|Hiv+ with T-cells of 498 & VL of 160, is it safe to take Prednisone 20mg short tern for Inflammation of Bronchial airways for 5 days twice a day?
Jan 16, 2013
Hi Doctor: I am 53 & positive for over ten years my recent counts are T cells 498 & VL 160 & have just had the flu which has inflamed my airways. They have prescribed PredniSONE 20 mg twice a day for 5 days. Before when I took it several years ago it lowered my T-caells & seemed to take forever to rebiuld. Is this safe short term or, is there an alternative treatment to the inflmation?
| Response from Dr. Henry
Systemic corticosteroids can decrease inflammation and can decrease lymphocyte counts (including T-helper cell counts) with variable rate of recovery (levels do usually return to pre-steroid levels). Often inhaled steroid medications can be helpful to treat bronchospasm with less body wide effects. KH
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