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I have developed glaucoma from using Pred Forte. If I stop using Pred Forte will the glaucoma go away?
I've been using Pred Forte for about 2 mo. on doctors orders, 1 drop twice daily. Now I have glaucoma, but the doctor still wants me to use the Pred Forte. If I stop using the Pred Forte, willl the glaucome reverse itself?
Marti
10/29/09
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  Usually glaucoma reverses after stopping steroids.If applying pred forte is absolutely necessary,you can ask your doctor to prescribe antiglaucoma medication to control the intraocular pressure temporarily.
Dr.Mihir Shah
10/31/09
Drooping eyelid from Pred Forte - will it resolve?
I have begun to notice eyelid droop in the eye in which I take pred forte. How likely is it to resolve on its own when I stop pred forte?
Drooping eyelid is one of the side-effects of long term optical steroid, so it is caused by Pred Forte, and not my eye condition (for which drooping eyelid is not a symptom). I did not say that I wish to stop the steroid without tapering off. If you have any information as to whether or not the side effect from Pred Forte will resolve on its own, that would be great.
Red Momma Firebush
07/01/10
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Do these results show asthma?
So I know I already asked a question in relation to this, but I want to ask specifically. My doctor states I have "mild asthma" based off these results. But after my own research, "mild asthma" is a stretch to say. Or a stretch to even relate my results to asthma at all..

Based off these results from the %pred values... can anyone tell me what they mean..?

FVC = 104
FEV1 = 87
FEV1/FVC = 82
FET -----
FEF25 - 75 = 54
PEFR = 95
PIFR = 105

vital capacity
VC = 104
IC = 90
ERV = 142

Lung volumes N2
TLC = 109
RV = 121
RV/TLC = 108
FRC = 131

Diffusion
DLCO = 145
DLCO/VA = 143
VA{BTPS} = 101
VI[BTPS] = 92
crewdawg
01/08/11
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  hmm...i am a kid and have had asthma for much longer than many many adults, and I would say that based on ur lung capacity and FEV, i would say you probably do not, or have very good, controllable and healthy asthma. but consult your doctor again as soon as possible, please!
lucy_loo7
01/08/11
Is clouded vision a common side effect of prednisone eye drops? Brand name "Pred forte"?
I have been diagnosed with bilateral uveitis and have been prescribed pred forte to take every 4 hours. The drops however have clouded my eyes alot and I'm just wondering if that's the natural progression of how they work.
Jinn
08/30/06
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  Clouded vision is not a common side effect of Predforte eye drops. But clouded vision is a common symptom of uveitis.

I get recurrent uveitis. When I start with Predforte, I start at a drop per hour, a level that is maintained for several weeks before tapering down.

So by my experience, your dosage seems low. I suppose it is quite possible that the T-cell levels in your eyes has continued to go up.

Regardless, you should immediately contact your ophthamologist's office regarding this clouding of your vision. I expect they will want to see you immediately.

Good luck with it.

TJ
TJ
09/01/06
I think I have GPC?
I think I have GPC. In early July, I started to get redness in both eyes so I went to the Dr. and she put me on Vigamox for 7 days and everything cleared up. However, a few days after i started wearing contact again, the redness resurfaced in my left eye only. I went to the Dr. again and she said that my eyelid looked red so she put me on Pred Mild for 10 days with no CL use. It clearly up completely, but then came back after about 6-7 days of CL use. This time, it actually got more red and more irritated after I took out my contact. Does this sound like GPC? What are some of the symptoms of it?
Giant papillary conjunctivitis
Mike
08/30/07
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  I know that GPC may refer to:

Global Protection Committee
Great Patriots Collapse
GPC, a brand of cigarettes manufactured by R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company
Geiriadur Prifysgol Cymru, the University of Wales Dictionary of the Welsh language.
Gel permeation chromatography
General People's Congress, ruling political party in Yemen
General Purpose Computer, aboard the Space Shuttle
Giant papillary conjunctivitis
Gigaparsec
GNU Pascal Compiler
Google Page Creator
GPC Biotech
Green Party of Canada
Group Policy Container
Government Procurement Card
Guilford Pwnage Clan {GPC}
"GPC", a song by Grandaddy from their 1998 single Laughing Stock
GPC Electronics, an Electronics Manufacturing Service Provider in Australia/New Zealand
Global Path Cache
Global Product Classification (GS1)

