Prednisone- Acid Reflux and other side effects

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kcolwell24
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Date Joined Aug 2009
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   Posted 8/31/2009 3:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Does anybody else have this problem?

I was put on 60 mg daily of Prednisone last week, and I am getting the WORST acid reflux! What do you all do? Take some over the counter medication? I have not seen it as a side effect anywhere online. I called my doctor today as I am also having blurry vision and a "foggy" feeling, so I am hoping she will have some answers as well.

I hope I can stay on it, as it is really helping my UC, but these side effects are awful.

Another weird side effect: muscle pain... arm pain in particular. I keep getting these muscle cramps in my arms, but I have never heard of it before.

I think it is just doing really wonky things to me, as I am always in a strange funk and I have to wake up like every 4 hours to pee. I feel like I am in a semi-drunken state all the time. It's really strange.

You can probably tell, as I imagine this post is not the most concisely written piece of work. I seem to have problems organizing my thoughts and it is getting really frustrating. :(
20 year old female
diagnosed with UC July 2007, had symptoms since January 2007.

Current medications:
4 Lialda/day
1.5 6MP/day
1 Canasa/day
1 application Cortifoam/day

Still having severe flare-ups :(


jujub
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   Posted 8/31/2009 4:13 PM (GMT -6)   
I always took Zantac (Ranitidine) twice a day when I was on Pred.

The muscle cramps are a common side effect. They're usually a result of low potassium and may be relieved by taking more potassium-rich foods like orange juice or bananas.

Mood and thought changes are also common. I was always a total witch - irritable and vocal. My hubby called me his "attack wife"
Judy
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Moderate to severe left-sided UC diagnosed 2001. Flared for 5 years, finally in remission with Remicade since March 2006. Colazal,  Remicade, Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri.
Avascular necrosis in both shoulders is  my "forever" gift from steroids.
Chronic joint/connective tissue/muscle pain; TKR 05/09 
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Christine1946
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   Posted 8/31/2009 5:14 PM (GMT -6)   
     I had the same symptoms while only on 40 mgm of prednisone.  If you are getting up to pee a lot during the night, have your blood sugar checked pronto.  You can purchase an Accu-Chek meter at your local drug store.  Personally, I had excessive thirst and tingling in my fingertips (I worked for an Endocrinologist and both parents were diabetics so I knew the symptoms).  I bought Diastix, to test glucose in urine, and tested it three hours after my dinner.  The test strip turned the darkest color on the chart and I knew my blood sugar just had to be high if it were spilling into my urine.  Sure enough, after a visit to my family physician the following day I tested my blood with the Accu-chek in the evening and it was 237!  My GI and family physicians both say it is from the prednisone and I am down to only 5 mgm per day from 40 mgm which I started back in June.  Needless to say, I watch my sugar and carbohydrate intake like a hawk and my blood sugar has been normal ever since.
     Prednisone gives me terrible insomnia, raises my blood pressure and has already given me osteoporosis.  Make sure you take extra calcium with vitamin D.
 
Diagnosed with ulcerative proctitis in 1998 in hospital
Hospitalized (2nd time) in May 2008 for ten days.
Remission Nov 08 thru May of 09.
Slowly coming out of flare.  Meds: Colazal (6 per day), prednisone 10 mgm and tapering weekly, Cort enema nightly, Canasa in morning, Benicar 20 mg for BP, flaxseed oil 3 x a day, fishoil 2 x a day, probiotic 3 x a day, calcium with D 1x a day and multivitamin.
Doctor had me on 100 mgm of 6MP which drastically lowered my white count.  Now off the 6MP pending results of repeat white count. UGH.


Christine1946
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   Posted 8/31/2009 5:15 PM (GMT -6)   
     Oh, forgot to add that my GI doctor prescribes me Nexium while on the higher dose of prednisone.  This helps a LOT.
 
Diagnosed with ulcerative proctitis in 1998 in hospital
Hospitalized (2nd time) in May 2008 for ten days.
Remission Nov 08 thru May of 09.
Slowly coming out of flare.  Meds: Colazal (6 per day), prednisone 10 mgm and tapering weekly, Cort enema nightly, Canasa in morning, Benicar 20 mg for BP, flaxseed oil 3 x a day, fishoil 2 x a day, probiotic 3 x a day, calcium with D 1x a day and multivitamin.
Doctor had me on 100 mgm of 6MP which drastically lowered my white count.  Now off the 6MP pending results of repeat white count. UGH.

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