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Prednisolone with turmeric

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I'm on prednisolone down to 2mg .my question is can I take turmeric capsules with prednisolone and if so how much turmeric can I take a day. Is anyone taking this.

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This has been discussed before and there are several of us taking turmeric capsules. The jury is out whether it actually helps but I don’t want to stop just in case! I’m on 10mg prednisolone and 500mg turmeric daily. Not sure whether a G.P. would be happy with this but I’ve not told mine and been taking it for a couple of years now.

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Denbo51 in reply to scrambledegg

Does the turmeric help with your bones and walking

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scrambledegg in reply to Denbo51

I’m really not sure. But I’ve never had problems with hips and thighs just the typical PMR symptoms from the waist upwards so I count my blessings I’ve never had problems walking.

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PMRproAmbassador in reply to Denbo51

In what way do you expect it to help your bones? It won't build bone density - it might help with walking if the problem is due to inflammation. It may well be you have reduced too far - a mg or two more would still be a very low dose.

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Denbo51 in reply to PMRpro

I just turmeric hrled bone density and other things like movement

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DorsetLadyPMRGCAuk volunteer

From drugs checker -

No interactions were found between prednisone and turmeric. This does not necessarily mean no interactions exist. Always consult your healthcare provider.

However, if you are taking a PPI (omeprazole or the like) it is not recommended.

Black pepper helps absorption of turmeric, but consensus of opinion it is better if used in cooking rather than in capsule form.

Plenty of related posts.

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YuliK in reply to DorsetLady

I love turmeric in soups.

Especially chicken soup ..flavour great as well.

It’s gives a lovely colour to mashed potatoes too, (when boiling them. )

My late husband always said , “that one eats with the eyes “

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piglette in reply to YuliK

It is very pretty in scrambled eggs too.

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bonio in reply to DorsetLady

wow that's interesting. I've been taking turmeric capsules for awhile now alongside a ppi (omaprazole) which i've reduced to 10mg recently. Had no idea contra indications with a ppi so will switch to using in cooking as love it anyway. I also drink Turmeric and lemon tea so hope taking it that way will be ok. As far as I have read it is supposed to be helpful against inflamation. Thanks again for all the info, it's invaluable. :-)

Good morning Denbo51.I m taking my preds before I go to bed,otherwise I can’t move in the morning due to the pain.

I take 500mg for turmeric a day after food ie lunchtime,I ve only been on it a few weeks so early days for me.

Others ladies will know more about it,so I can also read what they’ve written about it.

Stay well and happy


I’ve been taking it in capsule form with pipeline, the black pepper that helps to activate it. I have no idea if it works because I haven’t stopped taking it for several years. It is said to help with inflammation and pain. Until I fell and broke my wrist recently, and the shock to my body from that, and having to go onto to sick days rules, I was doing quite well, no trouble below waist with regard to aches and pains, and morning stiffness not a worry. I guess I will continue to use turmeric for the long time even though I can’t say for sure if it helps or not. It is wonderful in real, freshly made chicken soup. I also regularly use fresh ginger to help deal with ongoing digestive distress.

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Bennijax in reply to Bennijax

Piperine. Not ‘pipeline’. Frustrated by my device’s auto spell function.

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Auto spell!!…you can edit reply easily, just tap the More option below…and select Edit

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Thank you! I never noticed that. More friendly for me would be an Edit choice…….but now I know.

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Lots of IT things could be more user friendly 😉…but the people do their best…

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Viv54 in reply to DorsetLady

HaHA! i only learnt this the other day ! Easy peasy !

Hi there

I’ve been taking turmeric capsules 500mg (with black pepper) every morning for the past year. I take my 3mg of prednisolone at night. It does not appear to affect the steroid uptake and my thinking is it’s unlikely to be doing any harm. Every little helps!

This is really for Dorset Lady . Why is turmeric not recommended with a PPI like omeprazole ?

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DorsetLadyPMRGCAuk volunteer in reply to Hidcote

See this - may interfere with how PPIs work - so best to be aware or check with GP/pharmacist -

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Hidcote in reply to DorsetLady

Thanks for the reply really helpful

I take two x capsules every evening by FutureYou, Cambridge. They are bio available which means they are in the best form for the body to absorb and it is the curcumin extract of the turmeric which is the important part. I don’t think they will help your bones but curcumin is good for reducing inflammation. I have been taking them for about a year now and I am happily reducing the pred from 15mg 14 months ago and am now down to 6mg with no major problems. I lead my normal active life (tennis, dog walking, yoga, Pilates etc. I hope that helps and best of luck!

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Denbo51 in reply to Uke1

Thank-you so much it as helped me cheers

I’m always dubious about what is in some over the counter supplements so I have been having fresh turmeric with black pepper everyday. I have been taking it for about 8 months but really not sure if it’s made any difference.I was diagnosed in Oct 2020. 15mg of prednisolone now down to 4mg but still have pain although mostly manageable

I've been taking CurcuminX4000 800mg daily, which is the active ingredient of Turmeric, for a number of years but was still hit by PMR aprox 10months ago, so wonder what use it's been in lowering inflammation. With all these 'alternative/herbal' meds it's very difficult to evaluate what use they are, whether it is actually effective physically or has a placebo effect. I can only look at any trials that might have been carried out.

I take turmeric in curries but can't take the supplement as it seems to give me constipation. This aside, the only thing my GP advised me about turmeric is to stop taking it about 2/3 weeks before any major operation as it's a blood thinner.

If you have any stomach issues, I would be careful with turmeric

I took turmeric for 6 months and when I stopped taking it I did not notice anything. I really don’t believe it helped at all

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Denbo51 in reply to Koalajane

Thank-you for advice hope you still okay 👌

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Koalajane in reply to Denbo51

Yes thanks

When I was in pred I used tumeric as a spice and put in pretty much everything, once off pred (7 months now - yay!) I switched to tablets. Will try anything that purports to help with inflammation and joint pain (arthritis in both hips)!

There was a big craze for turmeric and black pepper coffee a few years ago

I used to take turmeric capsules with perine when I was stepping down from 5 mg. It did not help me at all. I am now at 1.5 mg prednisone with 10,000 Vitamin D3, Vitamin K2 and 12 mg Astaxanthin. The Vitamin D3 and Vitamin K2 combination is delivering the calcium to the bones and not to other organs of the body. Astaxanthin helps me with the flares of upper shoulder.. I never have issues with the lower parts of the body.. I am following DorsetLady step down method. I am stable now at 1.5 mg and will be stepping down in about a month to 1.0 mg. I hope this help.

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