Prednisone and taking Hydrochlorothiazide

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Date Joined Dec 2008
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   Posted 9/5/2009 9:31 AM (GMT -6)   
I just started back on 40mg of prednisone on Aug 30.  I had been totally off it about a month and began flaring up very badly again.  I had just started to look a little more like  myself in the face and the belly.  While taking the last course of it I had to start on the blood pressure/diuretic med because the steroids shot my blood pressure up.
Was wondering and hoping if the diuretic in the pill will keep some of the swelling from the prednisone down this time?  Any thoughts or experience with this?
The steroid side effects are just starting to kick in.  I am feeling crazy, rammed up, shaky and my face is hurting.  I can see my cheeks puffing up when I look down.
I hate this stuff!
39 yrs old ( diagnosed UC 2002)
Ankylosing Spondylitis (diagnosed 1990)
Asacol 12 daily
Zoloft 50mg
Fish Oil
Fosimax  (Osteopenia spine)
Hydrochlorothiazide 12.5mg (hypertension)
Prednisone started on 60mg currently on 40mg
Starting Imuran  100mg

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Date Joined Aug 2009
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   Posted 9/5/2009 1:51 PM (GMT -6)   
My son has been on HCTZ since he was 5 to help flush the fluids through his kidneys (he was born with an enlarged collection system to the kidneys, so the fluid would pool in the kidneys and produce stones.) When he was diagnosed with UC at age 13, he was put on pred. (and asacol.) I'm really to sorry to report to you, he did end up with moonface and weight gain. Now, would his side effects have been worse if he hadn't been on the HCTZ? Possibly; we'll never know.
I'm sorry you had to go back on it. I completely understand your frustration!!
Diagnosed UP 1983, Azulphidine
Diagnosed UC 1986 Prednisone almost 2 years
Asacol - 16 pills a day
Metamucil - 2 doses a day
Cortenemas or Rowasa from time to time
VSL#3, Ultimate Flora Critical Care
Flax Seed Oil
Bee propolis as of 9/2
Canasa as needed

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