I'm on Prednisone since 9 weeks (first time, started at 40 mg) and today I try to taper down to 5 mg after being on 15 mg and 10 mg a long time. Anyway, I never had any weight gain from the Prednisone or the munchies or ravenous hunger like most people report - I know, I am lucky! The worst side effects that I had so far are anxiety and/or horrendous nervousness, mood swings (yes, being a total B about things and always ready to kick something with anger!), insomnia, tremor and trembling (still have that), heart palpitations at time, nausea and I lost lots of hair (although I should say that my hair thinned out, because I cannot find lost hair - not in the brush or in the shower, my hair just got very thin!). Since a week or so, I see signs of mild acne on my face and neck and oh! Not to forget, I have the moon face and the buffalo hump! But yeah, being on 40 mg down to 25 mg was the worst regarding the mood swings, insomnia and the anxiety. Once I hit 10 mg, I felt much better, although I don't know what the funny tremor and trembling is about (mainly in the morning BEFORE taking my fix of Pred).
I am on 6-MP now for the second day, so I just started it. I am nervous about it and regarding the Prednisone I have to say that it didn't do the trick for me as I expected. Maybe I expected too much since it was my first time use and my flare was severe with 30 + bloody BMs. I wouldn't wanna take it again for moderate flares ever again, because for me it just wasn't that great.
Hang on in there - the side effects will get milder with lower dosages!
Pancolitis since 3/1997
Worst flare of my life since 8/2008, finally showing improvement!!
Meds (as in 11/2008)
10 x Asacol a day
40 30 25 20 15 10 mg Prednisone
Flintstones Complete Vitamins