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dpankonin
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Posted - Oct 26 2017 :  3:42:14 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Can prednisone be purchased reliably online?

Dave-OH
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Posted - Oct 26 2017 :  4:03:30 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
It is very inexpensive, and a local supply with or without insurance should be inexpensive. 100 10MG is $23.22 at Costco.

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dpankonin
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Posted - Oct 26 2017 :  4:03:47 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I dont always have the money to go see the dr. when I have flare ups, and I cant just not do something because I dont have the money. Turns out COPD is a baller disease. Meaning very expensive.

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dpankonin
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Posted - Oct 26 2017 :  6:30:09 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
its not the prednisone that is expensive. its the 200 dollar dr, visit.

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deb-fla
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Posted - Oct 26 2017 :  8:01:39 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
dpankonin, i think Dave answered your prednisone how about other drugs? I did a survey for a new med, they took care of all mt meds including inhaled , rescue inhalers, so many different ways to go.I was working for a company with good health insurance. they diagnosed me with Asthma, gave me singulair and a rescue inhaler. Within 5 years the Asthma chenged and is now end stage or stage 4 copd. start now looking for a way to keep yrself insured

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Dom
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Posted - Nov 23 2017 :  08:21:18 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I was given a course of prednisone a year or so ago for my bursitis. It cleared up the bursitis permanently (almost, sometimes I still have light pain there but nothing debilitating). It also cleared up my sinuses (sinusitis) and lungs. I felt 20 years younger for a few months after taking the course. I am on Advair now and it does very little for me compared to the prednisone. I do think the Advair helps against contracting infections.
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tsainta
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Posted - Nov 23 2017 :  12:08:32 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I bet depankonin is feeling a little frustrated. No one answered his question. He wonders if buying prednisone from overseas is o.k. because he can't pay the $200 for the doctor's visit here to get a prescription.

I have never purchased prednisone from overseas, but I and many others have had excellent experience with All Day Chemist (ADC) on many other meds.

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Dave-OH
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Posted - Nov 23 2017 :  12:30:32 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Go to one of the places like CVS or Walgreens that have NP clinics. They will be less than $200. But expect them to push back on prescribing prednisone.

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Dom
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Posted - Nov 23 2017 :  1:20:32 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I don't think ADC offers Prednisone.
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tsainta
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Posted - Nov 23 2017 :  2:44:18 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Dom, you're right. They don't.

Tony-CA

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MDC
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Posted - Nov 25 2017 :  09:20:26 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Is it ok to put a reliable source url on here for prednisone? Prices are not much cheaper but no script. If so let me know

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Lora-WV
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Posted - Nov 25 2017 :  09:49:17 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Do you have any friends or family that live near the Mexican border? They can go to Mexico and get your meds with no prescription.
Both my sisters live in Yuma and could get my meds cheaper than I could get them with my insurance and ironicly they were made
in the USA!
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tsainta
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Posted - Nov 25 2017 :  10:57:09 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Mike, Dave allows links from non-advertisers.

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dhvcabs
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Posted - Nov 25 2017 :  12:33:36 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Inhouse Pharmacy has prednisone no script needed. Downside is order size is 100 pills.

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MDC
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Posted - Nov 25 2017 :  1:50:54 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
https://www.inhousepharmacy.vu/ in house pharmacy, used for years for steroids, always good service. I get APO 500 count 5 mg lasts a looong time.

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Sandy9s
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Posted - Nov 25 2017 :  3:03:02 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Prednisone is a very inexpensive drug. BUT it is important to read up on all of the side effects from long-term use. 2017 has put me onto 4 prednisone regimens of about 14-21 days each....regimens starting with 40 mg./day and working downwards. I even worry about this! And I'm hoping that 2018 will have a lot less flare-ups.

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Greg-TX
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Posted - Dec 23 2017 :  8:58:10 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Is anyone on predisone on a regular basis?

In early 2000, I was diagnosed with asthma not COPD and pulmo put me on daily preds; I was on them for six months. His treatment was to bombard me with everything in the book, as he said, at first, to get me better and then ween me off gradually. I was on nebulized Albuterol, a couple of inhalers and a couple pills each day. I put on 50lbs and got meaner than a snake; I was getting 2 to 3 hrs sleep per night. But, it cleared up my breathing.

After I got off the preds and the other stuff, all I carried around was a rescue inhaler until around 2010 when I started having problems again and I was diagnosed with COPD. Now the only time I'm prescribed preds is when I have an exacerbation(?) and that's usually for 10 days or so.

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tsainta
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USA
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Posted - Dec 24 2017 :  1:37:25 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I have been on oral prednisone for six years. My recommendation is don't unless you have to and then as little as possible. I have osteoporosis and hairline spinal fractures, probably from long term prednisone use. Plus there's the potential problem of increased appetite, etc.

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Jan-KS
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Posted - Jan 02 2018 :  12:51:41 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
To answer the question the patient can also ask his/her pulmonologist about writing a prescription so you can fill it and keep it on hand for flare ups. I mean really. nearly all of us know when we're having an exacerbation - so we go to the doctor and they may take a chest X-ray to rule out pneumonia, they may give you an antibiotic but they nearly always prescribe a prednisone taper - meaning you start at 40 or 60 mg per day and taper down until you reach zero. It's not rocket science - but some of them are greedy for that $200 office visit or feel strongly about trusting a patient to know how and when to properly dose themselves safely (we all know people that couldn't do that - but most of us can).

