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How long do your glucose levels stay up after taking prednisone?

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Dr. Vered Lewy-Weiss
Pediatrics - Endocrinology
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In brief: It Depends

It could take a few weeks for the steroid effect to really wear off, but if your blood sugar is elevated please makes sure your doctor is following it.
Some people may require Insulin when taking steroids.

In brief: It Depends

It could take a few weeks for the steroid effect to really wear off, but if your blood sugar is elevated please makes sure your doctor is following it.
Some people may require Insulin when taking steroids.
Dr. Vered Lewy-Weiss
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Dr. Robert Lang
Also, prednisone and other similar steroids can cause carb craving so be careful to choose the right foods.
Dr. Richard Shewbridge
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
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In brief: It's dose dependent.

The higher the Prednisone dose, the worse the sugars can get for diabetic patients.
As the dose is commonly tapered, the glucose levels improve. To answer your question more specifically, glucose levels should be back to normal within 12-24 hours after your last dose of prednisone.

In brief: It's dose dependent.

The higher the Prednisone dose, the worse the sugars can get for diabetic patients.
As the dose is commonly tapered, the glucose levels improve. To answer your question more specifically, glucose levels should be back to normal within 12-24 hours after your last dose of prednisone.
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