Can A Person With HIV Take Prednisone

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Will prednisone shrink lymph nodes in HIV-infected persons?

Would you know if prednisone would shrink swollen neck glands on a HIV infected person, I know that antibiotics only fight bacterial infections not viral infections but what about prednisone?
Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Response from Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Harvard Medical School
...part, it is ill-advised to take prednisone for the purpose of shrinking lymph nodes. Please note that swollen lymph nodes in HIV-infected folks are often a good sign. They indicate that the body is trying to fight off an infection. Why would... Read more »

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