None of these seem relevant to your question. Could you repost it, but specify what GPC stands for?
Marc G
08/30/07
Giant Papillary Conjuctivitis?
I think I have GPC. In early July, I started to get redness in both eyes so I went to the Dr. and she put me on Vigamox for 7 days and everything cleared up. However, a few days after i started wearing contact again, the redness resurfaced in my left eye only. I went to the Dr. again and she said that my eyelid looked red so she put me on Pred Mild for 10 days with no CL use. It clearly up completely, but then came back after about 6-7 days of CL use. This time, it actually got more red and more irritated after I took out my contact. Does this sound like GPC? What are some of the symptoms of it?
Mike
08/30/07
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  Sounds like you have GPC. This site explains the basics http://www.steen-hall.com/c_gpc.html
jane
09/03/07
Why did my doctor give me Pred Forte and Pataday when i told her I think I have extreme dry eyes?
For the past 4 months I have had intense crazy dry eyes, my eyeball looks so dry and unwatery when I look at it and it is constant RED. When I put on my glasses it makes no difference in the vision like it was before but if I put on contacts its almost crystal clear. In the morning my eyes feel super dry and it feels like sometimes there is mucus on in my upper eyelid and if I bilnk it gets stuck on my eye ball and it becomes hard to see, it feels slimey and thick and a bit stick. I went to the dr and she tested my eyes and said it was very irritated and gave me Pred Forte and Pataday to try for a week, is this the right treatment for extremely dry eyes? It sounds like it's for eye itchiness instead or pink eye. Help
I actually went to an optometrist at first about the problem and she gave me tobramycin to see if it would help, after a vial it didn't really help much so then I decided to goto a ophtha to get it checked today, the dr seemed a bit rushed and nonchalant and looked at my eyes and said it looked really irritated and asked if i had allergies and i said yes but this was going on even a little before allergy season for me, then she gave me Pataday and Pred Forte to try for a week
John C
01/14/10
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  Why would you question your doctor's diagnosis and prescriptions? No one on this site has had the opportunity to examine your eyes, so you ought to listen to your doctor and try the medications for a week.
Hopefully you saw an ophthalmologist.
Transamgirl
01/14/10
is pred forte safe to use?
leo j
10/16/07
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  For the appropriate patient, yes.
ckm1956
10/18/07
I have been diagnosed w/ LVH & mitralvalve regurg that went from mild to mod in 6 mos, what are the implicatio
the mitral valve regurg went from mild to mod in 6mos. What are the implications of this for me and what is the treatment/prognosis. The symptoms I am having are SOB w/ mild exertion & palpitations. I have a f/u appt but would like info now. I have been on Cardizem CD 180mg daily for 1 year. My ej is 70%.
BONNIE C
07/04/06
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  up to now the other posters have said some correct things.
LVH is telling you that there is an increase in the muscle mass of the left side of the heart. mitral valve regurgitation is basically back flow of blood within the heart chamber. it means that a valve is not closing all the way. so when the pumping(beat) of the heart occurs blood flows both ways backward and forward. however the forward flow is reduced and this leads to decrease in blood flow to the lungs and therefore oxygen desaturation of the blood and a feeling of SOB may occur. Doctors cannot grade SOB, but they can objectively define DOE, dyspnea on exertion which probably has shown up on some tests you underwent.

early treatment of valve problems often responds well, but the increase in heart muscle mass may not reverse itself leaving you with some residual effects. ask your doctor about this part of the syndrome. also you want to know the "etiology (cause)" of the valve weakness. sometimes it is viral or bacterial related and may get treated differently then say heart surgery.
gmillioni
07/17/06
White discoloration of the hair?
A diabetic patient 26 years old received avastin for glaucoma treatment (to lower the fluid pressure inside). She receives some eye drops, like trusopt, pred mild, ciloxan antibiotics, travatan, and xalacom. After receving the second avastin intraocular injection she start losing her scalp hair, and in the same time her eyebrows and eyelashes hair was changed into white. After her scalp hair started to get longer, it got to be white (it grew white instead of brown which was her hair color). What do you think the reason is (though i think it is avastin) and what is the best method to treat this and bring her hair color back to normal. Thanks
Sarah
06/04/09
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  All the eye drops have side effects. I cannot imagine one patient would be given a cocktail of the above. One at a time maybe.
None of the side effects of Avastin (like hairloss) are likely to occur from injections into the eye.

Can fear or stress or any extraordinary emotion change the color of your hair? Yes, but not instantly. Your psychological state has a significant impact on the hormones that can effect the amount of melanin deposited in each strand of hair, but the effect of emotion takes a long time to see. The hair you see on your head emerged from its follicle a long time ago. So, graying or any other color change is a gradual process, occurring over the course of several weeks, months, or years.

