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Q: Can prednisone affect blood pressure?

Can prednisone affect your blood pressure?

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Lene Andersen, Health Guide
6/20/09 12:55pm

I'm not a doctor and can't diagnose you over the internet, but I'm pretty sure it can. I get steroid shots every now and again, and my blood pressure becomes a little unruly for about a week after. If you have high blood pressure, it's important to discuss this with your doctor when talking about prednisone; you may need to increase your blood pressure medication.



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bon410, Community Member
8/ 6/09 10:30am

I can only answer for my case, but no, Prednisone didn't make my BP higher. It has helped me more than any other treatment.  I have always had low BP until I was on Arava. It gradually went up until it got pretty high. It takes a long time for Arava to get out of the system, but finally the BP is down. A lot of meds probably change our BP. Side effects really suck.Undecided Bon

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