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06-03-2012, 09:59 PM   #1
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Adrenal Insufficiency from Prednisone

Hi Guys,

I started a course of Prednisone to get my UC under control, back in April. The doctor put me on 40mg tapering down every 5 days by 5mg.

When I got down to 20mg the doctor told me that I could do a faster taper of 5mg every 3days because i was having some pretty severe side effects from the Pred (fatigue, anxiety, depression, dizziness etc).

When I finally got off the prednisone I still felt pretty terrible but eventually the depression and anxiety went away. After 4 weeks though I was still very tired and dizzy.

I went back to the doctor and he said I might have come off the prednisone too quickly, so i am now back on 5mg and tapering 2.5 every 7 days.

I still feel absolutely terrible, constantly tired and a lot more dizzy than when I was off the pred.

Has anybody else had this happen to them? How long does it normally take to feel better after prednisone?

I've been out of action for almost 2 months now thanks to prednisone and I have never felt worse.
06-03-2012, 10:24 PM   #2
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This is quite normal. There is no specified timeline..some people feel relief in a matter of days, others over a year. If you are still having issues, your doctor can administer a blood test to see where your ACTH levels are (Adrenocorticotropic) hormone are at to give a baseline. That would be your best bet to make sure that everything is functioning normally, since steroids could possibly due permanent damage, though it is unlikely.
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Crohn's, Traumatic Brain Injury, Autoimmune Hepatitis (May 2014)

Current meds:Bactrim DS, Azathioprine, Entyvio, levbid
Past meds: Pentasa, Lialda, Prednisone, Entocort, Asacol HD, Prilosec, Lomotil, Lotronex, Nexium, Myfortic, Humira
06-07-2012, 02:56 AM   #3
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Newly dx and not on meds not a lot of help from me, however I wanted to say I hope you feel better!

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