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So, I'm taking Prednisone (for poison ivy). Does this mean(12 posts)

So, I'm taking Prednisone (for poison ivy). Does this meanbill
Sep 17, 2002 10:09 AM
that maybe now, finally, I'll be able to kick some a**?
Or, will it just make me feel bad (which it sort of is)?
Seriously, I know nothing about steroids. Anybody know the side effects of this stuff? The inserts are pretty dire, but they always are (a doc told me that FDA regulations require that the manu list any reported side effects, no matter how questionably related).
Some side effects.fracisco
Sep 17, 2002 10:30 AM
If you are taking Prednisone orally, you might see some water retention/swelling. I have seen that happen with people as well as with dogs.

If topically, then you probably won't see any difference.
re: So, I'm taking Prednisone (for poison ivy). Does this meanBroomwagon
Sep 17, 2002 10:58 AM
I just finished a two week prescription of Prednisone. I didn't really notice a change other than a reduction in the pain and inflammation that I have been experiencing from a herniated disc. My doctor said that one would have to be on the stuff for an extended period, at least a month, before you notice changes. A co-worker of mine told me that he was on it for several months to treat a back injury some years back and to use his words,"blew up like a chipmunk"! I don't know if you've seen pictures of Jerry Lewis lately but I saw an interview with him on Larry King about two weeks ago. Lewis has been taking Prednisone for some medical condition, I forget what it is, for about two years now and he said that he's about 50 lbs heavier.

Hopefully, you are only taking it for a short time. Good luck.
Try Tecnuno excuses
Sep 17, 2002 11:22 AM
Great topical product designed for immediate rinsing of affected areas, (to wash away the oils) but I continued to use it during the itch cycle and got relief. Available at drug stores/over the counter.
Not your typical caladryl anti-itch cream. See if it helps now, and then you'll have it for the next time.
Second Tecnu -- poison ivy experiencems
Sep 17, 2002 11:39 AM
It was not until I moved to the suburbs nine years ago that I discovered the hard way that I am VERY alergic to poison ivy, poison oak, etc. I had huge blisters on my legs, arms, neck and face (I was clearing vines that had grown up trees in the yard). After a week of suffering, I went on prednisone and the symptoms cleared up within another week. Since then, I have used tecnu when doing yard work. The only times that I have had any poison ivy symptoms have been when I did not wash soon enough with tecnu -- but it does help during the itch cycle if you do not catch the first infection of poison ivy fast enough.

Also, remember to wash initially with cold water after you have been in contact with poison ivy -- hot water opens up your pores and helps the poison ivy to penetrate your skin.
re: PrednisoneZyzbot
Sep 17, 2002 12:47 PM
Several years ago I had to take it. In addition to the "mooning" effect on your face and body...you might end up with some cramping. I had terrible cramps in my fingers on several occasions.
Don't worryjtlmd
Sep 17, 2002 1:59 PM
I'm assuming you're taking a 2 week course of prednisone for the poison ivy. Anything less is useless. In general most people don't notice any side effects. It won't make you a better rider at all. Don't confuse prednisone, an anti-inflammatory corticosteroid, with performance enhancing anabolic steroids. There is a big difference. You shouldn't experience weight gain or a moon shaped face unless you chronically take prednisone over several months. All I would expect would occasionally be a little stomach upset. Your blood pressure and blood sugar will also probably be elevated slightly while taking the prednisone but will return to normal when you are done. You'll never notice these things.

Because of its anti-inflammatory effects you will probably feel pretty good overall. It will relieve most aches and pains, sort of like a super strength ibuprofen.
Use Zanfel for poison ivyfirstrax
Sep 17, 2002 3:42 PM
Its expensive but it stops the itch instantly and if you use it 2-3 times a day its all but gone in about 3 days.
the very good & very bad of prednisoneslow-ron
Sep 17, 2002 4:18 PM
I've had severe allergies to just about anyting outside since childhood. I've taken it a handfull of times and it works better than anything else for me. The results are trully amazing. Now the bad. I once gained over 40 lbs. while on this stuff. Ever time I've taken it I've had severe weight gain but that was the worst one. I also seem to remember sleeping about 12 hours a day.

good luck, as Bill Clinton once said, "I feel your pain".
the very good & very bad of prednisonespankdoggie
Sep 18, 2002 12:19 AM
I am severely allergic to poison ivy.

Prednisone is a corticosteriod which is very different from a steroid.

I recommend hitting the emergency room for a shot of... I forgot, but then take the corticosteroid after you get the shot; take the shot because it works.... Make sure to cycle down on the pills... i.e. 4 pills for 2 days, 3 pills for 2 days, 2 pills for 2 days, etc.

The poison gets murdered,

Ask a doc,

spankdoggie
I'm not entirely sure what's what, but I know that I couldn'tbill
Sep 18, 2002 5:42 AM
sleep well last night, and one of the side effects warned about is difficulty sleeping.
You slept twelve hours a day, huh? I seem to be having the opposite reaction.
It does seem to be helping the poison ivy reaction a little, though.
bad info.slow-ron
Sep 18, 2002 4:45 PM
Benadril puts me to sleep forever not prednisone, sorry for the bad info. Actually I remeber feeling twitchy like I drank too much coffee but I think I slept O.K. the last time I took it. Been a few years since my last full body tatoo of poison ivy.