I just recently found this forum and have been looking through the many topics dedicated to prednisone and moonface.
I'm 20 yrs old, just recieved a kidney transplant april 2007, so it's only been 8 months. At first I was pumped with prednisone but didn't notice any side effects at all. It wasn't till I was down to 10mgs a day that I really started to notice a change, I saw a picture of myself and was actually so shocked by what I saw - huge fat cheeks! It's like what I was seeing in the mirror was completely different, but reality definatley hit me once I saw that picture. I had developed moonface :(
I haven't had any weight gain, im still the small 100lb frame i used to be, and didn't experience acne either and still havent *knock on wood* but I do have thinning bones and type two diabeties now from it, oh and these freakishly giant cheeks that don't suit the rest of my body.
I'm now down too 7mgs a day, and by january I'll be down to 5mgs and I believe that will be the lowest. My diabeties has gotten better and I'm staying active for my bones to reverse that, but I just can't seem to change the moonface side effects.
I'm really missing my old face, and it hurts when people say that all my old pictures don't even look like me, I've heard once you get down to 5mgs that this side effect may possibly go away?
can anyone give me some hopeful stories or news or information? Because I don't believe I'll ever be off this drug.
Also, I just want to say I'm not a totally vain person at all...I just miss my old face, and it scares me so see someone else in those pictures.