How Long Does It Take For Oral Prednisone To Reduce Ms Symptoms?

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How Long Does It Take For Oral Prednisone To Reduce Ms Symptoms?

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Oral prednisone is used in two ways to treat MS relapses. It can be used in very high doses, in a similar way that intravenous steroids are used, to reduce the duration and severity of a relapse. Oral prednisone can also be used after a round of intraveous steroids (Solumedrol) to taper down from the extraordinarily high doses of IV steroids.

Just like with intravenous steroids, oral steroids may take a few days to show effectiveness. But it really depends upon what you are taking the steroids for and how long you've had symptoms.

My first attack was optic neuritis and the inflammation caused my right eye to go completely gray. The neuroopthalmologist and I opted for oral Prednisone instead of Solumedrol. Even though I took very high-doses (1000mg) each day for a short time period, it still took almost two months before my vision was back to normal.

I think that steroids may work more quickly with minor symptoms, and with more severe symptoms, Solumedrol is more commonly used. The decision to use oral steroids rather than IV steroids is one to be made with your doctor.

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