Monday, March 07, 2011 Sharon, Community Member, asks

Q: What Alternative Medicine Can Replace Prednisone

I have been on 20mg prednisone for over 20 years. Sometimes when I become sick, I am taking up to 80mgs per day. I am tired of the side effects and want to get back my size 12. I am now a size 20. I have chronic brittle asthma.

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Cort, Health Guide
3/ 8/11 11:11pm

Many people are stuck on prednisone for long periods of  time. It would be wonderful if the pharmaceutical industry could come up with something that worked better with fewer side effects. 


Here is an article that proposes some herbs may be able to reduce prednisone use. I think it's unlikely that anything could replace it, but perhaps they could enable you to reduce it a bit.


Some drugs are also sometimes used to reduce dependence on prednisone: they include methotrexate, Arava, and the anti-TNF drugs (Enbrel, Humira, Remicade). These are really strong drugs as well, but sometimes they can have good effects when taken in small amounts. 


Some more alternatives are here


I am not a doctor and can't diagnose you here or tell you how these options would affect you. Always take any medications under the supervision of your doctor. 



What Is It Like to Take Oral Prednisone?

Prednisone Oral Precautions and Side Effects


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By Sharon, Community Member— Last Modified: 08/08/14, First Published: 03/07/11