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Wrighty

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From: Ingleside
17 total posts
Currently suffering :(
Prednisone is my saviour! I took a second coarse of prednisone 4 weeks into my bout and has stopped my cluster bout which normally goes for around 8 weeks of 4-6 attacks a day. So all I can say is prednisone I love you!!!!icon
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breakingpoint

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From: Echuca
90 total posts
Not currently suffering :D
Hi Wrighty
Excellent to hear that you have found a saviour.
Pred is my saviour too although I try to last as long as I can without it.
Great to see that you have changed to green
Just wondering if you have had any noticeable side effects to the pred???

Cheers
Chris
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Wrighty

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From: Ingleside
17 total posts
Currently suffering :(
Um no, no real side effects at all. My feet get a bit ichy I don't know does that sound weird.
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Wrighty

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From: Ingleside
17 total posts
Currently suffering :(
Gidday chris, forgot to ask you. What sort of side effects do you get from pred?
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breakingpoint

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From: Echuca
90 total posts
Not currently suffering :D
Hi Wrighty
Normally I just put on a bit of weight (My latest cycle was 6 kilos in 4 weeeks)and the weight gain is getting more each time I use the prednisolone.I have also had a bit of the moon face crap going on as well, but that subsides pretty quickly whe I stop taking it.
I have also found that I can run on overdrive and also hot when Im on the pred.
Other than that I have not had any other real side effects, so no ulcers or other things yet.
That is why I try to minimise my time on it and use it as a last resort.
You really should make sure you have a handle on all the side efects and make sure you monitor yourself when you are taking it.
Cheers
Chris
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Ben

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From:
324 total posts
Currently suffering :(
Hi Guys,
Good to see you are getting relief from CH no matter where you find it.
No one else has stuck their neck out yet, so I will put up some info as an experienced Cortisone user (actually now a non-user).
Pred users have to be super vigilant when using this drug long-term or repeatedly for CH. I have weighed in on both sides of the Pred argument. I agree it has its place in acute CH intervention, it has saved lives by rapidly stabilising patients with CH - I am one of them. It has also wrecked lives through over-prescription, overuse and improper monitoring of tapering off the drug in patients. I have used Pred on many occasions to knock out CH, 50mg does me just nicely. But I can live without the extra 30 Kgs, duodenal stomach ulcer, constant burning gut, roid rage, crumbling nails, thinning hair/skin, loss of bone density, adrenal gland dysfunction etc. etc. This Pred induced situation now prevents me from using my number 1 abortive drug - Soluble Aspirin, the stomach ulcers tend not to like Aspirin, or Imigran for that matter.
The drugs I now have to take for the ulcer (Nexium 40mg) make me feel as sick as a dog and effect uptake of other drugs in me, despite what the info sheet says. (Nexium drastically reduces stomach acid production, leaving other medication to just sit there, ineffective).
Pred worked for a while and got me out of some tight spots, but now I am in a real predicament. The next major CH bout to hit me, I am screwed.
I can't take my Aspirin or Imigran. I can't take Pred again or I will bleed out from the intestine. The only thing I can do is sit out the CH, or hit it with an Imigran injection, that is all I have left to hit CH with, courtesy Pred use.
Looks like Lidocaine infusion or the like will be my only option next time things go south.

Pred - great when its working, lethal when it ain't anymore.
Don't take my word for it, there are many stories about Cortisone/Pred on this site and absolute slabs of info on the drug available. It is a well understood drug.
I am not sittin on the fence here, it has its place, just not in me!
I would rather eat StPeter's toenail clippings than go there ever again.

http://www.medsafe.govt.nz/profs/datasheet/p/prednisonetab.pdf

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prednisone

Cheers, Ben.This post was edited on 16/11/2011 at 8:54 pm
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