Guess I am the oddball. I never gain weight on prednisone. As a matter of fact, I lose weight. Now that my heart doctor put me on a water pill, I will probably lose more. He did that because my BP always skyrockets when I am on pred.. I already take two BP pills but the doc explained to me that pred makes your tissues retain fluid, therefore the increase in BP. Maybe the doc can prescribe a water pill for you when on high dosage of pred? It is only 12.5 mgm and worked wonders already. My pressure was down to 122/66 this morning! The pressure along with the inflamation put me in the hospital in May. To tell you the truth, I was more concerned about the pressure...it was 216/98 and even my doubling up on the BP meds ..refused to come down. Just make sure you have enough potassium. I eat two bananas daily when on this water pill.
62 yr old granny. South Jersey
Diagnosed with ulcerative proctitis in 1998 in hospital
Hospitalized (2nd time) in May 2008
Still flaring. Afraid that I am pred dependant. Back on Pred 40 mgm for five days, then taper. Other meds...Colazal, 6MP, Nexium, Cort enemas, Canasa suppository, Benicar, Toprol xl, water pill.
Calcium, Probiotic, Flaxseed oil capsule, multivitamin with Iron
Also have osteoporosis and high blood pressure
Remicade NOT an option. Not a candidate for surgery yet..says surgeon.