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I've been having a few cystic breakouts about 4 weeks through and my doctor prescribed me prednisone. I originally took 10mg 3x a day for five days. I was supposed to take erytromyacin (sp?) with it but it gave me terrible gut wrenching pain. He gave me another 28 pills (2 a day for a week, 1 a day for the second week, the one every other day). 6 Days through my skin is amazing. I have about 2 dried up cysts and the rest of my face is completely smooth, just red marks. I've been getting compliments from my boss and family. I'm not sure if its the prednisone entirely but ask your derm about it because IMO it's amazing.

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Please research long time use of prednisone. It is a steroid and I was on it for 6 months because I had a disease called sarcoidosis. I gained 30 lbs in 30 days. But the long term effects will probably show up later because long term use damages the joints and excelerates bone loss . many people have to get shoulder , hip or knee replacements.

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I'm currently taking a low dose of prednisone in addition to accutane (5mg/every other day). It has worked great for me! My derm thought it would calm down the inflammation that was still plaguing my skin in Month 3 of my accutane course. It hasn't completely gotten rid of the inflammation but it has really helped. I saw results within the first few days.

Mom of a... - you're right, long term use and high dosage of steroid can have bad effects on the body. I think, in the case of acne, as long as the derm is careful about the dosage it can be very beneficial.

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I was put on this as well..

Okay...it worked. I had a month's supply. 40mg the first week, 30 the 2nd, 20 the third, and 10 the fourth till i was off.

It does make you want to eat like a bear. So if i wanted to keep in shape, I had to workout a lot. Maybe you like some junk in the trunk....if so, this drug's for you.

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Maybe it's because I'm on such a low dose but my experience has been totally different. I've actually lost weight since starting accutane - about 9lbs. And over half of that has been in the past 3 weeks since I've also been on prednisone.

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Prednisone is a steroid which works to calm inflammation only, it's not going to cure acne. A lot of people are prescribed it along with an antibiotic if their IB on Accutane is particularly severe.

Do be careful with Prednisone. It is a steroid which supresses the adrenal gland so if you stop taking it suddenly after taking it for an extended period of time, it can send your body into shock and may lead to Addisonian crisis, which could be life threatening. You body basically 'forgets' to work the adrenal gland if the steroid is taken for more than 7 days. This is why the dosage is staggered and not just abruptly stopped.

I am currently taking it with Erythromycin and Accutane (20mg) and my dosage has been:

50mg immediately, then

25mg for a week, then

12.5mg for a week, then

7.25 mg for a week

So it's a weaning off process, as opposed to just stopping it abruptly.

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