What is Prednisone?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Deltasone Prednisone Intensol Rayos Show all

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Prednisone is a synthetic corticosteroid drug that decreases inflammation and suppresses the immune system. It is used for many purposes including relapses in MS, for rheumatic disorders, neoplasms, and collagen diseases. Prednisone is activated by the liver into prednisolone.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Systemic lupus erythematosus 1302 399
Asthma 371 198
Rheumatoid arthritis 299 144
Multiple sclerosis 269 151
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease 152 92

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  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 430
Moderate 647
Mild 468
None 383

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Prednisone

Side effect Patients Percentage
Weight gain 460
Increased appetite 110
Insomnia 83
Mood swings 76
Moon face 66
Facial swelling/puffiness 58

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Prednisone

Dosage Patients Percentage
5 mg daily 61
10 mg daily 49
20 mg daily 26
40 mg daily 16
15 mg daily 14
5 mg/5 mL daily 9
30 mg daily 8
60 mg daily 8
2.5 mg daily 7
5 mg twice daily 7

See all 64 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Prednisone

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Reason Patients Percentage
Course of treatment ended 1189
Doctor's advice 505
Side effects too severe 374
Did not seem to work 163
Other 145
Personal research 45
Change in health plan coverage 13
Expense 7
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Duration

Currently taking Prednisone

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 4
1 - 6 months 12
6 months - 1 year 18
1 - 2 years 45
2 - 5 years 77
5 - 10 years 89
10 years or more 65

Stopped taking Prednisone

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 838
1 - 6 months 398
6 months - 1 year 195
1 - 2 years 162
2 - 5 years 168
5 - 10 years 85
10 years or more 110
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 1653
Usually 131
Sometimes 62
Never taken as prescribed 82
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 127
Somewhat hard to take 187
A little hard to take 301
Not at all hard to take 1313
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 7
$100-199 9
$50-99 19
$25-49 61
< $25 996
Not specified 836

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Prednisone after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Hydroxychloroquine (Plaquenil) 19
Methylprednisolone (Solu-Medrol Infusion) 14
Methotrexate (Trexall) 13
Azathioprine (Imuran) 7
Hydrocortisone (Cortef) 6

Show all 42 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Prednisone and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Hydroxychloroquine (Plaquenil) 32
Methotrexate (Trexall) 22
Methylprednisolone (Solu-Medrol Infusion) 13
Mycophenolate mofetil (CellCept) 11
Azathioprine (Imuran) 8

Show all 57 treatments patients report switching to

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115 patient evaluations for Prednisone

Nov 17, 2018 (Started Oct 15, 2018)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Bell's palsy)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for difficulty eating)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for facial pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for facial paralysis)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for nerve pain (neuralgia))
  • Side effects
    Mild (bad taste in mouth)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 5 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Oct 24, 2018 (Started Oct 15, 2018)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Bell's palsy)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for facial pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for facial paralysis)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (bad taste in mouth)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 5 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

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Aug 24, 2017 (Started Dec 15, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for bronchospasm)
  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for asthma)
  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for influenza (the "flu"))
  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for pneumonia)
  • Side effects
    Mild (fluid retention (edema))
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: Currently I just take 20 mg the day before and after my IVIG. I receive 40 mg the day of the infusion as premedication.

Dec 19, 2015 (Started Dec 15, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for pneumonia)
  • Side effects
    Mild (fluid retention (edema))
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 20 mg Daily

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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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