Moonface and tapering of Pred

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   Posted 10/30/2007 11:49 AM (GMT -6)   
I have tapered from 45mg pred to 6mg - but my moonface now is getting even bigger!
I know from past experience that during pred tapers the moonface can get a little bigger but this time it is ridiculous!  It's way bigger now. 
Has anyone else noticed moonface worsening when tapering? 
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   Posted 10/30/2007 1:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes. I don't know if it's due to the tapering or that the prednisone has just been in the body longer. There's not a whole lot you can do about it, unfortunately. Just drink lots of water and watch the salt intake - that can make a big difference. I always knew while I was on prednisone that if I ate something salty like tortilla chips I would pay for it the next day.
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   Posted 11/1/2007 4:55 PM (GMT -6)   
I also developed a very ugly moonphase with  prednisone. It was so bad that when I toured Namibia the officials at the airport thought that the photo on my passport was that of another person. (The photo was taken before I went on  prednisone).
My moonphase disappeared when I started having cinnamon tea 3 times a day. Place about 2 cinnamon sticks in a small kettle and boil and simmer. Cinnamon has it's own sweetness so no need for sugar.  You should see a difference in about 2 weeks

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   Posted 11/1/2007 9:42 PM (GMT -6)   
For what it's worth, now that I am a low carber (more or less the SCD but without any of the higher carb items on that diet, hence no honey or almonds or fruit), I notice much less moonface for a given pred level then back in the days when I was a normal/hi-carber. Low carbing seems to reduce my UC symptoms by the way, though it is no wonder cure for me.

As far as moonface goes, I should probably cut back on salt too, but have been fairly normal on salt. Generally my moonface does go down as my pred level comes down, but maybe that is also due to the lower carb diet.
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   Posted 11/1/2007 10:06 PM (GMT -6)   
I don't want to be so negative but I lost most of my moon face in about 6 months.  However, I still have a triangle shaped  bit of the swollen area at the base of my neck where my clavicles meet.  I  also believed that once off the prednisone all the weight would disappear but it hasn't.  I really need to start watching my diet and using less salt. Saw the cardiologist today who confirmed the need for better diet control and weight loss.  Now I am going to have to listen to the diet  gurus especially concerning sugar and fats.

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