Prednisone and swollen face???

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   Posted 6/19/2008 6:03 AM (GMT -7)   
The first time I went on prednisone I noticed my cheeks got pretty swollen and so did my chin.  This time, though, it seems like the tissues around my eyes are also swollen.  Is this pretty common with the drug?  Can it make your entire face swell in spots?
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   Posted 6/19/2008 6:36 AM (GMT -7)   
Makes my whole body swell!  Yes, "moon face" is a very common side effect!


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   Posted 6/19/2008 6:52 AM (GMT -7)   
How much Prednisone are you taking?
Diagnosed in October, 2004 at age 33.
Current Rx's: Colazal (generic), Nexium (generic), Ferrous Sulfate, One-A-Day multivitamin, Culturelle Probiotic, Omega-3 Fish Oil, Vitamin D, Vitamin A, Calcium-Magnesium-Zinc, Cranberry pills
Secondary conditions: mouth ulcers, joint pain, swelling ankles, extreme fatigue
Previous/occasional Rx's: 20mg Prednisone taper, Flagyl, Levaquin
No surgeries to date

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   Posted 6/19/2008 12:10 PM (GMT -7)   
My face got so swollen my teeth hurt it's not fun stuff
Dx Crohn's 17/1/08
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Dx Lupus Anti Coagulant 2004
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   Posted 6/19/2008 12:16 PM (GMT -7)   
Yeah... It's a common side effect.

If you're a ... Think of it this way. It adds to your cuteness. :D... I call them... Chipmunk cheeks. :)
I think I am being picked on by life, sometimes. But's that okay. Life and I are good buddies... I know life doesn't mean no harm. It just is the way it is. I can accept that.

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   Posted 6/19/2008 3:36 PM (GMT -7)   
Yeah, I got moonface and insatiable hunger and hair loss and teeth problems...yay pred!
Laurenne, 23 Student @ University of California, Davis.
Dx'd w/ IBS and CD in 2002
On Humira, Strattera, Zoloft, (Multivitamin, Flax Oil, and Omega complex when I remember.)

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   Posted 6/19/2008 3:51 PM (GMT -7)   
Yep, me too. Got the whole moon face going. Good news is they say it goes away after a few weeks, once were off the pred. I sure hope so!
Diagnosed with Crohn's Disease 2/06 after sever GI bleed. Has been suffering since 1998. History of rectal fistula and gallbladder removal. Currently taking Prednisone: tapered to 20 mg, Asacol, Questran, Toprol XL (for high blood pressure).

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   Posted 6/20/2008 5:09 PM (GMT -7)   
Actually, in my experience, it goes away very slowly if you've been on pred for a long time... If you've been on pred for 6 months it usually takes 6 months for the swelling to subside completely. Nasty drug!

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   Posted 6/20/2008 11:23 PM (GMT -7)   
I get *very puffy on prednisone. I like to refer to it as "Marshmallow man" from ghostbusters. Check out my blog for my 'roid pics, I get puffy puffy puffy =-)~

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