In other words, counselling for stress and if distressed by the hair colour, go to a good hairdresser1
izzy
06/12/09
is mild, genetic gyno reversible?
so, i've been into powerlifting for a while and i have a pretty good physique on me but one thing that i always thought that ruined my near-perfect physique is my mild gyno..

it's rather mild, the duct fat is mainly just inside and a bit around my nipple, but even then i am rather self conscious about them. i've had them since i was a little kid (i was obese so you couldn't really tell) and i don't take steroids, and quit all the drugs i used to do so obviously that's not it.

anyway i've heard that if the gyno is mild enough it can be reversed with drugs like tamoxifen (anti-estrogen) or anastrozole (aromatase inhibitor). but that's for steroid users, would it work on genetic gyno too?
Emiliano Lopez
07/10/11
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can taking pred forte eye drops for 3 months cause weight gain?
freggy1244
04/08/08
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  Eye drops generally do not affect the digestive system.
mel s
04/10/08
How long is it safe to take pred forte after an Excell shunt is inplanted in your eye?
bett
02/12/08
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1 year old has a horrible cough very dry sounding-strains-sounds like he is gonna throw up...Doctor?
My son went ot the doctor not last friday but the Friday before that. He has asthmatic bronchitic, weezy!! The put him on breathing treatments, albuterol and pomecort, antibiotic, and prednizone. He went off pred and antibiotic friday and the cough that was just mild has now progressed to a very dry cough and he strains so bad. He almost throws up it seems like when he is coughing!! He is straining so badly, its awful... It is a lot worse when he is sitting still or in bed, but now is coughing more even while he is running around. It doesn't sound like he is coughing up mucus or anything... What to do? Let it play out or call docotr in the morning... I almost wanted to take him to er while he was eating because he coughed constantly, straining, and almost as if he was choling and it was like he was gonna throw up...
TDavis0190
02/13/11
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  Yes you should call the doctor. And using a humidifier while hes sleeping may help.
Aiden Girard
02/16/11
pred forte (eye drops),?
My grandmother uses the medicine, every 2 hours of 24hour day, is that ok?...our doctor did not specify the number of times it should be taken a day...
Lorenz Ras
06/08/08
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  Pred Forte contains a steroid medication that eases redness, irritation, and swelling due to inflammation of the eye.

Recommended dosage for
ADULTS

Put 1 to 2 drops under the eyelid 2 to 4 times daily. During the first 24 to 48 hours, your doctor may want you to use more frequent doses.

Overdosage
A one-time accidental overdose of Pred Forte eyedrops ordinarily will not cause acute problems. Over time, however, overdosage may have serious consequences If you suspect symptoms of a chronic overdose with Pred Forte eyedrops, seek medical attention immediately.

If you accidentally swallow Pred Forte eyedrops, drink fluids to dilute the medication. Call your local poison center or your doctor for assistance.


What side effects may occur?
Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, inform your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking Pred Forte.

More common side effects may include:
Allergic reactions, blurred vision, burning/stinging, cataract formation, delayed wound healing, dilated pupils, drooping eyelid, increased pressure inside the eyeball, inflamed eyes, perforation of the eyeball, secondary infection, ulcers of the cornea
Since many of these developments could affect your vision temporarily or permanently, it is important to keep in close contact with your doctor while using Pred Forte eyedrops, and to use the drops only as directed.

