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  posted on 3/9/2011 at 02:18 PM
I have been sick the last few months and just found out I have Auto immune Hepatitis and I took my first does of prednisone this morning I am a bit wierded out by this and don't know quite what to expect but would appreciate any info you folks might have as to what to expect and what i can do to negate side effects Thanks, Mike

 

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  posted on 3/9/2011 at 02:22 PM
Mike, I'm very sorry to hear this.

Hang in there, Bro. You've got a lot of people who care about you here that are in your corner.

 

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  posted on 3/9/2011 at 02:29 PM
They gave my mom prednisone when she had her cancer and all I can remember is she ate like a horse. Her weight went way up, so keep an eye on your appetite.

 

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  posted on 3/9/2011 at 02:30 PM
sorry to hear that.

hope everything works out for you.

 

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  posted on 3/9/2011 at 02:33 PM
Assuming you are on a dose of 40mg or more, expect the increased appetite as mentione by BDOB, early morning rising (with tons of energy) and an edginess which will get acting much like Joe Pesci in Goodfellows.

Chronically you need to be monitored for hypertension and diabetes.

 

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  posted on 3/9/2011 at 03:00 PM
Sorry to hear that you have this medical challenge, Mike, and hope you have it behind you and are feeling healthy soon. I have a friend who received prednisone treatment for hepatitis and her side affects were weight gain (and it caused her face to be kind of puffy ... 'moon face' is how this symptom is referred to), she had some skin problems similar to acne, tiredness (this could have been the hep and not the drug), and hypertension. This was many years ago and she recovered from all these symptoms when drug was discontinued and has enjoyed good health for the past few decades. She does receive regular liver testing and watches her health and but hasn't had any recurrence of the hepatitis. Your life-style (healthy eating, jogging, regular exercise)should be a plus in handling the effects of the meds and recovery from the AI problem. Stay strong and be well!

 

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  posted on 3/9/2011 at 03:07 PM
Mike, sorry to hear of your ills and hope for a good outcome with the meds. My father took Prednisone for a long period and had the weight gain/round face syndrome that others mentioned.

 

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  posted on 3/9/2011 at 03:10 PM
Hypertension
Weight gain
Increased risk of infection ( due to supression of immune system ).
Increased energy . However, keep track of feeling over stimulated. Strangely both mania and depression are possible.
Stomach upset (take with food if you can.)

These are the most common, but usually, these do not occur to any extreme, depending on the amount of prednisone taken and how long you take it.

Although there are risks, the benefit of taking prednisone outweighs the risk.

Hope you have none of these happen to you, and you return to good health quickly.

Mitch

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  posted on 3/9/2011 at 06:02 PM
Sorry to hear about your illness. I have a long hx with the drug. Mostly in high doses. Like others have said weight gain if you give in to the increased appetite, moon face, my hair was falling out, inability to sleep, thins the bones, lowers the immune system and on and on. If you need to be on it, then like any other drug there are side effects. There is a false energy you get when on it. All aches and pains are gone. The worse for me was the lack of sleep and what starts happening when that is prolonged. At one point I had to take anti-psychotic meds in low does. I have had memory loss as well. But not everyone has the same side effects. Talk to your docs and I wish you all the best.
 

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  posted on 3/9/2011 at 07:47 PM
The speediness/wierdness that you are feeling is a temporary side effect that will pass..
Drink lots of water to keep the munchies at bay, you might put on weight.

I was on it when I first got autoimmune psoriactic arthritis. I was feeling really speedy at first.
and I gained a lot of weight.

My doctor took me off because of a family history of type II diabetes and steroids can induce
that (probably from the weight gain) . and risks of kidney damage. Funny thing is the NSAIDs she put me on instead have done the kidney damage. I have stage ii kidney disease, but they are back to working now.

good luck and I hope this treatment gets you in remission.!

currently I take plaquenil, celebrex and Remicade for my autoimmune diseases.



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  posted on 3/9/2011 at 08:10 PM
Thank you all so much for the great encouragement I know their are going to be side effects but I also understand that i have to take this to get a handle on the disease so my plan is to keep running I have not run in 4 months since i have been very tired from the hep but i am going to start again tomorrow and take it slow and if I have to walk it is ok.. also I am going to go on a strict diet low calories about 1400 to 1700 per day, will eat alot of potassium, and calcium to combat the bone issues and to try and keep the weight off... my plan is to take the prednisone till my liver ensymes return to normal then go to Imuran... again thanks to all

BTW I cut off all my hair in to a mohawk and I am in warrior mode.... peace

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  posted on 3/9/2011 at 09:12 PM
They put my dad on it when he had COPD it can also make you very moody. He use to get angry over little things while on it. I don't know if this is a normal side effect but I know it made my father a but edgy and I've seen others show swelling in the face due to water retention. Jerry Lewis's face swelled up pretty big while on it.

 

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  posted on 3/9/2011 at 09:20 PM
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Thank you all so much for the great encouragement I know their are going to be side effects but I also understand that i have to take this to get a handle on the disease so my plan is to keep running I have not run in 4 months since i have been very tired from the hep but i am going to start again tomorrow and take it slow and if I have to walk it is ok.. also I am going to go on a strict diet low calories about 1400 to 1700 per day, will eat alot of potassium, and calcium to combat the bone issues and to try and keep the weight off... my plan is to take the prednisone till my live ensymes return to normal then go to Imuran... again thanks to all

BTW I cut off all my hair in to a mohawk and I am in warrior mode.... peace


Be careful running. Prednison is a moajor league anti-inflamatory and will mask symptoms such as pain and swelling. Easy to hurt yourself if you don't take it easy - don't push to the max

 

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  posted on 3/9/2011 at 09:21 PM
im on it and have been since 2001 . you will be ok . if you take a high dose you get moody cant sleep gain weight i have been on 50 mg then slowly decrease the dose. once i have flare ups they up the dose . right now im almost off . keep the faith dont let it drag you down. you are better than that .
 

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  posted on 3/10/2011 at 11:25 PM
Did not sleep well last night but energy to spare today is this energy a false state?

 

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  posted on 3/10/2011 at 11:33 PM
Not really force, but a side effect of the medicine. Can't sleep but no lack of energy definitely happens
 

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  posted on 3/11/2011 at 07:26 AM
Yucky stuff. Hope you can get off of it soon.

 

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  posted on 3/11/2011 at 08:39 AM
remember that prednisone mimics the stress hormones that your body makes, like the Fight or Flight response. Energy, irritability and sleeplessness are part of that.

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