Prednisone is one of those meds that is like a double edged sword, it really is amazing with all the things it is used for, and it works so well! but it also has some very nasty side affects! Some people have trouble sleeping while taking it, and some people it has an emotional component. It affects everyone a little differently! I know when I am on the higher doses of it for my Ulcertive Colitis it takes away just about all my aches and pains everywhere! But I have a difficult time sleeping when I am on it, and it also affects me emotionally, all I want to do is cry! When I was working as an RN on the Oncology unit I had a flare up of my UC and they had me on 90mg of Prednisone a day, and while taking care of dieing patients I would be crying along with their families! I begged the Doc to wean me off of it, as that is just not the thing to do when working like that! The other nurses use to think it was funny though! I have also been on the Z-pak like you many times and the side affects are a little bit less intense because of the strength. But with that med it is definitely a "Love/Hate" relationship!
I wish you well while you are on it!
Moderator Chronic Pain
After spending nearly 22 1/2 years in the USAF, I retired in Sept, 1991. I then went back to school and became a licensed RN in 1994, and I worked on Oncology and then a Med Surg Unit, I became disabled in late 1999 and was approved SSD in early 2002!-- DDD, With herniated Disk at T-12 and L4-5. C5-C6 ACDF in Sep 2009, C6-C7 ACDF in Mar 1985, Osteoarthritis, Ulcerative colitis, Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, Complex Sleep Apnea, and host of other things to spice up my life!(NOT!) Medications:Oxycontin, Percocet, Baclofen, Sulfasalazine, Metoprolol, Folic Acid, Supplemental O2 at 3lpm with VPAP Adapt SV I am White Beard with a White Beard!