Who long does it take for prednisone to get out of your system?
I've been on prednisone for 6 months to treat Sarcoidosis. Thankfully it appears I am now in full remission after being on as high as 60mgs down to 5mgs. I stopped taking them 2 weeks ago. My husband and I are anxious to start a family. How long should I wait for the drug to be out of my system before we can start trying. Thanks in advance for taking the time to read this post.
Suppression of the adrenal glands is a possible side effect of long-term high dose steroid pills, such as prednisone. If you have taken steroid pills routinely within the last year or completed a burst within the past two weeks, it is possible that your adrenal glands may not be functioning at full capacity and cannot handle stress to the body, such as a serious illness, surgery, or injury. During these times you may require a short steroid burst, so it is important to inform all of your health care providers that you have been on steroid pills.
Adrenal suppression can be measured with a blood test and over time the adrenal function does return. Please check with your doctor to be sure your adrenal function is normal before becoming pregnant.
Congrats on getting your lung condition(s) under control & making the monumental decision to start a family. Please work closely with your lung doc & OB/GYN about all your health concerns related to starting a family. It's really important for you to discuss the meds you might need & any restrictions which might be prudent in light of your medical history--in particular the pros & cons of taking vs. not taking various meds during your pregnancy and nursing (if applicable). Wishing you & your husband the best of luck at this exciting time.
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