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Doctor insights on: Anxiety Relieved By Prednisone

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If I have anxiety due to prednisone would I be diagnosed as anxiety?

If I have anxiety due to prednisone would I be diagnosed as anxiety?

No: I would consider this anxiety secondary to or caused by a medication. Prednisone can cause anxiety as a side effect. Drug-induced anxiety does not meet criteria for having an anxiety disorder. Anxiety should disappear soon after stopping this med. Hope this helps. ...Read more

Dr. Thomas Namey
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Prednisone (Definition)

Prednisone is a synthetic cortisone. The body makes cortisone, a natural hormone made in adrenal glands. The body converts it to Hydrocortisone to become active. 25 mg of cortisone has about same effect as 5 mgm prednisone. The average person would produce 3-6 mg of pred daily. So why use a substitute? The synthetic has more anti-inflammatory effect; but has less effect ...Read more


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I have med anxiety. I just took prednisone for bronchitis(have taken b4 with no prob) but now i'm worried. Is it likely to cause an adverse reaction?

I have med anxiety. I just took prednisone for bronchitis(have taken b4 with no prob) but now i'm worried. Is it likely to cause an adverse reaction?

Anxiety: Many people have anxiety about medications, even ones they have previously taken. You are correct in your labeling the issue is not the medication. Many people take. The problem is your anxiety. Use ccognitive behavioral skills to fight it. Get assistance if you need to because your health is at stake. ...Read more

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What would you suggest for alleviating anxiety and insomnia due to prednisone? (do not like taking prescription sleep meds)

What would you suggest for alleviating anxiety and insomnia due to prednisone? (do not like taking prescription sleep meds)

Challenge: Typically i don't break up the dose through the day unless you are on more than 60 mg. Also i recommend avoiding excess caffeine and other stimulant medications while on the medication. It is hard because it is exogenous steroid. Try to take in the morning. Good luck. ...Read more

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I took 20mg of prednisone and my anxiety went through the roof. I'm on zoloft for anxiety. How long until it is out of my system. Before pred, no prob?

A day or two: The prednisone is cleared over the course of a couple of days (half-life about 3 hours). The undo anxiety should abate as the level decreases. It is often difficult to predict which patients will suffer this side effect, but most do to at least some extent. Pre-existing anxiety is certainly a risk factor. ...Read more

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Doctors had me on prednisone several times. I also switched birth control. Then i got anxiety, migraines, high bp. I stopped both and am getting better. What caused it and is it safe to use bc again?

Doctors had me on prednisone several times. I also switched birth control. Then i got anxiety, migraines, high bp. I stopped both and am getting better. What caused it and is it safe to use bc again?

Speak to doctor: Bc should be. Safe but there are pieces to this story missing. Speak to your doctor and let them know where you are in this process. They are the best ones to advise you. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Anxiety (Definition)

Anxiety is a general term for several disorders that cause nervousness, fear, apprehension, and worrying. These disorders affect how we feel and behave, and they can manifest real physical symptoms. Mild anxiety is vague and unsettling, while severe anxiety can be extremely debilitating, having a serious ...Read more


Dr. John Feola
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Liquid Pred (Definition)

Liquid Pred is a corticosteroid which is a kind of ...Read more