prednisone causing high blood sugar - need some thoughts/advice please

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MamaMia1967
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   Posted 9/26/2008 7:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello my name is Mia. I have type 2. I just switched meds from metformin to Actos 45 mg and Glyburide 10mg twice daily. It really helped lower my sugar from the 300's to low 100's. I got sick and was put on prednisone 50mg a day. I got a shot at the ER in the morning yesterday and by evening i was in back in the 300's. Seems my meds are not making a difference while taking the prednisone. I only have 5 days of pills to take. But i hate the feeling of high blood sugar. Does anyone has any thoughts on prednisone? Anything would be a great help.
 

Post Edited By Moderator (LanieG) : 9/26/2008 8:18:47 PM (GMT-6)


LanieG
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   Posted 9/26/2008 9:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello, Mia, welcome to the Forum.  I'm sorry for this setback - and you know that steroids like prednisone will cause high blood sugar.  Several members have been on it, so hopefully you'll receive some feedback.  In the meantime, I've changed your subject title in order to be specific about your needs.  Good luck.

Lanie
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diabetes controlled so far by low/no carb diet and exercise; no meds


Jeannie143
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   Posted 9/26/2008 9:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to HealingWell, Mia. Don't worry about the high sugars while the prednisone is doing its work. Just concentrate on getting better. There are some members here who must take pred and when they do they change to a very low carb food plan with no grains and few fruits, eating mostly lean meats and veggies... LOTS of veggies. And what better time to need to eat lots of veggies than when all the harvests are coming in :-) ?

I was on Lantus insulin as well as avandia and had to stop both meds because I couldn't afford them. (I don't have health insurance.) I switched to the "NWBC" or "nothing white but cauliflower" food plan the day I dropped my meds. I"ve been running in the high 90's to the low 110's in the morning ever since with just metformin for my diabetes med. Several others here are on the low grain food plan and doing quite well.

Anyway, concentrate on getting better before you tackle the high numbers. Here is one of our more recent posts about prednisone and diabetes that I could find.

Managing diabetes while taking prednisone
~ Jeannie, Forum Moderator/Diabetes & Fibromyalgia
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MamaMia1967
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   Posted 9/27/2008 12:15 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you both for your help. I did read that other post.
Jeannie, Does walmart  carry those meds your on? I know when i didn't have any insurance i went to walmart and paid 4.00 for mine. I have been cutting back on carbs. today. Thank you for changing my title Lanie. Glad to find a place to chat about my diabetes. yeah Take care and till next time
 

Mia


Jeannie143
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   Posted 9/27/2008 9:47 AM (GMT -6)   
Unfortunately, Lantus insulin and Avandia are both new medications and Sams and some of the other drug places only offer generics at the $4.00 price. It will be a very long time before those meds drop in cost. My Lantus was $90.00 a month and the Avandia was $289.00. It really helped my numbers stay low, but that was when I was eating the American Diabetes Association recommended food plan. That food plan basically will keep you on meds forever... and they will be increased and added to over time.

By curtailing my grain and potato consumption I have given my body the chance to process energy out of my stored fat, the carbs in the vegetables I eat and also the small amounts of fruits I consume. This works for me. Your mileage may vary.
~ Jeannie, Forum Moderator/Diabetes & Fibromyalgia
I know God will not give me anything I can't handle. I just wish that He didn't trust me so much. ~Mother Teresa

"People are like stained glass windows: They sparkle and shine when the sun's out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is light within."- Elizabeth Kubler-Ross


Beth75
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   Posted 10/15/2008 2:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Mia,

Sorry about the pred, it is a tough drug to take. Pred raised my sugars and my Doc had me cut out refined carbs and sugars like bread, pasta, chips, juice, cookies etc. while at a high dosage I could eat starchy veggies and fresh fruits in moderation. My sugars went up to 155, after I got down to 10mg of pred, my sugars were normal.

Good luck with everything.
Beth, 33 ~ hoping to taper pred successfully, wish me luck!
Major Flare Sept/Oct 07.  Flare May 08 (from aspirin?).
UC dx'd 03/00 Proctosigmoiditis; Pancolitis since 09/07
Azathioprine 200mg 1xday nightly; Calcium and Vit D 500mg 3xday, Multi Vit, Folic Acid 400mg 2xday, Prilosec, Probiotics.
Minimal Change Disease (Kidney Disorder) dx'd 09/07. Close to remission since 9/08.
Prednisone 5mg/2.5mg alt days 1xday, Simvastatin 20mg 1xday, Diovan 160mg 2xday. Tekturna 300mg 1xday, Fosomax 70mg 1xweek. MCD may be from hypersensitivty to 5ASA drugs.  Do you have edema? If so, check your blood protien level!
 


susie45
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   Posted 11/18/2008 8:24 PM (GMT -6)   
hi
i am on prednisone for about a month now and it has lowered my blood sugar to lower 60's to high 70's i wake in the morning with trembling hands doc doesnt understand says it should be reverse effects
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