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Dr. Ziad Akl Dr. Akl
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
27 years in practice
St Joseph's University Faculty of Medicine
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What is the definition or description of: moon face?

What is the definition or description of: moon face?

Moon Facies: It is a full face caused by intake of corticosteroids (cortisone) or by increased production of cortisone by the body. See the picture.

Dr. Lois Freisleben-Cook
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Dr. Ayisha Gani Dr. Gani
Internal Medicine
years in practice
Madurai University, Tirunelveli Medical College
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Is it possible to have cushings without any other symptoms other than moon face?

Is it possible to have cushings without any other symptoms other than moon face?

Cushings syndrome: Moon face is one of the very common symptom of the Cushings syndrome, but not the only symptoms. The diagnosis is made with symptom complex and laboratory abnormalities in the right clinical setting. Moon face could be mimicked with facial edema and sinus problems also.

Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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Dr. Quang Nguyen Dr. Nguyen
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
years in practice
Midwestern University Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine
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Does cushing's syndrome and the moon face disappear after you stop taking the medication that caused it?

Does cushing's syndrome and the moon face disappear after you stop taking the medication that caused it?

Yes: Cushing's syndrome by definition is high level of cortisol in the body. If the cause was taking too much cortisol and you successfully weaned off of it, then you no longer have cushing's syndrome. Moon face could also resolve but this takes a lot longer.

Dr. Donald Colantino Dr. Colantino
Internal Medicine
57 years in practice
Tufts University School of Medicine
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Dr. William Culviner Dr. Culviner
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
26 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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Can nasonex (mometasone) cause moon face?

Can nasonex (mometasone) cause moon face?

Nasal steroid: No, the Nasonex (mometasone) should not cause this. Many longterm studies on intranasal steroids have not documented any systemic sequelae. The main side effects are nasal irritation, epistaxis, and other local issues.

Dr. Thomas Namey Dr. Namey
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
44 years in practice
Washington University School of Medicine
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There any way I can avoid the "moon face" from steroids?

There any way I can avoid the "moon face" from steroids?

Several ways!: First, the chances of getting this "moon face" is proportional to dose and duration of therapy. Part of the puzzle as why people put on facial and torso weight, is because of the Insulin resistance that occurs with prednisone. Go low carb while on it. Ask your doctor about the length and duration of rx. Always take the Prednisone in the morning. Side effects are lowered.

Dr. Jan Lei Iwata Dr. Iwata
Ophthalmology
22 years in practice
Midwestern University Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine
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Could the moon face due to cushings disappear temporarily for a month after abortion and then come back? Is dat possible?

Could the moon face due to cushings disappear temporarily for a month after abortion and then come back? Is dat possible?

See doctor: Moon face's has to usually do with long time steroid use, or medical condition involving cushing's syndrome. In either case, there's usually a high cortisol/ steroids being produced by the body that causes swelling of the face, and body too, as does pregnancy from increased hormones. So, it's possible to experience weight loss after abortion from hormone loss that may appear to be from your condition. In either case it's time to see your doctor to discuss this.

Dr. Edgar Mendizabal Dr. Mendizabal
Internal Medicine
51 years in practice
Greater Bolivian University of San Andres
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Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge Dr. Rutledge
Internal Medicine
37 years in practice
McGill University Faculty of Medicine
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How do steroids cause moon face? How do they cause fat just in certain parts of the body? And if we know how they do it, isn’t there some way to stop it?

How do steroids cause moon face? How do they cause fat just in certain parts of the body? And if we know how they do it, isn’t there some way to stop it?

Redistribution: Redistribution of fat in the face is a common side effect of long term steroid therapy. There is no definitive answer as to why this occurs. Some people report that once they are off the streroids that the "moon face" side effect eventually resolves back to normal, however this can take months. Others have had to consult a doctor for other cosmetic solutions.

Dr. Charles Turck Dr. Turck
Pharmacology
13 years in practice
Midwestern University Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine
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How to get the "moon face" when using prednisone?

