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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 does prednisone make you tired?

Why does prednisone make you tired?

Generally not: If anything it can make you feel more energetic. ...Read more

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I feel very tired all the time. I am taking 5mg prednisone daily plus 2x seretide 500. Is tiredness a side effect?

I feel very tired all the time. I am taking 5mg prednisone daily plus 2x seretide 500.  Is tiredness a side effect?

Not likely . . .: Seretide is sold in states as serevent (salmeterol), which along w/prednisone, suggests that you have either COPD or asthma. Feeling tired all the time isn't really a side effect of these meds (if anything, it's opposite effect of what's experienced w/prednisone). Therefore you need to go see your family doc (or who prescribed these meds) and tell him/her what you wrote. Perhaps not enough o2. ...Read more

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Why does prednisone cause excessive urination and sugar craving and excess tiredness? I get this every time I take it. Anyway to curb sx?

Why does prednisone cause excessive urination and sugar craving and excess tiredness?  I get this every time I take it.  Anyway to curb sx?

Different Steroid: Steroids influence many of your bodies functions strongly and broadly. If you are having consistent problems with side effects from the prednisone. Talk to your doctor about other options when you require treatment with steroids. ...Read more

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Can prednisone make you tired?

Can prednisone make you tired?

Yes, but...: Different people have different reactions to prednisone. Prednisone can make a person tired, fussy, excited, irritable, etc... However, many illnesses can make a person tired, so one cannot simply blame tiredness on the Prednisone (the doctor can consider the various causes of the tiredness). ...Read more

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Can coming off prednisone make you tired and weak? Been tapering for 2 weeks. Last dose was Tuesday 5 mg. How long should this last for?

Can coming off prednisone make you tired and weak? Been tapering for 2 weeks. Last dose was Tuesday 5 mg. How long should this last for?

Reevalution: Prednisone is used to treat a variety of conditions. Worsening fatigue as Prednisone is tapered may be a sign that the original condition being treated may be flaring. Ante-evaluation would be in order. ...Read more

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Can prednisone make a person tired?

Yes but why on pred: It depends why you are on prednisone. That may be the reason for your fati gue. Prednisone can interfere with quality sleep and this can cause fatigue. You can discuss your fatigue with your physician. Often daytime fatigue is due to poor quality of sleep and a sleep study may help. ...Read more

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Can prednisone cause someone to become extremely tired out of nowhere?

Yes, talk to doc: High-dose prednisone can cause many side effects. You may get hyper or very tired, euphoric or depressed. When it is stopped, you may feel even more tired. If you have been on prednisone for many months, your adrenal gland may stop working leading to a transient adrenal failure. Note also that the disease condition for which prednisone is prescribed may be be a factor. Call your doc. ...Read more

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I feel tired and sad all the time since my diagnosis. Can mtx and prednisone make you feel this way?

I feel tired and sad all the time since my diagnosis. Can mtx and prednisone make you feel this way?

Treatment effect: Yes. Steroids can affect yr psyche and mental well being. Discuss with your doctor. At age 23, you don't need those 2 meds in my opinion. They can have some serious long term effects. ...Read more

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My Dr. prescribed 20mg Prednisone for bursitis but I'm also noticing body as a whole improvement. No fatigue and suspect it is benefiting adrenals. ?

My Dr. prescribed 20mg Prednisone for bursitis but I'm also noticing body as a whole improvement. No fatigue and suspect it is benefiting adrenals. ?

Prednisone feel good: 52 M with HTN notes: My Dr. prescribed 20mg Prednisone for bursitis but I'm also noticing body as a whole improvement. No fatigue and suspect it is benefiting adrenals. ? ANS: No it is increasing your blood levels of cortisol like steroids. A major "side effect" is that it may increase good mood. Can also increase BP, blood sugar, and do many other bad things. But for short time should be OK. ...Read more

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Prescribed Prednisone & Valtrex (valacyclovir) for Shingles.Shgles, so far, seems ro be mild, but Prednisone (10 mg,1st dose this morning) has made me tired.Normal?

PREDNISONE TIRED?: SOMEHOW, I BELIEVE IT MAY BE THE SHINGLES THAT IS MAKING YOU TIRED! CHECK WITH THE DOCTOR WHO IS TREATING YOU. BEST LUCK . . . ...Read more

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Steroids like prednisone. Can it help with severe chronic fatigue ?

Steroids like prednisone. Can it help with severe chronic fatigue ?

Not generally: Unless you are suffering from addison's disease i would not expect it to. You need to have appropriate lab work like acth and cortisol levels at a minimum which would help in diagnosing your condition. These drugs have severe consequences if used improperly. You need to see a physician. ...Read more

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Is it okay to stop taking prednisone after a dose of 40 mg daily for ten days without tapering, I have fatigue and tinnitus.

Is it okay to stop taking prednisone after a dose of 40 mg daily for ten days without tapering, I have fatigue and tinnitus.

Yes it probly is.: You are very unlikely to develop adrenal insufficency after ten days of taking steroids and from that standpoint you can stop them without tapering. Depending on what the reason was for the steroids to be prescribed in the first place, you may need to taper them however. ...Read more

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Non-fasting blood sugar was 162. Had been on prednisone. Could high blood sugar make someone feel tired a lot? Am not diabetic (yet?)

Non-fasting blood sugar was 162. Had been on prednisone. Could high blood sugar make someone feel tired a lot? Am not diabetic (yet?)

Not the right test: You need to have blood glucose tested after an 8 hour fast. Alternatively you could get an A1c test and either would be more useful in deciding the diagnosis of diabetes. Your tiredness is more likely due to the issue for which you are taking prednisone. ...Read more

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Using plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) 200 mg twice a day and prednisone 5 mg daily. For rheumatoid im stiff and achy again. Will i need more meds my fatigue is bad too.

Using plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) 200 mg twice a day and prednisone 5 mg daily. For rheumatoid im stiff and achy again. Will i need more meds my fatigue is bad too.

Yes: If you have swelling or dynovitis you will require something stronger than plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine). The Prednisone should also be tapered. If this cannot be done without increased disease problems you will require stronger medication. ...Read more

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Dizziness,vision blurriness, & confusion that lasts hours or days on/off x 3 yrs.Prednisone clears up sx. MD wants EEG.Worth it?Tired of useless tests

Dizziness,vision blurriness, & confusion that lasts hours or days on/off x 3 yrs.Prednisone clears up sx. MD wants EEG.Worth it?Tired of useless tests

Yes: These symptoms sound like central (brain) disorder. The EEG may give important information. The fact that prednisone helped may indicate an inflammatory disorder. See a neurologist. The fact that the symptoms have been present for 3 years strongly indicates that you should have an MRI of the brain. All these symptoms for such a long time really needs a neurological diagnosis ASAP. ...Read more

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