can prednisone help teenagers with ADHD and other disorders such as ODD my son has ADEM and was taking prednisone both IV/oral they really seemed to help with the ADHD and ODD as well as the ADEM i am unsure as to whether or not it can be continued?
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Prednisone is a steroid used to help with inflamatory illnesses, such as arthiritis. I have not heard about it being used to help with symptoms of ADHD or ODD.
Prednisone can also cause concerns with the immune system, making it easier for people to contract viruses, etc.
Why was your son prescribed prednisone?
I too have noticed a great decrease in ADHD symptoms while on prednisone for asthma/allergies. It's very interesting.
I am a 58 year old man. I have had comprehension issues since i started school 53 years ago. Got to the point that i was having difficulty at work recently. Neurologist diagnosed ADD. Whatever....i was put on Vyvance (Adderall substitute). It is nothing more than an amphetamine. Which is the worst thing you can take if you are trying to focus and organize your thoughts. After a couple months of this nonsense and trouble sleeping i quit.
I was prescribed prednisone recently for a sinus infections. I noticed an immediate improvement in my ability to concentrate, remember and recall details needed for projects i was working on. Once again i feel let down by the medical comunity as it relates to cognitive disorders. Although i have noticed an improvement on as little as 3mg/day i am concerned about long term use. I am currently taking the 3mg but will run out soon. Then it will be business as usual and frustrating times trying to do what normal people have no problem doing. It is a sad state of affairs... Doug
Wow. I have the same experience! Got Prednisolon for asthma at age 40, and my life completely changed. Not only can I concentrate, I have a new calm and joy of life. I used to have anxiety issues, but no more.
It has been 5 years now, and the effect prevails at 5 mg per day. Downside is of course that this is not very healthy and I'm gaining weight.
Similar to you guys, the doctors seem surprised. And frankly, not very interested in why... But I am: could there be a less harmful medication that could give some of the same effect?
my assumption is that the ADD is more a result of allergy or other immune disorders (at least in some cases) and that's why prednisone alleviates symptoms of ADD. it's not really that prednisone is working on the brain per se, but it's just stopping the immune system from reacting so strongly that it affects the brain's function. if you think about it, a lot of allergy affects the head which also encases the brain. inflamed sinus' may be putting pressure against the... frontal lobe?. this may be why sudafed seems to help ADD symptoms as well as the currently prescribed stimulants (i.e. amphetamines) and caffeine too. all are vasoconstrictors. one of my first indications of an allergy reaction is a general discomfort which makes me fidgety. also, everyone has different reactions to allergies, and maybe parts of the brain get attacked by the immune system in response to allergic stimuli just as other regions of the body can be immunologically attacked. at the very least, i do believe that untreated allergies/asthma/immune disorders can increase ADD symptoms in certain individuals. just a thought.