|Purred: Sun Mar 30, '08 10:24am PST |
|D-Max, while I have to agree with you on some of your points, I also must disagree with you on, several as well. Prednisone should never be used in lieu of other medicines and without thorough testing to determine the exact cause of the problem. However, there are certain conditions that require the use of prednisone and you may be endangering the lives and/or quality of lives of these animals by telling them to stop. If they are to stop, checking with a vet is important as is weaning off of the drug. NEVER just stop giving this drug. Extreme care must be taken when stopping prednisone therapy. If an animal has been on prednisone for an extended period of time, slow weaning off the drug is critical to avoid serious complications.
In some situations, inflammation is dangerous and leads to severe damage in tissues and organs. Also, the immune system, often for no apparent reason, can attack the body and cause great damage or even death.
Some examples: treatment of bronchial and lung diseases, skin diseases, intestinal diseases, spinal cord and brain diseases and diseases of the blood.
It is often a supplemental treatment for various cancers.
It is required as a supplement in the adrenal gland disorder, Addison's disease (hypoadrenocorticism).
It is used as a treatment in bacterial (endotoxic) shock.
Prednisone is used to treat a variety of immune system and autoimmune disorders .
Please don't be overly scared of Prednisone. It is widely used and vets are trained to use the lowest possible dose to achieve the affect needed.
I would however, consult a new vet if all your vet ever wants to go is give you a steroid shot without determining the exact cause of the problem. In skin situations, it's best to consult a dermatologist.
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