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Low dose prednisone
Apr 3, 2005

Hi, Dr. Young: Thank you for this forum.

My Q is, what would be generally regarded as the range for a low dose course of prednisone for 6 months? Where is the dosage/mgs per day line between a low and medium dose of prednisone if taken for 6 months? And, is there are dosage of prednisone that would concern you if taken by an HIV positive person due to crossing the line and starting to significantly reduce WBC's and T cells?

Many thanks.

Response from Dr. Young

Thank you for your post.

I'm not a fan (at least yet) of using low dose prednisone for the treatment of HIV. While the drug is used for a wide variety of conditions and there has been a report of increased CD4 cells, I'm not sure (nor is the general community) that the benefits outweighs the many known risks of indescriminate use of corticosteroid drugs.

Stay tuned, BY

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