Starving on Prednisone

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Date Joined Apr 2010
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   Posted 4/16/2010 4:12 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm starving, and I can't seem to fix it. I'll eat and immediately afterwards I'll be not just hungry or not full but actually starving like I haven't eaten in a couple of days.

I was thinking of starting to take Topamax again, when I had been on it before I would not, could not eat which is the reason I stopped taking it. I'm wondering if maybe this would make the symptoms of Prednisone better or at the very least if it makes me not eat again I can force myself to- I'd prefer that to starving constantly.

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   Posted 4/16/2010 7:41 AM (GMT -6)   
I am not sure how much prednisone you are on, but I do remember wanting to eat anything not nailed down when I was taking 20 mg a day. As I lowered the dose, things got better. I think by the time I was down to 10 mg I was in control. Good luck.


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   Posted 4/16/2010 9:30 AM (GMT -6)   
hey fruitygirl! Welcome to HW! When I read your post it reminded me of about a year ago. I had been on very high doses of pred and I could never get full. For ex: I would go to a steak restuarant and eat a 12 oz steak with couple pieces of bread, baked potatoe, and another full for about ONE minute but before I could walk out the door I was starving!!! Oh my, it was horrible.

Is this a dose you are going to be at for a long time? My suggestions would be to keep fruit and vegies at an arms length, I know that is not what your body is craving BUT maybe you can trick your mind. I really am sorry you are going through this. Just be very careful, because of the never ending appetite and the high dose of pred (60-80 mg) I gained 80 pds in 2 months. So try to eat mostly good foods!!

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   Posted 4/16/2010 4:41 PM (GMT -6)   
popcorn, believe me it takes a lot of air popped popcorn to equal a serving and it fills you up. I wish I had followed my own advice during my recent pred increase because then maybe I wouldn't have gained 30lbs.
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   Posted 4/21/2010 7:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Fruity girl, are you still around. I know the lettuce and fruit stuff is real good for ya but the predisone says Where's the pizza? Where's the Beef? Where's the poptarts? Hide the small animals!
I did want to say we have all been there. Even on a larger dose you do eventually get over the graving. Unfortunately the swelling in the face (moonface) is going to be there if you don't even gain a pound. The good news is that when you slow down on the amount you take you will start to lose the moonface. The bad news is it takes a lot long to get rid of it then it does to put it on.
anyway if you are still reading posts I would love to hear how you are doing.
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