ..I believe it's a miracle drug..a life saver!! But with bad side effects... and shouldn't be taken for long periods of time .. I suffer from COPD, psoriasis, and cirrhosis of the liver.. I should be 6 ft. under at the age of 68 with all my issues but like I said prednisone is helping me to live day to day!!!"
"Hacking deep dry cough woke me up in the middle of the night for days until I started the Prednisone taper yesterday. Last night I woke once with a light cough, but easily went back to sleep. I am taking 10 mg pills, 5 a day for 2 days, then 4 a day for 2 days, then 3 a day for 2 days, then 2 a day for 2 days, then 1 a day for 2 days."
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"Unfortunately, I was an inpatient for 4 days for COPD & got hooked up to Pred in my IV, too sick to ? anything. I was sent home taking 60mg of the stuff! I was never warned about side effects, its contraindication w/ an MDD diagnosis, how it would destroy my fibromyalgia/anxiety/Inattentive ADD medication regimen efficacy, or that it would have to be slooowly tapered down. I've put on 30 lbs of weight in areas I never have before, like my neck & upper back. I have no idea how I'll lose it in time for my wedding in 6 months. After tapering down to 10 mg & just wanted to be done with it for good, I went off CT & 7 days in I couldn't urinate, eat, sleep, walk, lift anything or breathe. My hands, feet & calves swelled to 2x their normal size during this time. Having no other option, I went back on the Pred & within a day lost 15 lbs of fluid that my body held in during withdrawal. The depression, fear of becoming an invalid & excruciating pain of that week that put me in a dark place."
"I've used Prednisone when released from hospital after an COPD exacerbation. Tapered from 40mg per day down to 2.5mg per day over 2 weeks. Helped immensely! I'm now stage 4 and just moving without being breathless is difficult. I am now taking 5 mg per day as a long term aid and it really helps significantly without terrible side effects. Some mild mood swings and minor fluid retention comes with it, but really rather mild. I'll put up with them while actually breathing 30% better!!!"
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"Other than suppressing my appetite, I don't get the bad reactions. But it sure helps me breath when I go through the occasional " coughing" spells, where I can barely catch my breath ! Even without insurance, it is a cheap drug too! ($8) Mine was 10 mg. Taper off about 11 days, total."
"My experience is awful they started with solumedrol and now this prednisone. I hallucinate all the time sweating profusely, my vision is blurry and my breathing is worse. The hospital overdosed me I think."
"A course of 2 x 40mg tablets for 7 days, then 1 tab 40mg for 7 days then half tablet for 7 days works really well for my COPD/asthma. Strengthens lungs and body, removes mucus and I am well for over 6 months with no use of inhaler. I have used this method three times now with great results"
"Had a terrible reaction. After day 1 I couldn't stop coughing and a lot of black phlegm came up. Day 3 I started to turn red, I got this during a holiday weekend and my doctor was out of town so I just finished the prescription. The experience was terrible and I was taking it for a lung infection. It didn't help."
Rayos (prednisone) "I took a seven day 50mg dose to clear up lung congestion used with nebulizer 4 times a day mine cleared right up and felt like I had a new set of lungs , until the next flairup. It works."
"Love prednisone for COPD, it helps me live. Everyone will have different reactions to all medications. This one works for me."
"Made me hungry I gained weight"
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"Have been given Prednisone for severe back pain but was recently give 20mg dose for my COPD. I'm like a new man since taking it. The Dr. wanted me to stop taking it after a few months but there were side effects. I'm 68 years old and except for the COPD not in bad shape. I really don't understand why people my age who can have a much higher quality of life with a fairly mild medication as this are constantly being asked to stop taking it. I thought physicians took an oath to do no harm. This medication helps me breathe and I've grown very fond of it.... Breathing that is..."