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Prednisone Withdrawal Symptoms: How Long Do They Last?

Prednisone is a synthetic corticosteroid drug that is used to treat a variety of conditions including: asthma, adrenal insufficiency, Cron’s disease, inflammatory diseases, some types of cancer, hives, nephrotic syndrome, lupus, Meniere’s disease, and hives. It is also used to help with organ transplants by preventing bodily rejection to the new organ. This is a drug that is also used to help with severe migraine headaches, leukemia, lymphoma, and various types of tumors. It works by replacing steroids that are naturally produced by the body.

Essentially this is a drug that mimics your body’s natural hormones produced from the adrenal glands. When prescribed in significant doses, Prednisone works to help suppress inflammation. In the event that a person’s immune system is attacking its own tissues (as is the case with autoimmune diseases), this drug can help reduce activity by suppressing immune system functioning. It affects the “HPA” or hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal axis when taken longer than 7 days.

Although Prednisone can be a life saving drug when used to treat certain conditions, others that are on it for a less-significant condition may be extremely unhappy with the drug’s side effects. If you can no longer cope with the side effects as a result of Prednisone use, it may be time to withdraw. Once you have spoken with your doctor about withdrawal and have made up your mind, you will want to educate yourself on the potential symptoms that you may experience upon discontinuation.

Factors that influence Prednisone withdrawal include:

When it comes to any medication, there are factors that influence the severity of withdrawal. Various factors that will play a role in determining how difficult the withdrawal process is include: time span, dosage, individual physiology, and whether you quit cold turkey or tapered. If you experience a very severe withdrawal, it is likely due to one or more of these factors.

1. Time Span

How long have you taken Prednisone? In general the longer you are on this particular steroid, the longer it’s going to take your body to readjust to functioning without it. If you are on it for longer than 2 weeks, it can affect your adrenal glands’ ability to produce cortisol. Therefore your body and brain become dependent on the Prednisone for everyday functioning when taken for an extended period. If you are only on this drug for a couple weeks, you should have a much easier time coping with the withdrawal compared to someone on it for months and/or years.

2. Dosage (2 mg to 80 mg)

Since this drug is used to treat a variety of conditions, the dose that you are taking will depend on the condition that you are treating. The maximum recommended dose per day is 80 mg. Most people are taking somewhere between 2 mg and 30 mg per day. In any event, the greater the dosage you take for an extended period of time, the more severe your withdrawal symptoms will likely be. Someone that is on a very low maintenance dose of Prednisone should have a much easier (and quicker) time withdrawing compared to someone who is on the maximum recommended daily dose.

3. Individual Factors

Since this is a powerful corticosteroid, it likely will result in withdrawal symptoms in nearly everyone that took it for an extended period of time. However, the severity of those symptoms can vary depending on the individual. People that were on very high doses for a long term may have a very severe physiological response upon discontinuation, while others may have less of a reaction.

Just know that what you experience may be more or less severe than someone else – as everyone’s situation is different. One person may recover from their withdrawal within a few weeks, while another may experience aches and pains for months following their last dose of Prednisone. The recovery time varies among different individuals.

4. Cold Turkey vs. Tapering

It is never recommended to quit taking Prednisone “cold turkey.” It is thought that if you quit taking this drug cold turkey from a relatively high dose, it could result in potentially dangerous withdrawal symptoms. If you were on Prednisone for an extended period of time, your body likely has become fully dependent on this drug for functioning and providing cortisol.

Since your body has stopped naturally producing cortisol, stopping Prednisone cold turkey can be a recipe for disaster. Why? Because your adrenal glands may not be able to kick back in and produce cortisol. Therefore it is important to gradually “wean” off of this drug to give your adrenal glands some time to pick back up with natural production.

In order to prevent doing damage and or experiencing a nasty cold turkey withdrawal, some have recommended reducing the dosage of your medication by 5 mg every 7 days. If you are unsure about how to taper, be sure to talk with your doctor and voice any concerns you have. If you were on Prednisone for a very short term (i.e. 7 days or less), it is alright to quit cold turkey.

Prednisone Withdrawal Symptoms: List of Possibilities

Below are some common withdrawal symptoms associated with taking Prednisone. Recognize that these are some symptoms that you may experience upon discontinuation from this particular drug. Also understand that you may not experience every symptom listed below and that the intensity of withdrawal will likely differ based on individual circumstances.

