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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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Could prednisone make you have insomnia ?

Could prednisone make you have insomnia ?

Absolutely.: Retire & rise same time each day. Keep bedroom dark & cool & use only for sex & sleep. Turn off tv. No naps. Exercise regularly but not in late evening. No caffeine for 6 hrs & no alcohol or tobacco w/i 2 hrs of sleep. Keep dinner moderate sized & finish at least 2 to 3 hrs before sleep. Can try warm milk, Chamomile tea or melatonin along w light reading, warm bath or lavender scent. ...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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How can I control the insomnia while taking prednisone? I have only slept 3 hours total in 3 days. My body is exhausted but I can't sleep at all. Than

How can I control the insomnia while taking prednisone? I have only slept 3 hours total in 3 days. My body is exhausted but I can't sleep at all. Than

Discuss w/ Dr: Even i this is short-term, get help so the benefits of this powerful drug will be gained. If longer-term - you definitely need an alternative or a solution. Self-Hypnosis might work - diet choices and oter behavioral ideas for bringing on sleep may help (lots of online advice - even here on HT). Talk to your Dr! ...Read more

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Does taking prednisone eye drops have the same side effects like po prednisone? (Weight gain, blood sugar increase, insomnia, and irritability.)

Does taking prednisone eye drops have the same side effects like po prednisone? (Weight gain, blood sugar increase, insomnia, and irritability.)

Not likely: Normal eyedrop doses would result in vanishingly small doses of prednisone absorbed into the blood stream. They are not the source of the side effects you describe. ...Read more

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My doctor has perscibed me to take this prednisone 4mg pac . The problem for me is, the two pills at bedtime. I cannot sleep. Is bedtime dose necessa?

My doctor has perscibed me to take this prednisone 4mg pac . The problem for me is, the two pills at bedtime.  I cannot sleep. Is bedtime dose necessa?

CHANGE THE TIMING: Take all your medications as prescribed by your physician but you may try to change the timing. Also speak to your physician about this as well. Prednisone can have an effect on your sleep so this is not uncommon. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Insomnia (Definition)

Insomnia is a sleep disorder in which you cannot fall or stay asleep. It usually accompanies another sleep, medical, or psychiatric disorder, and can lead to memory impairment, mood changes, and increased risk of ...Read more


Dr. John Feola
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Liquid Pred (Definition)

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