I am a little different than most, I am on pred for a dual purpose w/many other meds, I can't say when it helped me how much it helped me, if it did help me it took 1.5 mos (most people I think start to see relief in less than a week) I got worse before I got better b/c I had to stop taking asacol cold turkey.
For me besides the first month being at 60mg, I did not see much changes w/my body until 3 mos later when I was on 60/40mg alt days, then I got moonface, a 'fu man chu' mustache (that I wax monthly) and now instead of needing to shave my legs every other day or so, now it's every few weeks (I think my leg hair is now growing on my face, hahaha - just kidding) I just got a couple of dark brown chin hairs last week and they are not soft hairs either, felt like cactus!
Last month month #6 on 40mg of pred I began losing hair on my head (I have really good hair too, I don't think much of the rest of my outside appearance but hey I know I have good hair!) I also have a lot of hair so it is not noticeable yet. I used to clean the hair out of my brush monthly, now it is every few days. I ordered some Nioxin to help, it's a hair product that is supposed to help w/the appearance, I think????
I will be tapering pred by 5mg a week (from 40mg) until I get to 10mg then hopefully down to 5mg and My Kidney Doc says that I will most likely be on 5mg for a year. I have so many questions myself, I hope I can lose my new neck and chin while on a lower dose of pred??
I will be my own science experiment, BWHAHAHHAH!
Fosomax is to help w/bone density loss from long term pred use......maybe you wont be on it for long? I would check into that and the calcium (btw, my nails are stronger than ever!), shouldn't hurt to take calcium but dbl check.
Also, if you are not on it longer than a couple of months or so, you might not get all the side effects. My only regret is that I wish I was better monitoring my salt at the begining and maybe could have avoided my new neck and chin.
I have good hair and nails but not so good colon and kidneys, somethings gotta be good, right?