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Prednisone tapering: weird symptoms

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#1 anonymom



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Posted 21 July 2008 - 06:39 AM

As I finish slowly tapering off Prednisone, I am having some symptoms I haven't read about anywhere else: weight gain and sweats. Last week I gained three pounds. I know my eating has not changed because I am on weight watchers and I track my food and my activity. And periodically, I have the closest thing to a hot sweat that I've had in years, and I am post-menopause. Ever heard of this? What do I do??

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Posted 21 July 2008 - 07:08 AM

When I used prednisone weight gain was a side effect. As for the hot flashes, well, I'm sure the metabolism is affected by the drug - hence the weight gain & the heat ?! We are all so different, but I know that prednisone creates havoc in my body!!! Can't say I'm much help :( Hope today is better!
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Posted 21 July 2008 - 07:47 AM

I had weight gain and day and night sweats it was awful, This happen las year in the fall. I was getting steroid injections in my neck a set of three every two weeks apart. It was awful I thought I was going through menopause and I wasn't then it had caused me to go into a flair and then I had to go on more steroids. So yes it can happen. I just had to ride it out as you are going to too. Sam

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Posted 21 July 2008 - 09:59 AM

I too have experience weight gain when I've been prescribed prednisone. I don't remember hot flashes, but I remember the weight oh too well. I think I still have some of it on me.
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Posted 21 July 2008 - 01:46 PM

When I was on Prednisolone last year I suffered terrible hot flushes and yes terrible weight gain. I think Prednisolone affects the way our bodies utilise Carbohydrates ( I am not a doctor, but I am sure I have read it somewhere).
So, if you are eating alot of carbs especially in the evening you still might gain weight. I am also on weight watchers and still trying to lose the weight I gained on prednisolone.

I hope I have helped some

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Posted 22 July 2008 - 12:31 PM

I was on Prednisone due to a serious cough that just would not leave. I had stomach pain and was bloated so I would not be surprised at all at ANYTHING that it causes!
On a lighter note, when I was in high school I had a standard poodle who was put on prednisone for his arthritis and he got so loopy he peed in a picture window because he did not realize there was glass separating him from the bushes! After that I would believe that Prednisone could make anyone do or feel anything. All he did was eat and drink and act crazy until he was finished his course of the drug!

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