How to get the "moon face" when using prednisone?

Taking long periods: Long-term use of steroids such as prednisone alter the way fat is used by the body, which may lead it to unevenly distribute the fat in places like the face and shoulders, leading to side effects like the “moon face” and “buffalo hump”.

Dr. Pierre Moeser Dr. Moeser
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
years in practice
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Does cushing's syndrome and moon face disappear after u stop taking steroid?

Does cushing's syndrome and moon face disappear after u stop taking steroid?

If truly secondary: If the cushing's is secondary to taking the steroids, then the symptoms will lessen once the steroids are stopped. It may take some time for the moon face to disappear.

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Dr. Quang Nguyen Dr. Nguyen
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
years in practice
Midwestern University Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine
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I've always had a moon face. But after my abortion, my face changed & looked thin & feminine. Would I have cushing's? I'm not fat, but have a moon face.

I've always had a moon face. But after my abortion, my face changed & looked thin & feminine. Would I have cushing's? I'm not fat, but have a moon face.

Get check: See your doctor to get a blood draw. If your cortisol is normal, then you most likely don't have cushing. Just because you have moon face doesn't mean you have cushing. A abortion will not cause or suppress cushing.

Dr. Ronald Krauser Dr. Krauser
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
48 years in practice
Wake Forest University School of Medicine
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4 weeks on prednisone can cause moon face?

4 weeks on prednisone can cause moon face?

Possibly: It depends on the dosage used. The higher the dose, the more likely to see side effects.

Dr. Carlos Kier Dr. Kier
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
47 years in practice
University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
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Will a 4 week course of prednisone cause moon face?

Will a 4 week course of prednisone cause moon face?

Possibly: It would depend entirely on the daily dose of prednisone. With high doses of Prednisone facial changes could occur within one month. Some patients are more sensitive to this this effect than others and are more likely to manifest this effect.

Dr. Barbara Stark Baxter Dr. Baxter
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
38 years in practice
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
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Will a four week course of prednisone cause me a moon face?

Will a four week course of prednisone cause me a moon face?

Varies widely: It depends on how high a dose of Prednisone you are taking and on your ability to metabolize the medication. People vary widely in how soon they get a moon face and how easy it is for it to resolve, but if it does occur, it is reversible when the Prednisone is discontinued. Http://www. Healingwell. Com/community/default. Aspx? F=29&m=826537 here are some patient experiences showing the variability.

Dr. Steven Machtinger Dr. Machtinger
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
40 years in practice
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
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How long does moon face for corticosteroid use go away, at what dosage?

How long does moon face for corticosteroid use go away, at what dosage?

A few months: Your body makes the equivalent of 12 mg of Prednisone daily. Once the amount of Prednisone you are taking is less than that, say 10 mg, your moon facies should begin to resolve. It should go away faster if you are completely weaned off Prednisone as opposed to remaining on a low dose. Figure 3-12 months depending on individual variation but it will happen.

Dr. Dan Fisher Dr. Fisher
Internal Medicine
23 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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At what dosage does the moon face caused by prednisone subside? I'm on 10mg.

At what dosage does the moon face caused by prednisone subside? I'm on 10mg.

Moon face: Generally the moon face is related to dose over time not just to dose alone. You are at a dose that should allow the face to resolve, but it may take months.

Dr. Tracy Lovell Dr. Lovell
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
17 years in practice
Medical College of Georgia School of Medicine
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Dr. Michael Perez Dr. Perez
Internal Medicine
33 years in practice
Universidad Central del Caribe School of Medicine
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Do I necessarily have to be off prednisone for my moon face to disappear or can I be on a low dosage?

Do I necessarily have to be off prednisone for my moon face to disappear or can I be on a low dosage?

Maybe: I will assume that you have the option of decreasing the dose of prednisone or discontinuing it altogether. The answer is yes the moon face may go away with a reduction in the dose. Definitely, the appearance will return to normal if the medication is stopped altogether.

Moon Face (Definition)

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