  • Abdominal pain: Many people notice intense abdominal pain when they first stop taking Prednisone. This may be in the form of intense stomach aches and/or burning sensations throughout the stomach.
  • Anxiety: Many people report depression, but a lesser reported symptom is that of anxiety. You may feel somewhat nervous and/or have relatively intense anxiety during withdrawal. It is thought that this is a result of hormonal changes and HPA functioning.
  • Body aches: Many people report severe body aches when they stop taking this drug. These aches may last for weeks following your last dose of the drug. If they become too intense, you should consider tapering more gradually.
  • Decreased appetite: Since Prednisone is associated with significant increases in appetite, when you stop taking it, you will likely notice a major decrease in appetite. You may have constantly felt hungry while on it, but when you quit taking it, your appetite will significantly drop off.
  • Depression: Another common symptom to experience upon discontinuation is that of depression. You may feel very depressed in conjunction with significantly low levels of energy. This is in part due to lack of stimulation. Your adrenal stores need to build themselves back up for you to feel normal. Just know that your brain and body will eventually fully heal as time passes.
  • Diarrhea: Some people report diarrhea when they first come off of this drug. If you are experiencing this, be sure to pick up some Imodium (available over the counter) – it should help ease this particular symptom.
  • Dizziness: This is a common withdrawal symptom from any drug. If you feel dizzy, just know that it should go away within a few weeks. The most intense dizziness should subside after the drug has been out of your system for a week.
  • Fatigue: Most people end up having to deal with extreme levels of fatigue and low energy when they quit this drug. If you feel fatigued, just know that it is a result of your body withdrawing from a drug that it has depended on for functioning for a long period of time. Additionally you no longer have adequate amounts of cortisol to provide the body with energy. It will take some time before these homeostatic levels are reestablished.
  • Fever: Some individuals report having a fever when they stop this drug. This is your body’s way of trying to readapt to functioning without Prednisone. The fever should not last more than a week or so after your last dose. If it persists, be sure to consult your doctor and/or another medical professional and consider a more gradual taper.
  • Headaches: Since this drug actually helps many people with severe headaches, coming off of it may result in even more extreme headaches than initially experienced. Some individuals report constant headaches, while others report full-blown migraines during withdrawal.
  • HPA Changes: Anyone who has taken this drug for an extended period of time will exhibit changes in their HPA (hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal axis). In other words, the adrenals are no longer producing sufficient levels of cortisol because they have become accustomed to receiving the Prednisone. Therefore even if you gradually taper, it will take your body awhile to get its natural production of cortisol back up.
  • Joint pain: It is extremely common to feel pretty intense joint pain when you stop this steroid. This joint pain is caused by lack of natural cortisol production. In some cases it could be due to inflammation during withdrawal. Avoid excess physical stress and activity until the pain subsides.
  • Low blood pressure: Some individuals experience blood pressure drops when they discontinue this drug. Although it increases blood pressure while taking it, many people experience rapid reductions if they discontinue too quickly. In some cases if blood pressure gets too low, it can lead to dizziness and fainting. Be sure to monitor your blood pressure when you quit this drug.
  • Low blood sugar: Many people experience low blood sugar when they come off of a corticosteroid like Prednisone. You may want to monitor your blood sugars when you discontinue and keep some sweets around in the event that it dips out of the ordinary.
  • Mood swings: People feel fatigued, low energy, and have depression as a result of their withdrawal. It is no wonder that some individuals experience mood swings and/or changes when they quit taking this drug. Just know that these should stabilize when the body heals.
  • Muscle soreness: Some people notice muscle soreness and/or pain that does not go away for an extended period of time. The best thing you can do for yourself is to take some sort of over-the-counter pain relief to help yourself cope with this symptom.
  • Nausea: You may feel extremely nauseated when you originally stop taking this drug. The intense nausea should only last for a few days and then gradually improve. Assuming your doctor conducted a gradual taper off of Prednisone, the nausea should not be long-lasting.
  • Shaking: Many people have reported uncomfortable “shaking” in the limbs including the hands and feet.  This is not as common of a symptom, but one that has been reported that can make life uncomfortable for awhile.
  • Skin rash: In some cases a person may develop a skin rash when they first quit taking Prednisone. Some hypothesize that burning and/or itching skin could be a result of nerve irritation beneath the skin. If you are experiencing a skin rash or irritation, just know that it’s likely from the withdrawal.
  • Suicidal thoughts: When you first quit taking this drug, you may notice that your depression becomes overwhelming to the point of triggering suicidal thoughts. If you feel suicidal at all during withdrawal, make sure you talk to a professional about it. Just know that as your adrenal stores build back up, your depression will gradually subside and your thinking will return to normal.
  • Vomiting: Some people report vomiting when they stop Prednisone. This vomiting is usually a result of tapering too quickly and not giving your body a chance to gradually adapt to functioning without the drug. If you are vomiting, it could just be that you are hypersensitive to withdrawal and/or are withdrawing too quickly.
  • Weakness: It is common to feel muscle weakness and an overall sense of malaise when you first come off of this drug. It should take your body a few weeks and/or months to fully recover from feeling very week and achy. This is just your body’s way of reacting to functioning without a drug that it has received constantly over an extended term.
  • Weight loss: Individuals that are on Prednisone for the long term tend to pack on a pretty good amount of weight. Obviously the amount of weight you gain will be based on your individual circumstances. Most people notice that they begin to lose weight a few weeks after they have fully discontinued this drug.

