Prednisone and fast heartbeat?

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thenay
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   Posted 10/19/2007 8:07 PM (GMT -7)   
I've been on Prednisone 40mg for 2 and a half weeks now, my heart has been racing the past few days, around 128bpm at rest, and the doc said its a side effect from the drug today.  He has put me on ativan to relax me (for a short period) as i'm shaking a bit (as this is a side effect too apprently) and said it's my nerves from the pill making it go fast. He thought about a beta blocker but said leave it as a last resort.
 
Have any of you had this issue before? This pill is so strong on me, maybe cos i'm so little? 5'6 @ 125lbs
DX with CD May 2006 @ age 22
Tried Pentasa and Entocort, worked for a yr and a bit
Now on prednisone 40mg and going crazy!


broomhilda
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   Posted 10/19/2007 8:40 PM (GMT -7)   
You are about the same size I was when first diagnosed and taking 60mg daily. Yes, it can cause rapid heartbeat & the "shakes". I'm on lexapro as an antidepressant. I am not depressed. I take the lexapro in the morning with the prednisone and the lexapro seems to offset the pred hypers for me. When I taper, I have to cut down about 2.5mg every 2 weeks cause the joint pain & heart palpitations are too much for me. I might add I have no heart problems, but slightly elevated cholestrol prior to the CD diagnosis and cutting out all the fats from my diet.
Dx'd Jan'06, 1st Resection 7/06, Predinsone, Humira, Imuran, B12 injections, Nexium. Secondary conditions: Psorasis, Acne, Fatigue, Joint Pain, Lactose Intolerant, gallstones, fibroid cysts, peri-menopausal.


thenay
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   Posted 10/19/2007 9:35 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the reply! :)

Yea they did a ECG or sumthin on me and it came out ok. So that's good news.
I only had anxiety/fast heart since I went on this. It blows.
They're taping me down off the pred to 30mg and seeing what happens.
DX with CD May 2006 @ age 22
Tried Pentasa and Entocort, worked for a yr and a bit
Now on prednisone 40mg and going crazy!


gachrons
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   Posted 10/20/2007 2:46 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Tapering will probably help I had some problems but not alot. I am back on 20mgs and up at 5am at least I got some sleep when I was lowered and was off it for 2 weeks vacation.Nothing like getting a break. Hope the ativan works for you .Got quite a laugh out of the prize you sent out on the sailing poop . Your right we need a good laugh at times. lol gail

JudyK89
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   Posted 10/20/2007 4:55 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm not sure why he wanted to save the beta blockers as a last resort? I was on Protonix from the start, mainly because Prednisone causes severe gastric reflux for me, but it is also a beta blocker.
Judy
49 years old, Crohn's Disease   
Six resection surgeries, permanent ostomy, adverse reactions to Remicadeback on 6MP for maintenance, hoping for a long remission from this last surgery. 
 
 


dustspeck
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   Posted 10/20/2007 5:09 AM (GMT -7)   
i started on 40 mgs/pred 3 1/2 weeks ago, i am at 30mg now and i shake like crazy, my muscles get fatigued very easy. i am also small framed, 4' 11 & 1/2", 110 lbs. (YES the 1/2 counts!) i was given ativan at the beginning of my diagnosis, do you find it helps with the shaking? i haven't felt a need to take it lately but if it helps with the shaking i might!
.: stephanie :.
32 y/o female diagnosed 8/8/7 with crohn's of the terminal ileum w/ stricture/scarring
currently taking 30mg prednisone, 4000mg pentasa daily & vicodin for pain


thenay
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Date Joined May 2006
Total Posts : 167
   Posted 10/20/2007 2:21 PM (GMT -7)   
Its helping me with the shakes, but my heart is going fast still, stupid doctor, lol
I guess i'll go see him once again to get it, grrr
Thanks for your replies! :)
DX with CD May 2006 @ age 22
Tried Pentasa and Entocort, worked for a yr and a bit
Now on prednisone 35mg and having some side effects, "..time goes by so slowly..."
If you need to talk to someone, PM me and i'll give ya my msn ;)

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