Prednisone usually makes me add about 1.5 lbs a day, and if I take it too long, results in difficulty breathing. Last time I took a 6 day regimen, I gained 10 lbs. The weight started coming off a day after my last dose. Took me a week to lose the 10 lbs, which is usually just water weight.
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OCEAN7 - that would be a question for your doctor/pharmacist; the answer to that will depend on your body, your meds, dosages, etc.
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Does anyone know how long I am likely to be affected by the steroids. I was on them for a week to clear my lungs following an infection. I am crying all the time and not losing any weight despite sticking to my diet cleanly and getting plenty of exercise.
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Of course they can effect you in many ways, and can certainly make you gain weight. It depends on the particular drug in question and the dosage.
My mother is a transplant patient taking prednisone, and it certainly has given her a moon-faced appearance, though that didn't happen until she had been taking the drug for a while. Prednisone can also cause rages and behavioral changes, though in the case of my mother this has not happened--thank goodness!
I think that you should be mentioning your concerns to your doctor.
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I think you should talk to your doctor about it if you have reasons to believe you are having adverse effects of your treatment.
I cannot say how much it really affects _your_ body, but I can say it affected mine to a great extent. I was treated with a steroid in May, prednisolone 25 mg a day, for one week after having an acute allergic reaction. During those 7 days I gained so much weight I was unable to put on my jeans by day 5. Most of it was water retention, but not all. Now, more than a month after the treatment, I am still one inch wider around my waist than prior to taking steroids, despite eating healthy and working out pretty consistently.
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