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Does prednisone itself cause weight gain or the increase in appitite only if you over eat ?

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Dr. Sandra Pinkham
Holistic Medicine

In brief: Both

Prednisone does cause an increase in appetite but it also alters metabolism resulting in a decrease in muscle and bone mass and increase in body fat.

In brief: Both

Prednisone does cause an increase in appetite but it also alters metabolism resulting in a decrease in muscle and bone mass and increase in body fat.
Dr. Sandra Pinkham
Dr. Sandra Pinkham
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Dr. Donald Colantino
Internal Medicine

In brief: Fluid

Prednisone causes fluid retention and some redistibution of fat tissue.
I believe the weight gain is due to fluid retention and the increase in appetite which is a side effect of prednisone. If you watch your calories you shouldn't gain new fat tissue.

In brief: Fluid

Prednisone causes fluid retention and some redistibution of fat tissue.
I believe the weight gain is due to fluid retention and the increase in appetite which is a side effect of prednisone. If you watch your calories you shouldn't gain new fat tissue.
Dr. Donald Colantino
Dr. Donald Colantino
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Dr. Binu Nair
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology

In brief: Both

It can cause both.

In brief: Both

It can cause both.
Dr. Binu Nair
Dr. Binu Nair
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