Prednisone/No sleep?

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Date Joined Sep 2006
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   Posted 9/15/2006 2:00 AM (GMT -6)   
I have been reading alot of posts, is not being able to sleep a side effect of prednisone??  Since starting the predisone, I have not been able to sleep much at all, I thought maybe because of just being so upset over all that is happening with me, was the cause of lack of sleep.  Thank's for any help.  I am currently just on a seven day dose 2 pills a day. TNsunflower

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Date Joined Mar 2005
Total Posts : 3148
   Posted 9/15/2006 4:08 PM (GMT -6)   
ugh! this is one of the worst parts about steroids. they get ya all jacked up! it works in a way similar to "uppers" and you might find yourself hyperactive, restless, anxious, INSOMNIA, shakes, trembling, rapid heart beat. and yes, these are expected & common. if something gets too out of hand do call your doc ASAP. (like chest pains, shortness of breath) they do however, immenseley help joint pain & throbbing. symptoms from the side effects of pred will gradually go away after it leaves your system.
i feel for ya! i'm on those suckers too!
Active/Severe Rheumatory Arthritis. Crohns. AS. Chiari Malformation & Right Brain venous anomoly. Partial complex seizures. Emphysema. Rheumatic Lung & Heart. MVP and Tricuspid prolapse. Had Lymes disease for 10 years.
Meds: Humira 40mg Q 4 days; Prednisone 20mg; Pentasa 4G daily; Imuran 50mg; Dilaudid 4mg; Diazepam 5mg; Avinza 60mg; Reglan; Antivert 25mg tid; LidoDerm; MiraLax & too many others.

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Date Joined Apr 2006
Total Posts : 116
   Posted 9/15/2006 7:15 PM (GMT -6)   
I take 20 mgs. of prednisone a day and then florinef.  I have been on steroids so long that my adrenal glands will not produce the steroids that my body needs.  They will keep you awake. I take 2 benadryl at night if I have having a real hard time getting to sleep. 
Steroids has really wracked havic (sp) for my whole body, my teeth are breaking off at the gum line, I am 100 pounds overweigth, I shake like you don't know what,i have the moon face, But when I try to reduce the amounts the pain becomes worse and my breathig gets labored.  So, it is a catch 22, I take the steroids.

Current medications, when I take all of them: Accolate, Albuterol, Atrovent, Celexa, Flexeril, Floriner, Fosamax, Lasix, Librax, Lidoderm patches, Locacet 10 mg. Micardis, Micro-K, Nexium, Potassium CL, Prednisone, Premarin, Zocor, Calcium w. Vit. D, Vit. D, Centrum A-Z, Stoll Softener.
I have Addison's Disease, from the prolonged steroid use, GERD, oster-arthritis, osteoporis, Depression, IBS, Chronic pain, ruptured disks in back, fractures in back and feet, and GOd knows what else I will end up with.

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