Occasionally, long-term use of Pred Forte eyedrops may cause bodywide side effects due to an overload of steroid hormone. Such side effects may include a "moon-faced" appearance, obese trunk, humped upper back, wasted limbs, and purple stretch marks on the skin. These effects are likely to disappear once the medication is withdrawn. If bodywide side effects occur, you will need to stop using the eye drops gradually rather than all at once.
Spectacle
06/08/08
Is inderal pills and pencillin injection a better treatment for mild mitral stenosis?
I have Mild MS by calcification, do i definitely need a surgery in future? Will it be a replacement or repair?
arslan s
08/11/07
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  Surgery is reserved for severe mitral stenosis with a significantly decreased ejection fraction. Depending on the type/severity you could have a mechanical valve replacement or a valve repair. I believe the inderal and penicillin are prophylactics against bacterial endocarditis, or when an infection lodges on the stenotic valve because of fluid dynamic changes.
e-man
08/11/07
Is it possible to have a VERY MILD case of Encephalitis or Meningitis in the past, and not know it?
Is it possible to have a VERY MILD case of Encephalitis or Meningitis in the past, and not know it? If so, will it show up in some bloodwork later in life, or once its gone, is there a way to see if you had it in the past?
I know both are extremely dangerous and can make you terribly ill or they can even be fatal, but is it possible to have had a very mild case of either, and not know what it was?
I hope I explained this good enough. Thank you in advance.
SweetPea
09/30/07
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  I do not believe that it is possible to tell after the illness has passed. In Meningitis, the way to tell if there is an active infection is with a spinal tap to look for the presence of the bacteria or virus in the spinal fluid. With illnesses like chicken pox, there is a test that can be performed that looks for specific antibodies -- that's how you can tell if you've had it in the past. Meningitis is not one of those 'get it once' type of illnesses. Although less than 2% of those ever infected get it again, it's a luck of the draw. I know; I've had it twice.
Brian H
10/01/07
In terms of efficacy, are these two medicines the same?
I am taking ophthalmic steroid drops to treat uveitis. The first doctor I saw put me on Pred Forte (which is prednisolone acetate 1%), which worked quite well. The doctor she referred me to, however, ordered prednisolone sodium phosphate 1% when I requested a prescription refill. Aside from the fact that the acetate is milky white and the sodium phosphate is clear, the sodium phosphate does not seem to work as well.

Does anyone have any clinical knowledge or personal experience with the efficacy of both of these medicines?
Thanks, Dave! Your answer has been very helpful. Thankfully I'm no longer being treated by the doc who prescribed the phosphate, but I continue to discover things he did that were seriously wrong...should have listened to my instincts the first time I met him. The opthalmologist I'm with now has his act together and knows what he's doing (and isn't afraid to tell me about what the previous doc did wrong).

I'm leaving this question open for a while longer because I now have a follow-up that I'm hoping Dave or someone else will be able to answer.

My pharmacy is also a source of major screw ups. They didn't have Pred Forte when I went for a refill, so I now have Falcon's generic. I'm beginning the tapering off process and will have to switch to the new bottle later today. Do you think Falcon is one of the "better" generics (i.e. am I more at risk for another flare?)

Thanks! :)
Red Momma Firebush
12/28/09
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  Yes, they are different, as the sodium phosphate form doesn't penetrate into the eye as well as the acetate form will. Many docs find the phosphate form is good for treating superficial inflammation, only (like allergies), and I personally wouldn't treat uveitis with anything but Pred Forte for reasons you've discovered.

And even there, many of the generic forms of pred acetate don't work as well as Pred Forte (pink bottle), and hence why many docs will write "no substitution" when Rxing Pred Forte.

