Anyone loose weight on Prednisone ?

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   Posted 12/15/2007 6:46 AM (GMT -6)   
Anyone ever loose weight while on prednisone? I has lost about 15 lbs prior to starting it and do not want to gain it back, which I have not.. I was trying to for the weight loss so it is a good thing. I am wondering is it realistic that i could still loos the last 10lbs while on it? If not loosing it I just don't want to gasin anymore..
28 Year old Female. Dx with Crohns 2005. Currently take Imuran 50 mg. had 3 remicade infusions which put me in remission.
Dx with Pyoderma Gangrenos (PG) Nov '07, currently on Prednisone 40mg for PG, slowly tapering from 60mg ...  most importantly the taper is in effect !

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   Posted 12/15/2007 11:21 AM (GMT -6)   

Hey there,

Prednisone has more knocks against it then a front door on a Halloween night.

IMHO yes, you can lose weight while taking the medication. And, no, you don't need to wait to get started. Start with small changes—walk 30 minutes a day, and take charge at a restaurant: Ask for cut vegetables instead of a breadbasket. Ask for the fish to be grilled in sesame or peanut oil. Tell them to hold the cheese, bacon bits and croutons from your salad. Small changes—when you add them all up—can make a big difference.

Good Luck and keep us posted.

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   Posted 12/15/2007 1:14 PM (GMT -6)   

I was on heavy doses in the hospital and am down to 10 mg. I didn't gain any weight. The stuff makes me so cuckoo that I don't want to eat. Kinda crazy, I know.



Diagnosed with Crohn's in 1995.
Have used Prednisone, Flagyl, and Pentasa in the past.
Now on Imuran/Prednisone - waiting to start Humira.
One stricture in distal ileum.
No surgeries yet.

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   Posted 12/15/2007 6:49 PM (GMT -6)   
loose weight while on prednisone, I wish! I gained 15lbs in 2 months on it, was on 50mg for a week, then 40mg for 4 weeks, and got down to 7.5mg now, I made a mistake by eating a lot as it gave me food cravings like no tomorrow, it's not so bad now tho, as stkitt, follow the food suggestions and u shud be ok, avoid high salt foods too as it'll retain it, I noticed that with my puffy face from the pred :(

best of luck!
Male DX with CD May 2006 @ age 22, Colonoscopy and SBT
Taking Prednisone 7.5mg (tapering), Imuran 150mg, Atenolol 25mg for fast heartbeat (thanks Pred!)
Have used Pentasa, Entocort in the past
Have a safe and happy holiday everyone!

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   Posted 12/16/2007 2:47 PM (GMT -6)   
I lost about 10 lbs. on Prednisone. I was so sick from my flare, I didn't feel like eating! I'm now in remission, thank God, but I am unforturnately gaining back, but I feel better, so who cares!!!!
48 yr. old female, diagnosed with Crohn's Sept-Oct. 2007

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   Posted 12/16/2007 4:14 PM (GMT -6)   
The first time I was on it several years ago, I gained 30 lbs. This time around, I was on it for nearly 9 months and lost weight-probably because it did not really put me into remission and your body burns a lot of calories while you are in a bad flare. Like Gumby, when I was on the really high doses, I felt so crappy, I didn't feel like eating a lot. Now I am on Humira and everything is not going through me, but I have not been able to progress past the low-residue diet so I am still eating a lot of white rice, white bread and processed foods, (really crave carbs) and I am starting to put on weight- 10 lbs in the last two months :(
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