In the chapter Treating Lupus With Medications, I talked about prednisone as being the single most important factor in improving the outlook for lupus patients. It is a very powerful tool in the treatment of lupus, it is usually effective in bringing lupus under control and it saves lives. However, there is a price to be paid for this success. If we observe what happens to patients taking high doses of prednisone, there is no doubt this drug can cause a wide variety of side-effects. In this section, I will be talking about Short term side-effects It is important to be aware that not every lupus patient will develop these side-effects, that each patient reacts differently to the drug, that only a high dose of prednisone will cause major side-effects and that a high dose has to be continued for several weeks before these side-effects will occur. Most importantly, these side-effects are reversible; they will go away when the dose is decreased or when the drug is stopped. Always remember that the beneficial (good) effect of prednisone cannot be separated from the onset of at least some of these side-effects. Ever wonder why most people with a diarrhea flare up get a prescription for Prednisone? It’s not because diarrhea is caused by low Prednisone in the body… The biggest reason is because many times, it works. And during a flare up of diarrhea, medical professionals know the patient is on a very slippery slope. Hospitalization and surgery are usually right around the corner. We get emails every day from people struggling on Prednisone… In fact, while preparing today’s video, I did a search in our inbox and found 1,789 emails tagged with “Prednisone” since 2009. And here’s why that scares me the most…Neither are the long-term risks and what it’s doing to your bones.
Corticosteroid drugs — including cortisone, hydrocortisone and prednisone — are useful in treating many conditions, such as rashes, lupus and asthma. But these drugs also carry a risk of serious side effects. Working with your doctor, you can take steps to reduce these side effects so that the benefits of corticosteroid treatment outweigh the risks. Corticosteroids mimic the effects of hormones your body produces naturally in your adrenal glands, which are small glands that sit on top of your kidneys. When prescribed in doses that exceed your body's usual levels, corticosteroids suppress inflammation. This can reduce the signs and symptoms of inflammatory conditions, such as arthritis and asthma. Corticosteroid drugs are used to treat rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, asthma, allergies and many other conditions. I was on 60 milligrams of prednisone daily, for the past month, due to a horrible case of poison ivy that wouldn't go away. Has this happened to anyone else I didn't want to take such a high dose of the prednisone with all the side effects for someone like me. For the first week or so I was having normal bowel movements every other day, but the last two weeks I just couldn't go. I have a very fast metabolism and a high heart rate due to this. After two days of being off I started having diarrhea about three times a day; this has been going on for five days now. I'm five feet, nine inches tall, and I weigh 114 pounds, so it was very noticeable. I am already extremely active and the medicine made me worse. I would sleep like two hours a night and couldn't sit still for more then five minutes. The doctors said my immune system wasn't fighting off the poison ivy.
However, prednisone is less likely to. milk and can cause side effects in the. There are several non-prescription agents that may cause constipation. Taking several medicines that can cause constipation and taking large doses of these.