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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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Why is prednisone prescribed for pharyngitis. got 10mg, 2x's 4 days. should I worry about cortisol, or anxiety side effects?

Why is prednisone prescribed for pharyngitis. got 10mg, 2x's 4 days. should I worry about cortisol, or anxiety side effects?

No need but harmless: Such treatment is controversial. Prednisons is commonly prescribed by some physicians but with no solid scientific data that it helps. However, in this dose and duration, it is harmless, without anxiety or any other significant side effects. ...Read more

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I just got off a prednisone taper 5 days for asthma. I have had increased anxiety during the week is this fairly common with a prednisone dose?

I just got off a prednisone taper 5 days for asthma. I have had increased anxiety during the week is this fairly common with a prednisone dose?

Emotional response: It is not super rare to have an emotional response to prednisone and anxiety is possible. If due to medication, however, this should resolve soon after stopping the drug. ...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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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. Alan Ali
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Feeling Anxious (Definition)

different subjective and objective symptoms of anxiety. The ones usually first encountered are: rapid heart beats, increased breathing, hypervigilance, and rapid thinking. For a complete list and a thorough understanding of the how's and why's ...Read more