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Prednisone

Prednisone

How much prednisone is too much, I have been on an off it for 3 months, it’s the only thing giving me any relief.

A myRAteam Member said:

I have had RA for 34 years and have been on low dose prednisone the whole time. I do not recommend it - just try to be on the lowest dose possible. I have always been on 3-5 mg. It makes you bruise easy, thin skin, and weight gain. etc. Hope this helps.
Mary

posted 5 months ago
A myRAteam Member said:

There are so many new DMARDS and Biologic medications now prescribed by rheumotologist to relieve pain ,stiffness and destruction to joints and internal organs from RA. Ask or go to rheumotogist. There are programs from these drug companies that manufacture them. Copays are low. Other options beside Prednisone and side effects. Ask your doctor, nurse about applying for these programs if you do not have insurance or on Medicare only. Medicare advantage programs reluctant or don't pay for these newer medications. Use Medicare and apply for the biologic med programs. When RA attacked my lungs in 2016. I was on steroids for inflammation, oxygen and resp Rx for nearly 6 months. I was started on Rituxan infusions with excellent results. I only had United healthcare insurance. I am not old enough for Medicare. Rituxan infusion program I enrolled in made all the difference in preventing lung damage and joint damage. If you are in a lot of pain there is other medications to help avoid the complications of RA. No need for Prednisone long-term or narcotics. Ask your Doctor to refer you to rheumotogist or ask your rheumotologist. My copay was only $5 when I started. Now the drug program plus my insurance pays for it all. Merry Christmas and Happy New year 2022! 🎄🎉Better health and pain and joint management to all. I don't take anything for pain, less stiffness with infusions, biologics. There are so many now. .😊👍

posted 5 months ago
A myRAteam Member said:

Any is too much over time by

posted 5 months ago
A myRAteam Member said:

My prescription for Hydrocodone is for 4 a day as needed for pain. I never take take more than 3 and never after 430 or I have trouble sleeping . Since starting SARSAPRILLA ROOT I'm taking 1-2 a day.

posted 5 months ago
A myRAteam Member said:

For pain I take hydrocodone, 10-325. Prednisone caused me to gain weight.

posted 6 months ago
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