What is Prednisone?

Category: Prescription Drugs

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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 1,187 370
Asthma 373 195
Rheumatoid arthritis 275 134
Multiple sclerosis 268 149
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease 152 89

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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
Severe
422
Moderate
619
Mild
458
None
351

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Prednisone

Side effect Patients
Weight gain 433
Increased appetite 107
Insomnia 79
Mood swings 68
Moon face 63
Insomnia 55

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Prednisone

Dosage Patients
5 mg daily 97
10 mg daily 81
20 mg daily 41
15 mg daily 23
40 mg daily 19
30 mg daily 14
10 mg twice daily 13
20 mg twice daily 12
25 mg daily 10
60 mg daily 10

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Why patients stopped taking Prednisone

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Reason Patients
Course of treatment ended 1164
Doctor's advice 474
Side effects too severe 353
Did not seem to work 150
Other 136
Personal research 44
Change in health plan coverage 11
Expense 7
See all 1874 patients who've stopped taking Prednisone

Duration

Currently taking Prednisone

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 6
1 - 6 months 35
6 months - 1 year 43
1 - 2 years 72
2 - 5 years 132
5 - 10 years 116
10 years or more 95

Stopped taking Prednisone

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 823
1 - 6 months 387
6 months - 1 year 178
1 - 2 years 153
2 - 5 years 158
5 - 10 years 82
10 years or more 97
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 1590
Usually 124
Sometimes 60
Never taken as prescribed 76
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 121
Somewhat hard to take 184
A little hard to take 296
Not at all hard to take 1249
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 7
$100-199 8
$50-99 26
$25-49 55
< $25 947
Not specified 807

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Prednisone after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Hydroxychloroquine (Plaquenil) 17
Methotrexate (Apo-Methotrexate) 13
Methylprednisolone (Solu-Medrol Infusion) 10
Hydrocortisone (Cortef) 6
Azathioprine (Imuran) 5

Show all 37 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Prednisone and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Hydroxychloroquine (Plaquenil) 31
Methotrexate (Apo-Methotrexate) 19
Methylprednisolone (Solu-Medrol Infusion) 14
Mycophenolate mofetil (CellCept) 10
Azathioprine (Imuran) 7

Show all 53 treatments patients report switching to

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120 patient evaluations for Prednisone

Aug 24, 2017 (Started Dec 15, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for pneumonia)
  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for influenza (the "flu"))
  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for asthma)
  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for bronchospasm)
  • Side effects
    Mild (edema (fluid retention))
  • 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 (edema (fluid retention))
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 20 mg Daily

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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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Apr 6, 2017 (Started Jan 24, 2017)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for undifferentiated inflammatory arthritis)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for inflammation)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for hypermobility syndrome)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for fibromyalgia)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (unrefreshing or poor sleep, manic behaviors)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 10 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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