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Thread: How does Prednisone affect you??

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    Hello everyone on this very chilly January day. I have started taking Prednisone again for the second time and I was wondering how it affects other people? It makes me really tired, really really tired all the time. And I have acid reflux so I have to take that about an hour or so before I take the prednisone. So.....what are your side affects.
    OH, and I get really bad bad headaches while I am being weaned off of it too.
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    I have been on Prednisone for almost a year now due to a autoimmune diease that I have. I have gained almost 40 lbs. Iam hungry all the time 20mins after I eat Iam ready again. Iam so thankful for a understanding husband. I dont know that I am tired all the time but i can say I am not overly ambitious. Sorry you have to take this yuck medication but hopefully it helps you and you can get off it soon.

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    I absolutely hate taking Prednisone it makes me so irritable that I can hardly stand myself let alone anyone else. I would say almost suicidal - but not quite thank God. Plus I gain weight big time from it even tho it is suppose to reduce swelling of glands, and etc.

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    I see that I am not the only one to gain weight from it.....I only took it for 15 days last time and I gained 10 pounds. My husband thinks I am lying, but no a woman never lies about the gaining of weight. :-)
    Quote Originally Posted by candlequilter
    I absolutely hate taking Prednisone it makes me so irritable that I can hardly stand myself let alone anyone else. I would say almost suicidal - but not quite thank God. Plus I gain weight big time from it even tho it is suppose to reduce swelling of glands, and etc.

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    Makes me cranky n super hungry! I'm already both of those! LOL. Throw in a splash of PMS and LOOK OUT. :)

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    DH took it and LOST weight, although his mom was on it and ate everything in sight. If you are going to be on it long term I think you need one of those meds to protect your bones, like Boniva. Talk to your doctor. Also, it will make your blood sugar go up.

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    I am not too worried about the blood sugar because it seems like mine runs low anyway. I think ???
    And only a man can lose weight on a med that makes you gain weight...men :-)

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    I have been on and off Prednisone for two years even got steroid shots in my back I have gained 60 pounds my back is worse from the weight gain, It feels good while I am on them but as soon as they are done it hurts again

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    That sucks.... I hope you find something that works better. Mine is for my "tarsal tunnel syndrome" in both feet.
    Quote Originally Posted by Hosta
    I have been on and off Prednisone for two years even got steroid shots in my back I have gained 60 pounds my back is worse from the weight gain, It feels good while I am on them but as soon as they are done it hurts again

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    Mean,mean,mean......

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    hunger and puffiness; sigh....good luck to you and hope you feel better

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    Boy, when I'm on Prednisone (for asthma) I cannot feel full. I can eat a whole plate full of food and still be hungry. I think it turns off my 'full' notice.

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    I have Rhumotoid Arthritis and have been on Prednisone for approx. 5 years now.. I have gained 20 pounds and I'm always hungry. I have to take a short nap everyday or else I can't function.. I'm also on Remicade which helps stop the disease from progressing but is a very strong drug.. Hang in there, we all have something we have to deal with.

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    I definitely agree, I have been very blessed in life and this is a minor hiccup :-)
    Quote Originally Posted by Shermy
    I have Rhumotoid Arthritis and have been on Prednisone for approx. 5 years now.. I have gained 20 pounds and I'm always hungry. I have to take a short nap everyday or else I can't function.. I'm also on Remicade which helps stop the disease from progressing but is a very strong drug.. Hang in there, we all have something we have to deal with.

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    SERIOUSLY!!! I just ate a bagel and I am hungry again. ugh :-(

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    I find that Pred weight doesn't leave when the script is finished. I agree with the tiredness, too.

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    I agree with the weight thing, you just can't get rid of it after. That is part of the reason I was so reluctant to go back on, I definitely don't want to gain another 10 pounds that I can't lose. :-(
    Quote Originally Posted by irishrose
    I find that Pred weight doesn't leave when the script is finished. I agree with the tiredness, too.

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    My husband gets the munchies BAD, tries to eat me out of house and home. He was on it 2 weeks and gained 10 pounds.

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    I also have a autoimmune muscle disease. I was also hungry all the time, but instead of being sleepy, I was wide awake almost all the time....only slept 2 to 3 hrs a day, but had no energy to do anything...talk about wasted time. I took the max of Pred for 5 years and another 2 to get off of it. If I were told I had to take it again, I'd have to think long and hard about it. Some days I felt like I was in another world. Why people take drugs they don't have to is a mystery to me. Hopefully you can get off that 'good' stuff very soon.

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    2 weeks and I should be done Yah!!
    Quote Originally Posted by laureneberhard
    I also have a autoimmune muscle disease. I was also hungry all the time, but instead of being sleepy, I was wide awake almost all the time....only slept 2 to 3 hrs a day, but had no energy to do anything...talk about wasted time. I took the max of Pred for 5 years and another 2 to get off of it. If I were told I had to take it again, I'd have to think long and hard about it. Some days I felt like I was in another world. Why people take drugs they don't have to is a mystery to me. Hopefully you can get off that 'good' stuff very soon.

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    It made me shake so bad I looked like I had a drug problem. I was also looking like I had a drug problem. ;-)

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    I have taken it a couple of times for a week at a time each for asthuma. It cleared my asthuma quickly and I had tons of energy...no real side effects

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    I have never taken it, but my late husband had to take it at least once or twice a year. It really affected him badly. He said it felt like he was trying to crawl outside of his skin, and he was so jittery. He was also the most easy going person you would ever meet. Totally different story on prednisone. He acutally called a nurse a B.... and he would never, never, never have done this without the meds. The VA hospital finally had to let me help, and had to keep one nurse out of his room. I never knew how he would react to something with this drug.

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    I'm allergic to it. Ended up with a head to toe rash, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting. It was in the 90s in the summer, loved being ill.

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    weight gain/dripping sweats/insomnia but it is the only thing to relieve PMR pain/stiffness.

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