Sigh...Prednisone at Work

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   Posted 9/22/2009 11:49 PM (GMT -7)   
It's almost 2:00 am, and I have tried counting sheep. Then I decided to examine the back of my eyelids, and I swear there were spiders there. (Have you checked the backs of YOUR eyelids for spiders lately?) Then, I think I slipped into a mini-sleep for a few minutes until I woke up wringing wet from sweating. I get so wound up on prednisone that I just can't sleep! Does anyone have any helpful hints? Tomorrow is a Remicade infusion, and I am going to beg for IV Benadryl. smhair

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   Posted 9/23/2009 3:12 AM (GMT -7)   
I would ask your GI for a sleeping pill of some kind. When I am taking the high doses of prednisone its the only thing that works for me. Of course my doc makes me wait awhile every round of prednisonie I take to see if it will ocur. Good luck and I hope you get you Benadryl.

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   Posted 9/23/2009 5:36 AM (GMT -7)   
I have insomnia when I'm on pred. Benadryl seems to work enough so I can get at least some sleep.
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Currently on Remicade, Imuran, probiotics, folic acid, multivitamin.

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   Posted 9/23/2009 6:32 AM (GMT -7)   
Also make sure you are taking it very early every morning. This will help to avoid some of the insomnia too. Good luck!
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   Posted 9/23/2009 2:53 PM (GMT -7)   
Agreed with Nanners, it's always best to take all your pred first thing as early in the morning as possible, it makes a HUGE difference with the insomnia issue.

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   Posted 9/23/2009 8:01 PM (GMT -7)   
I agree with all the above.. you should ask your doctor to give you a sleeping pill of some sort.. I take Ambien.. When I was on my highest dose of Pred, (50mg) Even when I took 10mg of Ambien at night, I would only get about 5 hours of sleep... lol.. (you are supposed to be able to get 8 hours), but I was happy with 5 for sure! Now that I'm tapering and on 40mg.. I still take 10mg of Ambien and I am getting a better night's sleep now... 6 to 7 hours.... When I was able to taper down to 15mg.. I didn't even really need the Ambien then so didn't take it, but then I flared back up so now I'm back up on the Pred and on Ambien again...

Also I take my Pred first thing in the AM.. I used to break up the dose, but it was even harder to get to sleep that way... Good luck and I hope you get some restful sleep soon :)
Diagnosed with U/C  (Proctitis) January 31st, 2005, IBS on July 21st, 2006 
Tapering down from 50mg of Prednisone which I started 6/30/09,... been in flare for over a year with bleeding and cramping, MEDS: Prednisone, back up to 40mgm currently as of 9/19/09, Will be starting Humira in the next couple of weeks HOPEFULLY!  Apriso 4 pills 1x a day.. I take Xanax when needed and Ambien for sleep... Nexium in the am for heartburn due to Prednisone..   Culturelle 2 times a day...   I NEED A BREAK... I'm FRIGGEN TIRED of this %*&^* Disease!!!         

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