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Anyone On Low Dose Prednisone?

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If so what is the dosage and do you have any side effects from it?

posted January 31, 2022
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A MyCOPDTeam Member

I have Stage 4 very severe COPD. I have been taking 20 mg pred for over a year now. I have gained about 25 pounds in the last decade, from size 6 to size 10 or 12. Doesn't sound like a lot but it is. Cleaned my closet for sure. I have no trouble sleeping but my caregiver has said that is due to the severity of my condition. Also, I have a shoebox of medications and supplements. I haven't had any severe exacerbations and for that I am very grateful.

posted January 17
A MyCOPDTeam Member

I take daily, have no problems with sleeping, but If I take a higher dose for some reason, I can't sleep, I hate taking that. but on 5 mg I have no problem gaining weight, but I am not a big eater. And Now that my Husband passed from covid nov 2020, I don't usually cook a lot. I don't have a lot of energy and I take naps daily, Oh I am 83 in may. I do have a couple of hobbys that keep me going and a pup I need to take care of

posted February 14, 2022
A MyCOPDTeam Member

Gives me very thin skin to wear I cut and bruise very easy. But other then that it doesn’t bother me.

posted February 1, 2022
A MyCOPDTeam Member

Anything less than 10mgs is usually considered a "low dose" of steroids taken daily or occasionally, every other day. Most people I know on low dose are taking 5 mgs or even 2mgs daily or every other day and have minimal side effects. Even then, most of us try to avoid them if at all possible.

posted January 31, 2022
A MyCOPDTeam Member

I use Pred. when I have a flair up. I start out with 10 mg.4 tabs a day,for 3 days, then3 tabs for 3 days ,2 tabs for 3 days then 1 tab for 3 days thats what my M.D has me on. No side problems.

posted March 1

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