In patients with latent tuberculosis or tuberculin reactivity, the use of pharmacologic dosages of corticosteroids may cause a reactivation of the disease. Close monitoring for signs and symptoms of tuberculosis is recommended if corticosteroid therapy is administered to patients with a history of tuberculosis or tuberculin reactivity. During prolonged corticosteroid therapy, tuberculosis chemoprophylaxis may be considered. Corticosteroids can cause hypernatremia, hypokalemia, and fluid retention. These mineralocorticoid effects are most significant with fludrocortisone, followed by hydrocortisone and cortisone, then by prednisone and prednisolone. The remaining corticosteroids, betamethasone, dexamethasone, methylprednisolone, and triamcinolone, have little mineralocorticoid activities. However, large doses of any corticosteroid can demonstrate these effects, particularly if given for longer than brief periods. Although my focus is to attempt to use natural treatment methods whenever possible, I realize there is a time and place for prescription drugs, as well as surgery, and other medical procedures. The problem is that most medical doctors become too reliant on conventional medical treatments, and many times these doctors don’t do anything to determine the actual cause of a problem. Sure, sometimes the medication they prescribe has minimal side effects, even if taken long term. On the other hand, other drugs they recommend to their patients can have severe implications if taken long term. Corticosteroids, such as Prednisone, fall under the latter category. In fact, even when taken for a short period of time these drugs put a major strain on our bodies. And when taken over a period of many months or years, the consequences can be detrimental.
Drug interactions are reported among people who take Armour thyroid and Prednisone together. This study is created by e Health Me based on reports of 316 people who take Armour thyroid and Prednisone from FDA, and is updated regularly. Armour thyroid has active ingredients of thyroid tablets, usp. (latest outcomes from Armour thyroid 6,357 users) Prednisone has active ingredients of prednisone. (latest outcomes from Prednisone 309,503 users) Female: NOTE: The study is based on active ingredients and brand name. Other drugs that have the same active ingredients (e.g. WARNING: Please DO NOT STOP MEDICATIONS without first consulting a physician since doing so could be hazardous to your health. DISCLAIMER: All material available on e Health is for informational purposes only, and is not a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment provided by a qualified healthcare provider. All information is observation-only, and has not been supported by scientific studies or clinical trials unless otherwise stated. Different individuals may respond to medication in different ways. Silly question for you lab and drug interaction experts out there. it hangs in the system for almost forever - sometimes 3 to 6 months... I know that long-term use of prednisone can block thyroid absorption but would a 6-day course of prednisone (METHYLPREDNISOLONE 4MG DOSPAK 21) block absorption enough to bump a TSH from 0.11 to 22.06 even while taking the required thyroid supplements???? labs on 10/21/09 Free T3 1.8 Free T4 0.53 TSH 22.06 Thyroglobulin .7 labs on 7/22/09 Free T3 3.9 Free T4 .88 TSH .11 Thyroglobulin .1 My endo (who is also a Ph D in biochemistry) said that the prednisone would have skewed the labs slightly but would have skewed them down (meaning that my TSH is actually higher). The last time I *had* to get my TSH this high (for RAI) it took me 4 weeks and the low iodine diet to get my TSH this high (and I still had remaining thyroid tissue). He said my problem is an absorption problem probably caused by all of my GI surgeries and GI bleeds. BTW - my Free T3 1.8 (down from 3.9 three months ago) and my Free T4 .53 (down from .88). Prednisone does affect your levels, Including short dosages.. I was also switched from Armour to a compounded natural thyroid a month ago because of the worldwide Armour shortage and we aren't sure the compound is working so I'm back on Synthroid with Cytomel. Waiting for the Tg (will take a few days) Is there ANY possible way the prednisone made such a huge jump in the TSH??? My doctor refused to do my thyroid labs while i was on a 7 day DOSPAK, he said it would throw the numbers off. steriods of any kind are nightmares for thyroid meds..... We'll see if it helps with the hives, and immune problems I've been experiencing lately. I don't remember how long either i had to wait, I think it was at least 2 - 3 weeks after discontinuing the Prednisone. I actually had no idea I am hypo - I've been heat-intolerant, losing weight, shaky, and having chest pains - I just figured the exhaustion was from all of the post-surgery trauma and blood loss.
Studies show that Prednisone can potentially affect the TSH levels, but I don’t know of any evidence showing that other immunosuppressive drugs can directly affect the thyroid hormone levels. However, they can decrease the thyroid antibodies, which in turn can affect the thyroid panel. Prednisone learn about side. kidneys blood, thyroid, stomach, and intestines. Prednisone is also sometimes used to treat the symptoms of certain types.