Can the moon face still go away when on 5 mg Prednisone?

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   Posted 10/29/2015 10:22 PM (GMT -6)   
In March I was on 50 mg of prednisone when I was diagnosed with an auto-immune disease..Dermatomyositis (I know I have this under Lupus.. I am pretty new to this site and don't know my way around it). Anyhow, I was on that high dose for about 2-3 months. After that I started to taper 5 mg every week until I reached 5 mg. I will have to stay in that dose for who knows how long. I was wondering if your face can go back to normal if you are on 5 mg for many years. My doctor told me in time my face will go back to normal even if I remain of 5 mg. However, I've heard a lot of people saying that their face never went back to normal until they were completely off the steroids. I wanted to hear anyone's experience with prednisone at this dosage. All the other side effects seem to be going away except the moon face, fatty neck and huge stretch marks.

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   Posted 10/30/2015 7:34 AM (GMT -6)   
Since the 5 mg is the amount your adrenal glands would be producing naturally (if they were still working), I do expect your face will go back to normal with that amount.

I was on 5 mg a while on my way off prednisone, unfortunately I don't remember when the moon face started to disappear.

It will help if you drink plenty of water and try to restrict carbs & sugars (at least the white ones!).

Good luck!
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   Posted 10/30/2015 1:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you for responding and for the tips! Will definitely try it and see if it helps.

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   Posted 10/31/2015 10:02 PM (GMT -6)   
It can go away at lower doses, mine did. Not sure the exact dosage but it was something below 20mg. I was on high doses for a year, then tapered over a 2 year period to 2.5 and than another 3 years on that. Sometime in the 2nd year the moon face disappeared.

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   Posted 11/4/2015 2:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes! I am permanently on 5mg and moon face has gone away! I had a pretty good one being on 80 mg orally for a year and then IVs of it weekly along with 60mg daily...Eventually I weaned down to 0 but after kidney transplant will be on 5mg of the life of kidney, hopefully for rest of my life!
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   Posted 12/19/2015 11:10 PM (GMT -6)   
am on 5 mg but it didn't go away properly yet! :( sometimes I feel it and sometimes I feel its normal...but it didn't go away yet...and cz of steroids I am getting fat day by day :( its killing me..😰😭
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