The first time I was on pred, it didn't start to come down until after I was off of it completely. The moon face goes away on it's own within a couple months of your last dose, but if you gained weight overall, you will probably have to work to get that off. If you're used to working out, though, it should be pretty easy for you. This is my third round of pred this year. I am an athlete as well, and I have a whole post dedicated to it in my blog if you want to read about
how I'm trying to battle the weight gain and muscle disintegration. Click on the link below and find the post titled, "The Dread of Pred".
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32-year-old single female (teacher)
Dx mild/moderate ulcerative colitis 1995
Dx severe ulcerative pancolitis 2011
Imuran (tapering on), Prednisone (40mgs), Asacol HD (4800mgs), Mesalamine Enema, MMJ