Posts Tagged ‘Prednisone and Rheumatoid Arthritis’

  • Prednisone Versus Prednisolone: the Same for Everyone?

    Whether medicine is personalized or not, patients are It’s fascinating how drugs are metabolized differently in different people, with different side effects and varying levels of benefit. But, prednisone is one thing we hear works the same on everyone. Is that right? Prednisone works well enough on most Rheumatoid patients that it’s used by some […]

  • When You Can’t Get Off Prednisone

    We often hear people talk about how hard it is for them to stop taking prednisone. As a matter of fact, many comments come from people with a new prescription saying how quickly they hope to get off. Others say they’ve taken it for years and they’d like to stop if only they could. Prednisone […]

  • Prednisone Uses for Rheumatoid Arthritis

    This is the fourth post in a series about modern approaches to prednisone uses for Rheumatoid Arthritis. Please read the first post, Prednisone Dosage for Rheumatoid Arthritis, here at this link. Does prednisone have a disease modifying effect? Is it a double-edged sword? What’s the greatest risk of prednisone use that you may not have […]

  • Prednisone Side Effects

    This is the third post in a series about approaches to the use of prednisone for Rheumatoid Arthritis. Please read the first post, Prednisone Dosage for Rheumatoid Arthritis, here at this link. Do prednisone side effects occur even at lower dosages? How quickly do they occur? Do doctors and patients find it so effective that […]

  • Low-dose Prednisone in Early Rheumatoid Arthritis

    A new way to dose the same old drug? This is the second post in a series about modern approaches to the use of prednisone for Rheumatoid Arthritis. Please find the first post, Prednisone Dosage for Rheumatoid Arthritis, here at this link. Does prednisone merely mask symptoms or can it slow Rheumatoid Arthritis disease progression? […]

  • Prednisone Dosage for Rheumatoid Arthritis

    The prednisone debate is actually more than one debate. How much? For how long? Does it only mask symptoms? Or does it slow the disease? At what risk? The risk / benefit analysis of prednisone is particularly difficult because both the risks and the benefits have been studied with such a wide range of doses. […]

  • The History of Cortisone and Rheumatoid Arthritis

    Memory lane with Mayo and cortisone history History comes to life with Popular Science magazine’s historical issues. They are conveniently scanned into an archive viewer online. The screen shot here shows part of a graphic from a June 1951 issue. The article describes theories of why cortisone was so successful in treating Rheumatoid Arthritis. Looks […]

  • Prednisone and Rheumatoid Arthritis

    Prednisone is the most common symptom treating medicine for Rheumatoid Arthritis. Medicines which fight the Rheumatoid Arthritis disease activity are called disease modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs).  Rheumatoid arthritis usually requires both disease treatment and symptom treatment. Lately, I’ve given a lot of thought to the prednisone Rheumatoid Arthritis issue. Like so many other RA issues, […]

  • Treatments for Rheumatoid Arthritis Historically

    Aspirin to treat Rheumatoid Arthritis Rheumatoid Arthritis had no truly effective treatment for thousands of years. Natural aspirin-like substances used in large doses brought some pain relief to some patients, but at enormous cost in terms of side effects. In 1900, the Bayer company began to produce aspirin like we know of today. Still, very […]