38 patient evaluations for Prednisone with a side effects rating of Moderate

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Jun 11, 2020 (Started Jun 09, 2020)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for arthritis pain in knees)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (increased appetite, headaches, insomnia)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Four times daily
Advice & Tips: The dosage changes every few days, tapering from 40 mg qd to 10 mg qd. I have it written in my calendar and I check off each day as I finish it.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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Apr 6, 2017 (Started Jan 24, 2017)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for fibromyalgia)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for hypermobility syndrome)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for inflammation)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for undifferentiated inflammatory arthritis)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (manic behaviors, unrefreshing or poor sleep)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 20 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: If you are diabetic, I suggest a Paleo diet or low carb, no sugar diet to off set the increase in glucose levels. Plus it helps with the inflammation and weight loss.

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Aug 15, 2016 (Started Jan 01, 1985)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Addison's disease)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for rheumatoid arthritis)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (diabetes type 2, weight gain, acute renal failure)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 5 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Prednisone has long (30 years worth) been my "nasty but necessary" treatment for my Rheumatoid Arthritis. It has caused me innumerable side effect problems, including 100lbs of weight gain, the dissolution of my previous marriage, Diabetes II, renal (kidney) failure, etc... Going off of it at various times has made me extremely ill, at least 3 times resulted in my hospitalization. For many years, this was the only RA treatment that functioned consistently and allowed me to continue living my life at least somewhat normally.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 1 helpful mark

Nov 22, 2014 (Started Aug 15, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (skin thinning, abdominal bloating)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 20 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I was tapering from Dexamethasone to no steroids.

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May 31, 2014 (Started Sep 06, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for gastrointestinal bleeding)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Crohn's disease)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Crohn's flare up)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (anxious mood, shaky hands, insomnia, hunger, weight gain, mood elevated or improved, feeling of heart pounding)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 60 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Expect weight gain and nervousness, for sure... probably insomnia too. Never go off of the medication without TAPERING the doseage down. Once you start tapering down and your flare-up has subsided, you can take more of the doseage in the morning than in the evening. In fact, once I get down to 40mg/day I take one 20mg tab as early in the morning as possible and then the other 20mg tab around noon. After a few days of this, I start sleeping better (though sometimes it is still hard to get to sleep). Taking melatonin or other herbal sleep remedies can help at night, as well. If I do happen to get tired during the day I take advantage of it and nap. The anxiousness just sort of comes with the territory. For me, it goes away once I'm down to about 20mg per day. It is bearable because I know the reason and I know that I'd rather be anxious than bleeding to death from Crohn's disease. :P I have noticed that this time my mood seems to be much better than usual. Even when I don't feel physically very good, I seem to have a positive mental outlook, which is super rare for me.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Sep 6, 2013 (Started Sep 06, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for gastrointestinal bleeding)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Crohn's disease)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Crohn's flare up)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (anxious mood, mood elevated or improved)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 60 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Nov 12, 2013 (Started Sep 11, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for rheumatoid arthritis)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (headaches, nausea, weight gain, tachycardia (fast heart rate))
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 7.5 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Mar 20, 2013 (Started Dec 22, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for polymyositis)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (weight gain, bruising of arms, facial swelling/puffiness, skin thinning)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 5 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Try to get by on the lowest dose possible !
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Apr 15, 2012 (Started Apr 01, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for rheumatoid arthritis)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for inflammation)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (moon face, weight gain)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Mar 23, 2012 (Started Feb 14, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for nausea)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Treat side effects of another treatment)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (nausea)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 20 mg Every other day

  • 0 helpful marks

Aug 3, 2011 (Started Mar 10, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for heart transplant)
  • Side effects
    Moderate
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 2.5 mg Every other day
Advice & Tips: This medicine will make you very fat in the face. And if you are on a high dose, you will be extremely hungry.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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