Prednisone side effects how long till they are gone

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   Posted 8/21/2007 2:40 AM (GMT -7)   
I am in the last week of my taper of pred.  There were 3 side effects I have had over the last month since my flare:
1.  Anxiety
2.  Acne on my arms and face
3.  The beginnings of moon face
Once I am off this med, how long should it be before this side effects go away......I need some advice so I can expect the best! yeah
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   Posted 8/21/2007 6:24 AM (GMT -7)   
Usually most side effects are gone in about 2-4 weeks. I know it took longest for my moonface to go away. Sorry!
Been living with Crohn's Disease for 32 years.  Currently on Asacol, Prilosec 60 mg, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain and Calcium.  Resections in 2002 and 2005.  Recently diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and doing tests to see if I have Inflammatory Arthritis or AS.

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   Posted 8/21/2007 10:10 AM (GMT -7)   

Glad you're off the pred. I just did my first pred taper and it wasn't too bad. After about a month I was just about back to normal. Still trying to lose the weight I packed on, and also now I am losing my hair (tapered 2 months ago, for more detail on the hair loss which MAY be attributed to the taper see Post I started yesterday). but in the end, the stuff worked miracles for me and the side effects went away rather quickly. Was worth it so far...
Diagnosed with UC 8 years ago
Asacol / 12 per day
Canasa / 1 per day
Rowasa / 1 per day
Prednizone / 40 MG Day( finished taper!!!)
Azathioprine / 100 MG Day
Levaquin 1 per day
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Diagnosed with Crohn's 6/26/2007

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   Posted 8/21/2007 10:33 AM (GMT -7)   
It takes some things longer than others. I think the moon face takes me a couple months, but you should start to see it lessen sooner than that.
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   Posted 11/20/2012 6:41 PM (GMT -7)   
I stopped my 21 day treatment on Prednisone last week and now I am in hell! My face has blown up so I dont even look like myself. I have the shakes so bad I can barely type. I have terrible acne and my joints are now hurting. Spent the afternoon throwing up and having the chills. This is the worst drug in the world. Doctors should warn people what will happen when you are done with it. Is there anything I can take to make this stop and go away?????

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   Posted Yesterday 5:24 AM (GMT -7)   
thebibo...sounds like you may have tapered off too soon or too quickly. It sounds like you may still have flare issues. I would call your doc and tell him you are having these symptoms. You may need a longer stretch to get the inflammation down. Also...too fast a taper and off if you had higher doses causes many issues.
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