Reduce Side Effects from Taking Prednisone
Edited by Mian Sheilette Ong, Lynn, Graeme, Eng and 10 others
Several medical conditions are treated with prednisone. This steroidal drug is not effective until it converts via hepatic metabolism to prednisone. It has helped many patients suffering from diseases such as ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease. However, along with taking this indispensable drug are side effects that are often irritating and apparent to others, like weight gain, mood swings, "mooning" or swelling of the face, acne, increase in appetite, and night sweats. Patients usually take prednisone for long periods of time, which leads to dependence and loss of bone density. If you're diagnosed with a condition that requires you to take prednisone, you should learn how to recognize and control the side effects you'll have to endure. This way, you can achieve a higher quality of life despite your diagnosed ailment.
- 1 Understanding the Side Effects of Steroidal Medication
- 2 How to Reduce Prednisone Side Effects
- 3 Tips
- 4 Questions and Answers
- 4.1 The best drug to reduce side effects of prednisone?
- 4.2 I am covered with bruises as a result of taking prednisone. What can I do?
- 4.3 I am just beginning to take prednisone for temporal Arteritis. I have been reading about the side effects and it is really very discouraging. How do I reduce these effects?
- 4.4 Up to now, I've experienced disruptions of sleep, especially after some physical stress. What should I expect next, and what should I do?
- 4.5 How to reduce the side effects of wysolone 80 mg daily?
- 4.6 How can one reduce pain when touched?
- 4.7 Which time is suitable for taking wysolone?
- 4.8 I've been put on Prednisone to stop sweat itching problem.
- 4.9 What will counter the reaction to prednisone?
- 4.10 I am prednisone and I want it out of my system for good very fast?
- 4.11 Last time I took prednisone, urinated frequently, my vision changed, what is the best method to reduce these symptoms?
- 4.12 What is considered a high dose and a "long course" of prednisone?
- 5 Comments
Understanding the Side Effects of Steroidal Medication
Prednisone is a steroid. The reason it's prescribed is it's very effective in relieving inflammation in patients. Like other corticosteroid medications, prednisone has very negative side effects. These side effects will vary depending on each particular person, the dosage and the length of use. If you are on a low prednisone dosage, you will have less serious side effects, especially if you follow your physician's recommendations. The more you read about prednisone's side effects, the more comfortable you will become taking it. Before you take prednisone, you should always be aware of the risks involved. It's always good to be forewarned.
How to Reduce Prednisone Side Effects
Once you are diagnosed with a condition that requires you to take prednisone, you have to be prepared for the side effects. Your prednisone treatment is necessary to relieve your symptoms, but as a responsible patient, you have to learn about the side effects and ways to reduce them. When you take prednisone, you may experience any or all of following:
- 2Altered Physical Stress Response.Advertisement
- 3The Steroid Withdrawal Syndrome.
- 5GI �" Gastrointestinal - Bleeding or Ulcers.
- 7Inadequate Sleep or Insomnia.
- 8Elevated Blood Pressure and Fluid Retention.
- 9Changes in Mood.
- 10Hardening of Arteries (atherosclerosis).
- 12Aseptic Necrosis.
Taking prednisone has its negative effects, but if you know what to look for, and what to do, you will get through your treatment without any problems. Just make sure that you know prednisone well before you take it.
- Always coordinate with your doctor while you're on prednisone.
- Take the time to check your diet and lifestyle. Make the necessary changes.
- Ask your doctor about taking supplements while taking prednisone.
Questions and Answers
The best drug to reduce side effects of prednisone?
My body immunity is down, I have hypertension, and I'm experiencing vertigo.
To circumvent the fact that your immune system is weaker when you're taking prednisone, make sure you get all of your necessary shots to avoid diseases. Hypertension and vertigo are problems that you need to discuss with your doctor, as they could be signs of something more serious.
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I am covered with bruises as a result of taking prednisone. What can I do?
Is there anything I can take to stop bruising from 40 years of taking prednisone? Is there any alternative to prednisone?
If you have been taking Prednisone for 40 years, age is also a factor in your bruising. There is a medication called Arnica that many on steroids take to help with bruising. You should also see if you can take a Collagen supplement while on your medications. Collagen will help to thicken your skin with more bounce as if you were 20 years old. It will need to be taken daily for the rest of your life to maintain healthy skin. Collagen is quickly depleted from your system.
I am just beginning to take prednisone for temporal Arteritis. I have been reading about the side effects and it is really very discouraging. How do I reduce these effects?
I have been diagnosed with Temporal Arteritis. I have just begun taking 60 mg. of Prednisone. I have been reading about the awful side effects. I am a 48 yr old woman who is in fairly good shape with 5 children. I do not want to gain the excess weight or have my face swell up like the moon. I also do not want to become unbearable for my children and husband. What is the best way to avoid these side effects?
For the weight gain, cut sugar and carbohydrates out of your diet as much as possible. Steroids can raise blood glucose levels and "empty calorie" types of foods should be avoided. Eat a low salt high potassium diet to reduce fluid retention. The steroid will cause fluid retention in your face. Avoiding salts, processed foods(high in sodium), and drinking lots of water will keep your body flushing the excess water instead of storing it around your face.
Up to now, I've experienced disruptions of sleep, especially after some physical stress. What should I expect next, and what should I do?
