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   Posted 9/13/2007 9:30 PM (GMT -7)   
i checked the box for my iron tabs and appranlty they r controlled release,so im just eating alot of red meat atm to try and get my iron up. im on 20 mg of pedrisone atm tapering to 15 mg next week which is good,thou i still get pain frm sum questions bout pred 1. does pred make u haf real bad mood swings? 2.dse it always give you acne? anyway,thanks for ne replys, i think im doing ok,just get worried sumtimes. neway toodles

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   Posted 9/13/2007 10:30 PM (GMT -7)   
1. Yes, Prednisone changed my personality a lot. I had terrible mood swings.

2. Yes, I had really bad acne, esp on my chest and back. It was downright embarassing for awhile =)

Once I tapered off, both cleared up. Nasty drug but sometimes it's the best thing out there. Hope you are better soon.

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   Posted 9/14/2007 4:36 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi I do not have bad acne just got a few when I started pred. on my face but not a problem. The personality thing though has been there at firest I could not sleep and was up 3 or 4 in the morning and did not feel like myself it was a matter of getting threw it. As the pred. lowered I felt better emotionally.Glad you are doing ok and I understand your concern .My glucose went up because of it I have been on it since Jan. so now watching my sugar not easy for me. lol gail

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   Posted 9/14/2007 7:07 AM (GMT -7)   
Pred made me psycho. Really scared me. Usually I know how to hold my tongue and not say anything to hurt people. When I was on pred I would let anything that popped into my head out of my mouth. My poor husband kept wondering where in kind, gentle wife went.
Vicky / 47 years old
DX'd with Crohn's during a resection August 2006
DX'd with Steriod induced Diabetes November 2006
Considered in Clinical remission but have minor signs of disease activity
Daughter (26) also has Crohn's since she was 12.
Currently on 4000mg of Pentasa only for Crohn's
No longer able to take 6-MP because of Bone-Marrow Suppression
Cymbalta, Metformin, Lipitor

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   Posted 9/14/2007 11:30 AM (GMT -7)   
Yes prednisone is shown to do mood swings. I was a raging crazy woman when I was on it and normally I'm a pretty mellow person--I was attributing it tho to the fact that I was newly diagnosed and wasn't handling things to well and lashed out at people. I am bipolar II and am on meds where it stablizes my mania (happiness/hyperness).

When I went to see my psychiatrist for my normal med check up a couple of weeks ago, he advised me that the next time they put me on prednisone to contact him immediately because I have to take another medicine to counteract the side effects.

As for the acne, I didn't have a problem with it
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   Posted 9/15/2007 12:41 AM (GMT -7)   
Being on prednisone has been a hard transition for me. First of all my face looks worse than it did when I was a teenager! The "moon-face" is making me so self conscious, I look as if I am puffing my cheeks out, though my family says I look fine, I know I look different. The water retention has been horrible also, I gained 25-30 lbs in 2 weeks, most of that water weight. My feet and ankles were swollen worse than they were when I was 9 months pregnant. My eyes are being effected by the prednisone too, going blurry every so often, I was told it was the water retention causing that also. The first time I was on prednisone, it caused me to have irrational thoughts, suicidal thoughts in fact. I was put on a slew of antidepressants to begin with, and then something to help me sleep. All of this just to feel good. Oh and there was a weekend when I went without the prednisone while it was being refilled, and 2 days without my 40mg dose I lost every ounce of energy I had and ended up sleeping the whole time. I am nervous to start my taper, considering that I have no energy to begin with.


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   Posted 9/15/2007 9:19 PM (GMT -7)   
thx 4 ur replys! glad 2 knw bout da mood swings etc :)

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   Posted 9/16/2007 1:31 AM (GMT -7)   
prednisone gave me really bad acne, in fact, i had one of those deep-under-the-skin-ha-ha-you-cant-pop-me pimples on my neck for years, and it never surfaced. its gone now though.

mood swings i know is listed as a side effect, but its really hard for me to tell if it affected me for two reasons. one: i havent been on pred in years now, so it was a long time ago. 2: my mood swings pretty easily anyway.
19, Male, diagnosed over Christmas Break of my Junior year in High School. BEST CHRISTMAS EVAR LOL

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