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Prednisone There is not a more widely used as well as widely misunderstood drug used in veterinary medicine than the use of oral prednisone. Since many of the chronic diseases treated in small animal veterinary medicine are often due to an overactive immune system response, whether talking about skin/ear allergies, chronic digestive tract inflammation, chronic respiratory or coughing issues, and even inflammation of the brain and spine, this drug is often prescribed by many veterinarians for these various conditions. It is important for animal guardians to understand that when using a drug like prednisone, we are often treating symptomatically, where we dont know or understand the cause of the chronic problems of these various organ systems in most cases. . In other words we are often quickly bandaiding the symptoms but not often addressing the underlying causes of the problems that often elude even the most intense diagnostic search. . . Except for what are called autoimmune diseases, where the body literally attacks its own tissues, such as the red blood cells or platelets, leading to life threatening blood disorders, or the joints in diseases like lupus or rheumatoid arthritis, the use of prednisone can often be curative in those conditions as the immune system is so overactive that the life of the animal can be at risk. However it is important for veterinarians to always look for underlying causes of any of these various disorders, so that cure is more likely, and to avoid the occasional side effects seen when this drug is used long term. When prednisone is overused topically and/or orally, side effects can include excessive thirst/urination/appetite, and panting, as well as a thinning of the skin, and weakening of the bones and ligaments of the body, in addition to predisposing to secondary infections particularly of the urinary tract, as well as in occasional cases of diabetes. If used in high doses or for long periods, digestive tract ulceration and bleeding can also occur. However if prednisone is used in appropriate fashions for the above chronic conditions, where the oral dose is tapered to the lowest effective dose to control clinical signs, hopefully every other or every third day in those chronic incurable conditions, than many dogs can remain on this drug long term. The most important point to understand, however, is that when on this drug long term, periodic blood and urine testing should be monitored to detect any early side effects. And while I try and use other milder drugs and various supplements or antihistamines listed on the 1800petmeds website , in some very severe skin allergies with incessant itching, sometimes low dose prednisone is the only drug that can truly get the itch under control for symptomatic relief for the animals at a reasonable cost, without resorting to very expensive drugs like atopica or trips to veterinary dermatologists which can cost hundreds to even thousands of dollars long term. I certainly prefer low dose infrequent dosing of prednisone to control chronic clinical signs over the long acting cortisone injections that many vets use, which indeed have more significant side effects and risks outlined above. While taking everything above into account, and with adequate monitoring, I give prednisone an overall rating of a 5 with an ease of use of a 5 as well. 08/10/2009
Prednisone My 13 year old baby was diagnose with Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia on 4/13/2013 I opted to use prednisone as her treatment, she gets 1 pill every other day along with vitamin supplements. Thanks to this pill my baby cancer has been in remission for the pass 11 months and I'm very happy. I want to thank 1800petmeds for coming to the rescue and filling my prescription when my vet had none in stock 03/07/2014
PREDNISONE, OH WHAT A RELIEF IT IS... This Prednisone product was introduced to us by Pepper's vet. After 3 years of itching, scratching, scabs, losing his hair in clumps, different shampoos, the vet suggested prednisone. At first I was hesitant to agree to this medication for Pepper because of it's tendency to enable the acceleration of weight gain. My vet started us out with 5mg for 15 pills. Having dispensed the medication as directed, we'd seen a marked improvement to his scratching. When I'd run out of the 15 Prednisone tabs, I called the vet for a refill. To my surprise she wanted to try a new pill that just had come onto the market. I had to put my foot down and said, 'no'. Pepper had already been thru enough, being a 'pound puppy', he needed some relief. If the medication that he's on now helps him, why change to something else? IF IT AIN'T BROKE...DON'T FIX IT!!! And the icing on the cake was that 1-800-PETMEDS price was 1.5 times CHEAPER for the same number of pills than was being offered by my vet. YOU GUY'S ROCK... 02/24/2014
This Product is still working great Chase is still doing great after being diagnosed with autoimmune disease and now only on the Prednisone, taking 1/2 tablet daily. 02/09/2014
Isn't working like I hoped Our cat, Tiger has been on prednisone for a long time and it really doesn't affect him much. I will probably have to take him to our vet for skin tests. 09/23/2013
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Our dog has allergies and scratches and chews herself till she losses hair.
Answer:¬†we have some over the counter products which may help control the itching and provide
relief for your pet. We carry diphenhydramine which is a good antihistamine for pets with allergies. Also we have shampoos such as BE SOOTHED and sprays such as Excel hydrocortisone spray. In addition, omega oil capsules and supplements will decrease dryness and flaking. We carry a few varieties.Please call us with any more questions. We are happy to help !
Answer:¬†The dose varies so much , it is really up to the veterinarian to determine that. The vet may wish to
start out with a high dose and then taper down over the course of days or weeks until a maintanence
dose is determined based on symptom control.
My IBD cat is on prednisilone, basically. for life. Some time ago, the 5 mg capsule shaped tablets became unavailable and I have had to have it compounded. The cats maintenance does is 2.5 mg, 2 days on, one day off. would it be possible to use the 10 mg tablets and cut into quarters?
Answer:¬†It would not be recommended since it would be extremely difficult to get exactly 2.5 mg when cutting
or breaking the tablet ( which is a chewable ). please call us, we can also help you determine
if the liquid prednisolone may be easier to use as well as cost effective.
Answer:¬†The medication does have an expiration date. To find out when the expiration date is for your prescription, contact the prescriber or customer service for 1-800-PetMeds to look up your records and provide the most accurate information regarding your prescription.
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