(Closed) Given a 2 wk prescription of prednisone as a “bridal package”-should I take it?

posted 6 years ago in Beauty
  • poll: Given a 2 wk prescription of prednisone as a "bridal package"-should I take it?
    Yes, trust your doctor. It's only a low dosage for a short period of time. : (11 votes)
    12 %
    No, It's not worth the risk. : (71 votes)
    76 %
    I'm not sure. Call and tell your doctor about your concern. : (12 votes)
    13 %
  • Post # 3
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    I have severe asthma, and I’m prescribed prednisone in extreme emergencies. Maybe that’s just how I associate with the drug, but I can’t imagine taking it voluntarily for a non-medically necessary reason. It seems odd to me that the derm prescribed it. There’s also awful withdrawal symptoms from it when you start dwindling off of it (do NOT stop it cold turkey!)

    I’d like to hear some other bee’s opinions as well.

    Post # 4
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: December 2010

    I gained 20 lbs when I had to take prednisone for bronchitis two summers ago. I wouldn’t do it, as weight gain is a pretty common side effect.

    Post # 5
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    I’ve never taken it for my complexion so to speak, only for severe reactions to poison ivy. That being said I personally would not as it turns me into a hateful/mean/biotch of a person who wants to eat everything in sight. Definately talk to your doctor about your concerns and see if your pros out weigh the cons.

    Post # 6
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: March 2012

    I had shingles and was prescribed prednisone and I definitely gained weight.  I am not sure of the dosage but it was only for a week or two.   Just my 2 cents.

    Post # 7
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I’ve never heard of it being taken for skin improvement; the only benefit I can see is that it can give you a “speed-like” rush effect and make those last minute projects a cinch! (just kidding)  I personally wouldn’t take it; if you need anti-inflammatory effects, pop some ibuprofen for the days leading up to the wedding (or midol, more like it since that will have anti-bloating properties too).  The only time I’ve taken prednisone is when I had a pinched nerve in my toe… it’s used to treat some pretty major problems.  I vote no.

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0000091/

    Post # 8
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    Bumble Beekeeper

    You do realize that facial swelling is a major side effect of prednisone, right? AND, it can cause acne, in some cases. Not worth it.

    I wouldn’t take any drug except for the prescribed medical use.

    Post # 9
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    Please don’t! It’s not worth the risk. And as others have said, weight gain is a common side effect. It weakens your immune system, too.

    Post # 10
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2009

    The only thing I know about prednisone is from my experience learning about kidney transplants. I know they give it to transplant patients so that their bodies don’t reject the new organ and I’m sure it’s way higher dosing than what your doctor gave you…but it’s a steroid and it causes moonface. If your skin already looks good from what you’ve been doing, I wouldn’t risk the prednisone. I know nothing about it used for acne, but still, it seems weird.

    Post # 11
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    @zippylef: Forgot about that. So true. I looked like a chipmunk when I was on it.

    Post # 12
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    Yup, my husband takes it, too, for his severe asthma. Although, he has been on it for most of his life and he does see some of the bad side effects when he is on it. He also has been on high doses of it.

    I did have to take it about a month ago because I had an allergic reaction to something and had hives for a few days. I was on it about a week. It was an extremely low dose though.

    I’m not a doctor so I can’t tell you what you should or should not do.

    The rx that your doctor did give you seems to be for cosmetic reasons.  Also, it was a doctor that gave this to you.  If it was some guy or women off the street that recommended it, I would say no.

    Although, personally, I don’t take any drugs unless there is a medical reason to take it.

     

    Post # 13
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    Have you ask your Dr if you could get a topical corticosteroid cream instead?

     

    Post # 14
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    I take it for my RA, when I’m in so much pain I’m in tears.  I refuse it all other times.  I always gain weight on it (at least 10 lbs, every time I touch it), I get massively cranky and aggressivly angry, and OMG I want to eat the whole world.  And my doseage and timeframe is pretty close to or lower than they gave you.  I feel like my body has been inhabited by someone else.  Please skip it.  You won’t likely get the super scary side effects at a low done for short periods of time, but it’s not worth it. 

    Post # 15
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: January 2011

    I wouldn’t want to start a new medication close to my wedding for a medical reason, let alone a cosmetic one.  I’ve been on prednisone before, and the side effects weren’t worth it for a medical reason.  Your dosage would probably be much lower, but I wouldn’t risk it.

    Post # 16
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: March 2012

    @Ivorybuttons: Oh yeah.  Once or twice my dermatologist gave me a shot and made some HUGE pimples go away almost instantly.  I wonder if you can ask your doc about that instead in case you have any large one show up the week of the wedding.

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