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Things you should do if you are on Prednisone

Ah Prednisone,

The pill that most people end up on when you have a chronic illness, the pill that really does work some wonders, but ALWAYS has side effects.

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This has been the longest I’ve been on prednisone consecutively. Normally I am able to start weaning off of it after 2 weeks, but because of my clinical trial we needed to make sure it wouldn’t skew my results (or else you get kicked off the trial), so we have been having to troop it out for the past 15 weeks+ at 20 mg.

I sometimes feel like the longer you are on it the less you remember how serious it is to be on it. It’s just this tiny, nasty tasting little pill, but it really isn’t something to be messing around with! It changes your blood pressure, it retains a lot of water weight, so therefore your body is constantly dehydrated, it changes your eye sight, it wears down your tooth enamel, and makes you more prone to infections! I got an oral yeast infection one time from being on it….. Do you know who commonly gets oral yeast infections? Babies who breast feed and cancer patients apparently. But so does this girl.

But if you are on prednisone, here are some things I was advised to do AFTER there were some problems that started to arise:

  1. Go get your eyes checked every year. Prednisone can cause you to develop cataracts and changes your vision. In one year I developed astigmatism (hence why I was getting such bad migraines)
  2. Keep an eye on your blood pressure- prednisone is known to increase your blood pressure. With that it is then very important to watch your sugar and salt intake as well.
  3. Disinfect all little cuts- seriously. Your skin thins on prednisone and takes way longer to heal. I had a little cut on my knuckle that I did not disinfect and it got infected and took nearly 2 weeks to start healing….
  4. Keep an eye on your bone density. Prednisone has been known to cause osteoporosis after extended use.
  5. Keep an eye on that liver! Long use on prednisone ca cause fatty liver disease. Also included- limit the amount of alcohol you consume to help your liver and avoid stomach ulcers!

There are lots of little common side effects that come with prednisone like fatigue, mood swings, weight gain, acne, facial swelling, random bruising, insomnia, always having to pee, and so forth. It’s super important to remain informed of what you are taking and ensure that if you begin taking anything new to consult your doctor. Prednisone interacts with A LOT of things, natural and medical.

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I am really not looking forward to weaning off of it after this long…. I feel like it will definitely be a challenge for myself and my poor body. My last weaning experience was so hard that I actually had to take time off work because I could not push through. Fingers crossed I get the go ahead next week to start weaning though!

Talk to you soon!

Bee.

 

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