My former pulmonologist certainly trusted me to know my own symptoms and made sure I always had plenty of prednisone on hand. He also prescribed the antibiotic azithromycin 3 times per week (Monday, Wed, and Friday) - which is a new protocol (supposedly Azithromycin is one of the antibiotics least likely to result in antibiotic-resistant bacteria so they are more comfortable having a patient on it all the time) Before that I used Daliresp daily - which besides not working, made me terribly dizzy and nauseated. In fact I had FAR more hospitalizations the year I was on Daliresp than any other. Since I've been on the azithromycin regimen I have had only 1 or 2 hospitalizations per year.

I was also on a daily 10 mg prednisone dosage for over 10 yrs so there is a danger that a patient will start needing prednisone daily to keep from having exacerbations or just more mucus and chest congestion in general. The long term use of prednisone has some VERY bad consequences and I've had quite a few - the "moon face", the small roll of fat behind my neck, horrible weight gain, cataracts etc, I am now trying to wean off the prednisone by only taking 7.5 mg and getting ready to drop down again to 5 mg. Before when I have started the taper at 5 mg I would have an exacerbation or a huge amount of congestion within a week - so we're now just dropping it a VERY small amount at a time because I've been on it so long. This is why some doctors don't trust their patients with a large supply of prednisone because it really does make you have less aches and pains as well as help control your COPD so some people might be tempted to take it all the time - but it's not actually "addictive". But I would think long and hard before agreeing to go on a daily dose because it is SO HARD to get off of,

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jmrommes
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Posted - Jan 02 2018 :  10:32:38 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Jan, just FYI: azithromycin is an anti-inflammatory as well as being an antibiotic, and it's the anti-inflammatory property that makes it a good three times a week prophylactic; the antibiotic is secondary. You're right that longitudinal studies don't show a decrease in efficacy over time, but it's the anti-inflammatory part that was crucial.

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Greg-TX
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Posted - Jan 02 2018 :  12:15:47 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
My GP gave me a standby script of Prednisone in case I needed it but the dosage is different from my prior scripts. This script says take three 20mg pills in the evening at meals for four days, 12 pills in total. my prior scripts called for a reduction in the pills taken per day until you stopped. Does the three 20mg pills per day for four days sound appropriate?

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sslei
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Posted - Jan 02 2018 :  1:46:06 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The last time I took prednisone I was told to take 40 mg for 3 or 4 days then drop to 20 for a couple of days.
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jmrommes
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Posted - Jan 02 2018 :  8:28:32 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Apparently, for short term use, there isn't as much need to taper off as if you had been taking it for long periods of time. That said, I prefer to try to taper off. It seems like the crash at the end isn't quite as bad that way. Maybe it's just spreading it over more time, but I still would try to taper off. Actually, I prefer not to take the stuff at all, and have managed to avoid the necessity of it for about four years.

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Greg-TX
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Posted - Jan 02 2018 :  8:41:20 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
That makes sense to me. I haven't taken any but I can't get rid of the congestion which I never have. I decided to take 3-3-3-2-1.
Thank all of you for your input.

Greg-TX
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tsainta
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USA
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Posted - Jan 02 2018 :  8:44:48 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
As Jean understands, I have read numerous times that a taper is unnecessary after short-term use, but I always taper. Not doing so has caused me pretty serious air-hunger even after a short course. A steep taper (say, -10mg/day) seems to avoid it.

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Jan-KS
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Posted - Jan 02 2018 :  11:41:25 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I had no idea Azithromycin had anti-inflammatory properties - they just prescribed when I went off of Daliresp. As far as tapering and non-tapering - I've done it both ways - I've also been on doses as high as 120mg (let me warn you - you will become psychotic - very agitated, lots of crying/screaming over just minor things. My mom would have a similar reaction with only a 60 mg taper so I always warned her doctors to use a 40 mg taper for her. The highest dose I've been on with a non-taper was 40 mg for 4 days. It did absolutely nothing to help my bronchitis/inflammation so I ended up doing my own taper back down to my normal dosage. But there is a LOT of evidence that a taper is unnecessary for most people - especially those that have not been on prednisone frequently or recently but a 40 mg taper isn't going to cause you any long term damage either.

Jan C
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Greg-TX
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Posted - Jan 03 2018 :  05:23:04 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Great information on anti antibiotics and prednisone. Thank you!

Unfortunately, where I live, we have very limited medical services available nearby. And even then, it takes six to eight weeks to get an appointment with a pulmo in the big city. If I have a serious immediate need, I have to go to the ER. I do have an excellent local PA that works with me and will listen to what I think I might need from information I receive here.

Thank God for the forum, my pharmacist and ADC. Maybe one day, I'll be informed enough to help others like you guys do.

Greg-TX
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jmrommes
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Posted - Jan 03 2018 :  10:43:57 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Greg, the comment about azithromycin being an anti-inflammatory is ONLY in regard to it. I'm not aware of any other antibiotics that are also anti-inflammatories. So please don't generalize!

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Dave-OH
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Posted - Jan 03 2018 :  4:05:03 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Jean, that is the only antibiotic that is considered to have the anti-inflammatory property.

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lauri-l
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Posted - Jan 15 2018 :  7:43:27 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Mike Do you need a prescription to purchase from this company? thamks
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Dave-OH
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Posted - Jan 15 2018 :  8:12:56 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
No.

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