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Monday, October 25, 2010 Pat Weiss, Community Member, asks

Q: Does Prednisone Cause Kidney Damage

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.

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Cort, Health Guide
10/25/10 10:03pm

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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By Pat Weiss, Community Member— Last Modified: 08/10/14, First Published: 10/25/10