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Does Prednisone Make You Hungry
Am on prednisone and insulin. Gained a lot if weight. Cannot take appetite reducers. Tried dieting, but too hungry. What can cut appetite naturall?
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
After 4 days. I stopped prednisone 5mg. And for the past 3days I haven't been hungry or been able to sleep since. Is it a side effect?
Not diagnosed with diabetes yet, but can diabetes make you consistently fatigued & really hungry? Like, post-prednisone hungery!?!
Stress hormone: Your body makes a stress hormone very similar to Prednisone every day. A short course (5-7days) is often used to assist your hormone response as an anti-inflammatory to avoid prolonged symptoms. Prolonged use can suppress the immune system & should be avoided. Antihistamines can be beneficial if the issue is histamine based but will replicate all the benefits of the steroid. ...Read more
Yes and no: There are always side effects that need to be monitored. It is a valuable medication and has saved and kept alive many people. A lot of its toxicity is due to long term use. Your physician will guide you as to the side effects and how you should approach them and how to prevent the side effects. ...Read more
Expired meds: It depends a lot on how long ago it expired. The expiry dates of medications are generally conservative figures chosen in order to work in worst-case scenarios. As long as the meds are not too terribly long out of date, were stored under recommended conditions and are not being used to treat critical or time-sensitive conditions, it is not unreasonable to try them. ...Read more
Short-acting drug: Prednisone itself has a half-life of about an hour, but it is converted in the body to prednisolone, which lasts about a day. Some people either lack or have lower activity of the enzyme that converts prednisone, and it is a less effective medication in those people. For that reason, some doctors prescribe methyprednisolone (medrol), which is more bioavailable, and also lasts about a day. ...Read more
Myasthenia gravis?: Myasthenia gravis can be treated with prednisone.There are several therapies available to help reduce and improve muscle weakness. Medications used to treat the disorder include anticholinesterase agents such as Neostigmine and pyridostigmine, which help improve neuromuscular transmission and increase strength. Immunosuppressive drugs such as cyclosporine, and azathioprine may be used. Surgery to. ...Read more
Deltasone (prednisone) Prednisone: Deltasone is a brand of prednisone. It is a corticosteroid which is much different than an anabolic or androgenic steroid. Taking Deltasone when you don't need it (and sometimes even if you do need it) can cause high blood pressure, diabetes, thin skin, obesity, cataracts, ulcers and many other problems. ...Read more
Time and diet: It will resolve with time and weight loss. ...Read more
Prednisone limits: Oral Prednisone is a steroid and while there is no set maximum duration, most doctors will try to limit its use to the lowest dose and the shortest duration needed. This will vary depending on the condition being treated and the patient's response. Longer duration and higher doses increase risk of side effects such as hypertension, stomach ulcers and osteoporosis to name a few. ...Read more
Ask Prescribing Doc: It's always better to speak to the prescribing physician about how to take your medications. Different meds can be taken in different ways depending on the reason they were prescribed for. A phone call to the doctor's office should suffice but feel free to ask them any other questions about the medications. ...Read more
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