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

Q: What Alternative Medicine Can Replace Prednisone

I have been on 20 mg prednisone for over 20 years sometime 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.

 

http://www.ehow.com/way_5220396_herbal-alternatives-prednisone.html

 

Some drugs are also sometimes used to reduce dependence on prednisone: they include methotrexate, Arava, 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 http://www.livestrong.com/article/156964-herbal-alternatives-to-prednisone/

 

Always take any medications under the supervision of your doctor. 

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By Sharon, Community Member— Last Modified: 03/09/14, First Published: 03/07/11