Prednisone Side Effects

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Date Joined Dec 2008
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   Posted 2/4/2009 11:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Everyone!
I have been off of Prednisone since Jan. 13, after being on a high dose since August. I just saw some pictures from last weekend, I thought that my moon face was almost gone, when I look in the mirror, but nope, I look terrible! I think I am just getting use to seeing this large face.
How long does it take for the moon face and body swelling to go away? I so tired of this..

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Date Joined Aug 2005
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   Posted 2/5/2009 1:48 AM (GMT -6)   
In my own experience a couple of months. Hang in there.
Suffered my whole life before being diagnosed. Very bitter.
Diagnosed: August 2005
Health Status: In remission for the first time! IBS, Fatigue, Muscle/Joint pain, "Random Attacks"

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Date Joined Oct 2008
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   Posted 2/5/2009 11:26 AM (GMT -6)   

I'm off Pred since Dec 14 and I still have the moonface - the buffalo hump is gone though! I thought that everything will go away that moment I stop Pred, but not such luck. It does seem to stick around for weeks and months after that.

Hang in there, it sucks though.

Scarlett, 38 yo., TX
Pancolitis since 3/1997
6 x Asacol a day
75 50 mg 6-MP
Align (probiotic)
Flintstones Complete Vitamins

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   Posted 2/5/2009 1:52 PM (GMT -6)   
     Took me a few months too to lose the moon face.
62 yr old granny. South Jersey
Diagnosed with ulcerative proctitis in 1998 in hospital
Hospitalized (2nd time) in May 2008
Update 11/03/08...finally in remission!!  Hope I don't jinx myself.  Off the prednisone since 11/01/ see if I can stay off for longer than two weeks.  Other meds: 6MP (75 mgm), colazal (6 per day), Benicar and Toprol (high blood pressure meds), Probiotic (2 per day), fish oil capsule and multi-vitamin and calcium with vitamin D.

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Date Joined Dec 2008
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   Posted 2/5/2009 8:55 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you for your replies! im counting down the days till i get back to normal :)

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   Posted 2/6/2009 4:10 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Sunshine so you have become moonshine. Don't worry this eclipse of moon on sun would last a few months and then go off. It takes time. Granny is right. I had steroids for a number of years and finally off them since last three years. It took about 4 oto six months. But any intake of steroids shoudl be strictly under medical supervision. The steriods are really harmful to the immune system.
Cheers. Stop feeling sorry about your moon face.
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