121 patient evaluations for Prednisone

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Jul 2, 2017 (Started Jun 28, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for relapse MS (exacerbation))
  • Side effects
    Severe (digestive disturbances)
  • Adherence
    Never taken as prescribed
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Cost: $50-99 monthly
Side effects: digestive disturbances

Mar 5, 2017 (Started Jun 28, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for relapse MS (exacerbation))
  • Side effects
    Severe (digestive disturbances)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Cost: $50-99 monthly
Side effects: digestive disturbances

Feb 5, 2017 (Started Jun 28, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for relapse MS (exacerbation))
  • Side effects
    Moderate (digestive disturbances)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: I've totally discontinued using the oral prednisone taper following solu-medrol infusions. It's a drag for 3/4 days of feeling wiped out & some other unpleasant after effects. But over many yrs. I've found that enduring the let down & subsequent withdrawal from the high dose infusions has FOR ME been a much better path to follow. MY EXPERIENCE has been that the sooner I can rid myself of the 'roids, the sooner I begin to feel stronger physically, mentally, & emotionally. I can begin PT & working on my overall functionality much sooner absent my body having to fight with lingering steroid effects.
Cost: $50-99 monthly
Side effects: digestive disturbances

Sep 7, 2012 (Started Jun 28, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for Other)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (digestive disturbances)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: I only take this med as an oral taper after receiving IV solu-medrol. I don't always ask for a taper following IV treatment.
Cost: $50-99 monthly
Side effects: digestive disturbances

Feb 9, 2009 (Started Jun 28, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Other)
  • Side effects
    Severe (digestive disturbances)
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: Use only what you need to bring you down from the massive steroid amount received from your infusion. I've found that the quicker I can rid myself of all of the steroids, including the oral taper, the quicker I am on to recovery from the exacerbation.
Cost: $50-99 monthly
Side effects: digestive disturbances

Sep 7, 2008 (Started Jun 28, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Other)
  • Side effects
    Severe (digestive disturbances)
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: I feel that this medication is good to have available when tapering off of steroids following a regimen of IV solu-medrol. However I find personally that the sooner I can COMPLETELY rid myself of all steroids, the quicker I recover, & the better off I am overall. I like to have the oral Prednisone taper available following infusion as a "safety net" if I need it. Most often I use it for 2 to 3 days. Then I discontinue using it when I feel that my body's no longer craving the high dose of steroid that solu-medrol provides. I have no doubt that using an oral Prednisone taper is highly subjective & individually exclusive in terms of effectiveness to each patient.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: digestive disturbances

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May 15, 2009 (Started May 08, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Other)
  • Side effects
    Mild (makes me very edgy, roid rage effects (steroids), increased appetite, acne breakout, dry mouth, weight gain)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 60 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Stick with it it helps!
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: increased appetite, roid rage effects (steroids), makes me very edgy, weight gain, dry mouth, acne breakout

  • 2 helpful marks

Mar 5, 2009 (Started Feb 27, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Other)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for relapse MS (exacerbation))
  • Side effects
    Mild (increased appetite, weight gain)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg All the time (24/7)
Advice & Tips: Normally when I get put on a prednisone taper- I feel like super woman- I have more energy than one person can contain (Last time I literally tore my closet down TWICE). This time I did not have that super burst of energy (I sure could have used it)- I was exactly the opposite, I was very lethargic and slept almost 2 full days only getting up to use the restroom and eat (thats the other down side to prednisone, you are hungrier than you have ever been in your entire life- or thats how I feel- I just cant get enough to eat)
Side effects: weight gain, increased appetite

  • 1 helpful mark

May 25, 2010 (Started Apr 26, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Mild (tachycardia (fast heart rate))
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 60 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: increase in energy level; burning and pain in feet stopped; numbness in left leg stopped; after decreasing dose ended symptoms are beginning to come back
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: tachycardia (fast heart rate)

  • 0 helpful marks

May 10, 1994 (Started Apr 19, 1993)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for nephrotic syndrome)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (bald patch (alopecia), irregular menstrual periods)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 60 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I believe it is taking the Prednisone from age 3 years 'til I was in 7th grade, that has caused my patch of baldness with my hair. I also believe it is why I have hair growing on my upper lip and chin.
Side effects: hair on upper lip and chin, bald patch (alopecia), irregular menstrual periods

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Feb 18, 2011 (Started Jul 01, 1994)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for transplant rejection prevention)
  • Side effects
    Mild (skin sensitivity)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 30 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: yes, acne and weight gain are a problem but not as much so as skin and bone issues. see a dermatologist and have bone density tests regularly and wear sunscreen always.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: skin sensitivity

Mar 29, 2010 (Started Jul 01, 1994)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for transplant rejection prevention)
  • Side effects
    Mild (skin sensitivity)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 5 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Some worry about the hair growth, weight gain, etc. I needed to gain a few pounds around the time of my transplant but since I got a kidney from my brother I was not on prednisone right away. It wasn't until 4 1/2 years later, when they thought I was having a rejection (I was not) that they put me on it. The dose was quite high at first and I did put on about 30 pounds but for many years now I have been on 5mg per day and have lost most of the weight I gained. Certainly weight gain is a side effect of prednisone along with hair growth, night sweats (never had that one), nightmares (had a few of those) but they are nothing compared to the bone loss from long term use. I have been on pred for over 15 years and have been experiencing a decrease in bone density. I was on actonel for a couple years but it really upset my stomach and since it seemed my bone loss has not gotten worse for the past couple years, I have discontinued the actonel. I will be hitting menopause any year so I'm sure I will be doing something to keep those bones strong. fortunately there are new treatments available and I am hoping for an easier time with it. Another possible side effect is high blood pressure. I have been fortunate not to have this one either but patients do need to keep tabs of it especially on prednisone.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: skin sensitivity

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Dec 5, 1999 (Started Feb 05, 1997)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for systemic lupus erythematosus)
  • Side effects
    Moderate
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 5 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I used predisone b/c I was positive for anti heart block. I used it for my last 2 pregnancies. My children were both born healthy. It deteriorated my bone density but was worth it.

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Jun 16, 2010 (Started Jun 30, 2000)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for asthma)
  • Side effects
    Mild (heart palpitations)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 60 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Due to bariatric bypass weight loss surgery on Dec 22, 2010, I am no longer allowed to use this medication except in extreme emergency as it is likely to cause ulcers in my new stomach.

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Sep 7, 2012 (Started Aug 15, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for systemic lupus erythematosus)
  • Side effects
    Mild (nausea, constipation)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Aug 24, 2012 (Started Aug 15, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for systemic lupus erythematosus)
  • Side effects
    Mild (constipation)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I started taking 1 pill in the morning and 1 in the evening for 7days. then 1 pill a day until I see my PCP, on day 15 and feeling very nauseated and in alot of pain.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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Jul 1, 2015 (Started Sep 06, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis)
  • Side effects
    Moderate
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take

  • 0 helpful marks
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