I had problems sleeping after only one dose of 40mg prednisone. I dropped it immediately, even though doctor prescribed it for more than a week. Sleep was initially disrupted. It's been 3 months, and my sleep is still being disrupted when I have physical stress over a certain limit. What should I expect and do? I have tried: Sleep medications such as Lyrica and clonazepam, which improved the sleep for the time being, but the problem keeps recurring. I think it was caused by: One time 40mg of prednisone
Taking a medication just once, several months ago is not the cause of your insomnia. There are numerous reasons for insomnia. Stress and anxiety are leading causes of insomnia along with depression. I, for instance, had trouble sleeping after I learned that my life would be influx for an indefinite amount of time. I had to center myself emotionally before bed and get into a routine before I finally was able to fall asleep without tossing and turning. That anxiety is what caused my insomnia so start considering what other factors could have you tossing and turning at night. Be cautioned that medications for sleep such as what you were taking are highly addictive. They also could be one of the causes for your insomnia now. These medications make chemical changes in the brain to the point where people can't fall asleep unless they take the medication. Here are some VisiHow articles to help you in your quest for a good night's rest:
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How to reduce the side effects of wysolone 80 mg daily?
My mom is taking wysolone 80mg daily for Asthma and she is facing side effects because of that. Can you please help me with some remedies to at least lessen these? I have tried: We are trying to reduce the course but that is also creating issues. I think it was caused by: The steroid itself
Follow the recommendations in the article on this page and from the answer section. When taking an asthma medication, the best way to reduce the medication is to remove triggers. Dust, animal dander, perfume scents, chemical cleaners, and mold are all triggers for asthma. Help her out by dusting the house regularly. Have her make a notation each time she feels an asthma attack beginning so that you can determine what her triggers are.
How can one reduce pain when touched?
I usually feel pain when touched at certain places such as arm, neck.
Start taking a magnesium supplement. Steroids usually remove pain from inflammation but can add sensitivity to the skin. Magnesium will help with this. You should also move those areas of your body as much as possible to avoid Necrosis which can occur while on steroids. If you are on steroids for a condition such as lupus, make sure that you do not have an infection that is causing pain in your neck and arm area.
Which time is suitable for taking wysolone?
And the best time for taking prednisone?
Most people take it in the morning when they first wake up. This is done to avoid problems sleeping later on in the night. Also, you will want the full effect of the medication to work while you are awake. If you do take it in the morning, do so with a meal or glass of milk to avoid any stomach issues from the medication. You also should pay attention to your heart rate if you enjoy several cups of coffee in the morning. Caffeine can have a side effect of too much stimulant when taken with prednisone causing people to feel dizzy and shaky.
I've been put on Prednisone to stop sweat itching problem.
I started with a weekly tapering regime - 50 mg, 40, 30, 20, 10, 5. The itching subsided until I was on 30mg. Then the itching started again. Now I am back on 20mg, gaining weight and no relief with itching. I feel very shaky and cold inside. I have tried: Started with Dermatology, Primary and now Allergist. I think it was caused by: No one knows what's going on yet, and I am miserable
Itching is a severe side effect of Prednisone. Though rare, it can be frustrating. You can try taking an over the counter antihistamine or use creams with antihistamines in them to see if your itching is relieved. Use a moisturizer with oatmeal in it or make your own oatmeal paste at home to leave on the areas experiencing the most sensitivity. Although you may feel the urge to scratch, try to resist as much as possible so that you do not open large areas of skin which can bring on an infection.
What will counter the reaction to prednisone?
I'm taking it & gaining weight. I don't want to.
- 1Low sodium diet.
- 2No processed foods.
- 3No carbohydrates.
- 4No Sugar.
- 5Drink half your body weight in ounces of water daily.
- 6Find a non-caffeinated herbal tea to enjoy and work as a diuretic.Advertisement
These steps will help you stop the weight gain. It is not a fun thing to be gaining weight feeling that you can't control it. You are battling fluid retention and a possible higher glucose level.
I am prednisone and I want it out of my system for good very fast?
My face is swollen hip pain swollen back and deposits of fat how I I get rid also swollen knees and ankle need this drug out of my body. I am on a prescription to reduce the drug how fast does it get out of the body. I have tried: My doctor just gave me the new dosage and calcium supplements and told me to see him after two weeks. I think it was caused by: That is the point I don't know but its inflammation on me that caused all my problems diagnosed of connective tissue disorder and rsd.they just came sudden what type of exercise should I partake is swimming good in removing the fat deposits
Prednisone will be completely out of your system 24 hours after your last dosage. Swimming is an excellent exercise and it helps with your core muscles. It is also more forgiving on joints. You can also take an aquatic aerobics class at most gyms that have pools. For the belly fat, look into Intermittent Fasting. It has been shown as one of the fastest ways to reduce belly fat. Dr. Travis Stork has written a new book called The Lose Your Belly Diet in which he uses balancing your gut to lose belly fat. It is newer research that is exciting for the weight loss community.
Last time I took prednisone, urinated frequently, my vision changed, what is the best method to reduce these symptoms?
Been given a high dose of prednisone, 6 x 3/ 5x 3 and on. for sinus and ear issue due to polyp blocking passages. last year was a nightmare with the increase in blood sugar, had to get glasses my eyesight literally change from needing reading glasses to needing tri focal, up about every hour to urinate. have sleep apnea so really drew a vacuum. Eyesight change permanent had to fight to get blood sugar down. frequent urination. I have tried: About to start again tried nothing yet, did see reducing carbs. I think it was caused by: Problem from steroids or reason having to take? I don't know what else to put down here but it won't let me continue
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What is considered a high dose and a "long course" of prednisone?
I was recently diagnosed with a bad case of reactive arthritis which is not responding to NSAID's. My doc wants me to start on 30 mg/day of prednisone, but I am hoping to talk her into at least trying a smaller dose first. I have no idea how long I can expect to take this but guessing it will be around 2-3 months.
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