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Doctor insights on: How To Counteract Prednisone Weight Gain

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Is there anything I can do at home to counteract the weight gain associated with prednisone?

Is there anything I can do at home to counteract the weight gain associated with prednisone?

Not really: Seek alternative healing mdalities to help your problem. Once your condition is controlled or completely relieved you will be able to be weaned off the cortisone. You need the advise and guidance of a doctor comfortable with both conventional and alternative medicine for your ailment. American association for integrative holistic medicine is a good source for that. ...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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Being treated for ulcerative colitis w. 40mg prednisone for 6 wks. Beneficial & safe to use phentermine alongside to counteract weight gain?

Being treated for ulcerative colitis w. 40mg prednisone for 6 wks. Beneficial & safe to use phentermine alongside to counteract weight gain?

Not suggested: The side effect profile of phentermine matches some of the side effect profile of the steroid and therefore I would not suggest taking them concomitantly. Specifically, cardiovascular, gi and neuropsychiatric systems would be affected. Once you are switched to maintenance therapy Phentermine will be safer. ...Read more

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Is weight gain a guarantee on prednisone?

Is weight gain a guarantee on prednisone?

No real guarantees: When it comes to adverse reactions. Weight gain on prednisone will depend on your dose and how long you need to take the medication. Many short courses of prednisone like you see with severe poison ivy or an acute flare of gout lead to no appreciable weight gain. ...Read more

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Is there any way to avoid weight gain with prednisone?

Is there any way to avoid weight gain with  prednisone?

Willpower: Prednisone is an appetite stimulant. Watch what you eat -- it will sneak up on you! the drug does also cause some water retention, that part can't be avoided. ...Read more

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Will I gain a lot of weight if I take steroids like prednisone; i'm really afraid of weight gain?

Will I gain a lot of weight if I take steroids like prednisone; i'm really afraid of weight gain?

Depends : It depends on much steroid you take and for how long. Even high doses taken for short periods produce less weight gain than more modest doses taken over a long time. If you do gain weight, some of to is due to the steroid itself (not your fault) but some it can be due to increased hunger and eating (in your control). ...Read more

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I'll be on oral prednisone for 12 days for an MS relapse. Is there anything i can do to control the weight gain side effect?

YES: First, recognize the need to keep low salt intake, with some supplementation of potassium. Second, fluid retention mostly "water weight", and a mild diuretic such as hydrochlorothiazide is useful. Third, if you take all your dose once daily, side effects may be lower, and med still works fine. Am i missing something? You do not list a specific ms drug! if no dmt on board, get this started. ...Read more

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Can weight gain from prednisone (20lbs) cause an increase in creatinine and bun? Have had increasing labs past 3 months. Been on pred 6mo. Almost off

Can weight gain from prednisone (20lbs) cause an increase in creatinine and bun?  Have had increasing labs past 3 months. Been on pred 6mo. Almost off

Unlikely: Prednisone may cause a negative nitrogen balance due to protein catabolism and, therefore, may cause a rise in bun. It may also cause sodium and fluid retention and potassium loss. However, I am unaware of any effects of corticosteroids on serum creatinine or glomerular filtration rate per se. If you do have sle, it is possible that you may have renal involvement. ...Read more

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Prednisone eye drops cause weight gain?

Prednisone eye drops cause weight gain?

NO: There is insignificant absorption of the active drug. It should not cause weight gain unless you are using twenty drops a day. ...Read more

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Does kenalog (triamcinolone) prednisone injection cause weight gain?

Does kenalog (triamcinolone) prednisone injection cause weight gain?

Dose & Frequency: The use of kenalog injections is common for a wide variety of maladies. It is quite unlikely to cause weight gain in the usual way it is given. However, if the dose is very large and it is given frequently, side effects may occur. However, oral dosing of kenalog (triamcinolone acetonide) can cause weight gain among other side effect that go along with corticosteroid use. ...Read more

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Is there anyway to help reduce the amount of weight gain and water retention while taking prednisone? I will be on it for a week or so for a MS flair

Is there anyway to help reduce the amount of weight gain and water retention while taking prednisone? I will be on it for a week or so for a MS flair

Not too concerned: If the duration of just one week, the effect will usually not be noticeable. Beware that you may have a greater appetite from it and thus try to control your food intake and perhaps do more exercise. As for the sodium retention, it is not an issue for most people but restricting your salt intake and increasing potassium intake may occasionally be required. ...Read more

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Serum Creatinine level 2.56 to 1.59 in 2 weeks after starting on prednisone and discontinuing benicar (olmesartan). Is this artificial due to 10% weight gain?

Serum Creatinine level 2.56 to 1.59 in 2 weeks after starting on prednisone and discontinuing benicar (olmesartan).  Is this artificial due to 10% weight gain?

No: Creatinine is muscle breakdown product that is excreted through kidneys. It is affected by muscle mass or renal function decline but weight gain does not affect it. Dehydration OR Hydration can make BUN go up or down but creatinine stays the same. Therefore both the numbers are important to make right assessment. ...Read more

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Prescribed 100mg of Prednisone day1 to taper off by 20mg until day6. Is this safe, and considered long term use? Afraid of bad side effects like weight gain, muscle loss,diabetes,etc.

Prescribed 100mg of Prednisone day1 to taper off by 20mg until day6. Is this safe, and considered long term use? Afraid of bad side effects like weight gain, muscle loss,diabetes,etc.

OK: 6 days is not considered long-term and you should experience none of the long-term side effects that we worry about. You may have some of the short-term side effects - hungry, happy, hyper (some people it's more like hungry, angry, jittery). ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Rothman
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Weight Gain (Definition)

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Liquid Pred (Definition)

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