What is Prednisone?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Prednisone Intensol Rayos Deltasone 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 21112 412
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease 2381 97
Asthma 1984 197
Myasthenia gravis 581 41
Mixed connective tissue disease 473 45

Show all 544 reasons taken


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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 441
Moderate 659
Mild 479
None 394

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Prednisone

Side effect Patients Percentage
Weight gain 469
Increased appetite 116
Insomnia 86
Mood swings 77
Moon face 66
Facial swelling/puffiness 59

Show all 446 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Prednisone

Dosage Patients Percentage
5 mg daily 35
10 mg daily 27
20 mg daily 13
15 mg daily 9
40 mg daily 5
2 mg daily 4
2.5 mg daily 4
50 mg daily 4
4 mg daily 3
10 mg every other day 3

See all 48 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Prednisone

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Reason Patients Percentage
Course of treatment ended 1238
Doctor's advice 527
Side effects too severe 396
Did not seem to work 171
Other 153
Personal research 47
Change in health plan coverage 13
Expense 7
See all 2034 patients who've stopped taking Prednisone

Duration

Currently taking Prednisone

Duration Patients Percentage
1 - 6 months 10
6 months - 1 year 7
1 - 2 years 14
2 - 5 years 47
5 - 10 years 56
10 years or more 29

Stopped taking Prednisone

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 837
1 - 6 months 399
6 months - 1 year 195
1 - 2 years 165
2 - 5 years 171
5 - 10 years 87
10 years or more 112
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 1687
Usually 139
Sometimes 64
Never taken as prescribed 83
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 131
Somewhat hard to take 194
A little hard to take 307
Not at all hard to take 1341
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 9
$100-199 8
$50-99 19
$25-49 61
< $25 1014
Not specified 862

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Prednisone after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Hydroxychloroquine (Plaquenil) 26
Methotrexate (Apo-Methotrexate) 16
Methylprednisolone (Solu-Medrol Infusion) 15
Azathioprine (Imuran) 7
Dexamethasone (Decadron) 6

Show all 48 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Prednisone and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Hydroxychloroquine (Plaquenil) 57
Methotrexate (Apo-Methotrexate) 38
Azathioprine (Imuran) 22
Methylprednisolone (Solu-Medrol Infusion) 18
Mycophenolate mofetil (CellCept) 17

Show all 74 treatments patients report switching to

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116 patient evaluations for Prednisone

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

  • 0 helpful marks

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

  • 0 helpful marks

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

  • 0 helpful marks
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