• Pat Weiss Pat Weiss
    October 26, 2010
    Can prednisone cause kidney damage?
    Pat Weiss Pat Weiss
    October 26, 2010

    I am taking methylprednisone, 4 mg pack (generic for Medrol) for a pinched nerve because I can't take anything with aspirin in it. This is a six-day low-dose regimen. Will this affect my kidneys?  Thank you.



  • Cort
    Health Guide
    October 26, 2010
    Health Guide
    October 26, 2010

    Prednisone does not typically effect the kidneys and its serious negative effects (except for glaucoma) are associated with long term use of the drug - not the short course you are taking. Short term side effects can include elevated blood pressure, weight gains, mood swings and glaucoma. Be sure to check the instructions that came with the drug.  Always check with your doctor if you have any problems.

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