Prednisone. It’s a double-edged sword. This medication can be an excellent tool to address rheumatoid arthritis (RA) flares, as well as a host of other medical conditions. When a bad flare has sidelined you, prednisone can help you to quickly get back on your feet.
On the other hand, the side effects can be a trip down the rabbit hole. Insomnia, increased appetite (and subsequent weight gain), dizziness, rapid heartbeat, and a host of other physiological side effects. And then there’s the psychological side effects. Prednisone ‘roid rage can turn some people from a mild mannered Dr. Jekyll into a raving Mr. Hyde. Irritability, aggressiveness, anxiety, mania, and depression. The higher the dose, the more intense the effects can be. It’s no wonder people in the RA community have given prednisone the nickname Satan’s Tic-Tacs!
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Given that prednisone can sometimes be a necessary part of treating RA, how do yo...
Full Question: Have you ever heard that migraines can cause numbness to the left side of the body, starting in the feet and moving up the leg to the arm and face? Is Prednisone good for the pain of migraines? Thank you Patsy. Answer: Dear Patsy; Tingling or numbness can be symptoms of Migraine. You really need to discuss this with your doctor as numbness during a Migraine can make a difference in the type of treatment that is best for you. Prednisone and similar steroids aren't generally prescribed for the pain of a single Migraine, but a "dosepack" is often prescribed to help break an extended Migraine. With a dosepack, you start at a higher dosage and reduce it daily over a period of about a week. Good luck, John Claude Krusz and Teri Robert If you need to find a headache and Migraine specialist, please see our listing of patient recommended specialists . Another good source of information and support is our forum . To post to th...
Generic Name: PREDNISONE CONCENTRATE SOLUTION - ORAL Pronounced: (PRED-ni-sone) Prednisone Intensol Oral Precautions
Before taking prednisone, tell your doctor or pharmacist
if you are allergic to it; or if you have any other allergies. This product may
contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other
problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.
Before using this medication, tell your doctor or
pharmacist your medical history, especially of:
current/past infections (such as fungal infections,
heart problems (such as heart failure, recent heart
high blood pressure
stomach/intestinal problems (such as ulcer,
bone loss (osteoporosis)
mental/mood disorders (such as psychosis, anxiety,
eye diseases (such as cataracts, glaucoma)
mineral imbalance (such as low...
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