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Re: RC: Prednisone

In a message dated 7/22/99 7:50:24 PM Pacific Daylight Time, Tivers writes:

<< The effects of the steroid will be essentially gone by the time of the 
ride. What you have to watch out for with corticosteroids is a suppressed 
immune system and ulcers.  >>

You are right about the therapeutic effect, but I can vouch from personal 
experience that sometimes the side effects last longer than the therapeutic 
effects.  That would be my concern, re fluid regulation.  But you make a good 
point that immunosuppression also lasts longer than the therapeutic effect, 
and since competition is another stressor, that's a good thing to keep in 

Also, the aftereffects of allergies aren't "gone" just because the hives are, 
either--a good allergic attack can leave one fatigued for several days, too, 
which isn't the way I'd want my horse to go into competition, either.


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