PS remember to shake well before putting in your eye, as the med is the milky substance which settles to the bottom.
Dave
12/28/09
Is anyone on or have been on MIcrogestin Fe 1/20? My gyn gave it to me for mild acne. Has it helped anyone?
I had a mild acne problem caused by the nuvaring this past summer which doesn't want to go away. I've been put on Microgestin Fe 1/20 because I'm sensative to high dose birthcontrol.
JWiddy04
03/13/08
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  i would see a dermatologist for acne not your gyno.
Elizabeth<3
03/13/08
Is the medication Ceftin a mild or major drug for sinus infections?
Is this a mild medication or a strong medication? Thank you
btrue2u04
05/15/10
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  http://www.bing.com/health/article/goldstandard-1500081078/Cefuroxime-Axetil-Oral-tablet?q=ceftin&FORM=K1RE&qpvt=+Ceftin+
sky guardian
05/15/10
question for lamictal xr 25mg and welburtin 150mg?
i been taking them for a week now ,since i was diagnosed with bipolar mixed ,however i think i might have some mild autism symptoms too and im 20 so its crazy how i never knew about this disordor since im a forgeiner we dont take mild mental issues seriously. but im very concerned because i don't want to live all my life as an outcast and lonely. i wish i could change be better than i am now and have a normal life someday. please let me know if these medications i was put on will affect me badly since i may have mild autism i fergot to tell my dr all the symptoms last week so i called her and she said i should wait till my next appointment in 2 weeks and that if i have autism its no problem to stay on these meds to treat whatever she diagnosed me with. maybe it was the lack of communication that had me hold back and just focus on my depression, mood swings and irritatbility
bellydancer
05/22/07
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  25mg of Lamictal xr is very low. It is also used for autistic symptoms. Wellbutrin is also used for autistic symptoms. I think you will be ok. Just make sure to go over everything next appointment.
Allison O
05/22/07
I had cataract surgery (right eye) a week ago. Is it normal to have these symptoms?
Eyeball feels unnaturally soft when I gently press on the lid especially on the top right side. I see flashes of light or pinwheels in the same area. The eye is still sore, especially when blinking. I have three eye drops (Acular, Ofloxacin anfd Pred Forte) the opthomologist gave me to use and I have been following his directions. I have an appointment to see him tomorrow, but I'd like some info beforehand. Thank you.
debodun
02/19/09
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  Be sure and mention to him that you are seeing flashes of light, sometimes this can mean a detached retina. It is probably just the symptoms of the operation, but he can take a look at the back of your eyeball to be sure it is OK, sometimes doctors miss this because the cataract is so dense, they cannot see the back of the eye well because of it.
Anne2
02/19/09
How soon after a mild stroke can a person begin regular and then vigorous physical activity?
I haven't been diagnosed with a mild stroke but I had my left arm go numb followed by a very strong headache, nausea and vomiting. I had a cat scan which showed no evidence of a stroke but I figure the writing was on the wall. Before this, I was very physically active and I'm worried about possibly stressing my body too much and causing another if I work out too hard too soon. Any advice?
Dalon
07/13/08
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  Go for it, but maybe not as hard for a while. Generally a mild stroke or the proper word being Transient Ischaeic Attack normal heal themselves with nil side effects. If it was this keeping fit and healthy would do you no harm. If it happens again seek though seek medical attention.
yoda_master
07/14/08
when will i get relief from my oral thrush?
I just started taking mycelex lonzengers 4 times a day today was my first day, when will i get relief, i have a mild case and am healthy otherwise but my tongue feels scalded and is salivating alot can anyone answer my question?
i got it from my antibiotics and i just had a baby so my body is very run down, its very mild no white spots my tongue just feels burned and weird taste
12
07/16/08
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  i had oral thrush a few weeks ago, i felt the same way. i was given 7 pills of diflucan (used to treat both vaginal and oral yeast infections) i started feeling relief after a few days, but could tell it was still there even after i took all 7 pills. my doctor also prescribed me a mouthwash to use after the 7 pills were taken because she said oral thrush can be hard to get rid of. hopefully after you take all your medication you'll be cured of it. if not, go back to the doctors. good luck.
runninggrl06
07/16/08
Pulmonary Function Test?
So I'm a little aggravated. I had a PFT done back in October and my doctor said it was normal and there were no issues. The first time I took it I failed it because the nurse was Hispanic and I didn't know what she was telling me, nor do I think she knew what she was telling me. So another nurse gave me the test and everything came out fine. At the bottom of my test under Physician review it states: NORMAL PULMONARY TEST.

So I only took this test for the military physical to prove to them I do not have asthma due to having been prescribed an inhaler for Bronchitis in 2006. So I get a copy of my medical records and on the record states. "alveoli. Patient has increase in diffusion capacity indicating possible early bronchospasms. FEV1 and FVC are decreased indication mild asthma. May benefit from anticholenergic and B agonist combination inhaler." He also put in there reason for visit, problems breathing sometimes.. Which is absolutely false. Why would I come in complaining about breathing when I'm trying to convey to the military I have no issues with my lungs! Also he put on there under the lungs category: "abnormal breath sounds/voice sounds with coarse breath sounds. Wheezing was heard fine expiratory wheezing. Rhonchi were heard." IDK wtf this guy is talking about. I even asked him after he checked and he said everything was fine and heard NO WHEEZING.. and all my other records under lungs section state no abnormalities.. And I was just in a few months prior to that and everything was fine under lungs..

Is this guy anti-military or something? Can these records legally be changed by him back or once they're written they can't be?

Here are my PFT results under the %Pred column:

FVC = 104
FEV1 = 87
FEV1/FVC = 82
FET -----
FEF25 - 75 = 54
PEFR = 95
PIFR = 105

vital capacity
VC = 104
IC = 90
ERV = 142

Lung volumes N2
TLC = 109
RV = 121
RV/TLC = 108
FRC = 131

Diffusion
DLCO = 145
DLCO/VA = 143
VA{BTPS} = 101
VI[BTPS] = 92

The only one that was low was the 54% and I did some research and it seems to be normal.. But then again I'm nop doctor.

Are there any indication of a bad PFT here? Or is the Doc crazy....

thanks!
crewdawg
01/07/11
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