Note: It is thought that Prednisone stays in your system for less than 24 hours after your last dose – meaning it has a short half-life.  Discontinuation symptoms are thought to be a result of the body attempting to recalibrate itself to functioning without the Prednisone.

How long do Prednisone withdrawal symptoms last?

The time it takes you to fully withdraw from Prednisone will depend on individual circumstances. In most cases, the withdrawal symptoms should clear up within 3 to 4 weeks after your last dose. The half life of Prednisone is only 1 hour, but most people report post-acute withdrawal symptoms lasting well after the drug is cleared from the body.  A full recovery can take anywhere from a week or two (lower doses) to several months.

If you are experiencing pretty extreme pain as a result of the withdrawal, be sure to take some over-the-counter pain relief. In addition to OTC pain relief, most people recommend increasing the amount of salt and sugar that you eat. This is because when you stop taking Prednisone, your body usually has low blood sugar and low blood pressure.  If your withdrawal symptoms persist for an extended period of time and/or are so severe that you cannot function, it is likely that you withdrew too quickly.

Anytime a person is on 5+ mg of Prednisone for 7 to 14 days, sudden discontinuation can result in an adrenal crisis. Work closely with your doctor, follow guidelines, get plenty of rest, and lay low as your body and mind recover. Eventually you will return to normal functioning once your body and brain readjust to functioning without steroids.  It should be noted that some people report “Secondary Adrenal Insufficiency” as a result of taking corticosteroids like Prednisone.

In this event, it has taken people 12 to 24 months before they experience full “recovery” back to homeostasis.  As was mentioned, the longer you are on the drug, the more gradual the tapering process should be and the longer you should expect withdrawal symptoms to persist following your last dose.  As long as you work with your doctor and withdraw VERY gradually, you should be able to experience a full recovery.  If you have experienced withdrawal from Prednisone or are currently going through withdrawal, feel free to share your experience in the comments section below.

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  • Sherzadi October 3, 2018, 9:09 pm

    I went blind in my right eye 4 weeks ago. I was diagnosed with optic neuritis. I was hospitalized and given this poison. It was fine first week – by 2nd week I wasn’t feeling myself – like I am always on a high. I feel everyone is looking at me all the time like I’m not talking properly.

    Anyhow yesterday I officially finished tapering from 100mg ending with 10mg weaning. Today I had all the side effects. I’m feeling completely distorted and I’m weak. I have no life in me… When is this going to go? Will I lose this weight too? I haven’t eaten anything today and I hate the smell of food.

  • jessi September 29, 2018, 4:08 pm

    I had breathing problem and went to Doc who straight away gave me prednisone without even informing or educating me about it. I wish I had never gone to the doc. I was given 30my first week and 20my second week. I saw lot of gain weight which went off after stopping but then few months I observed that my body has changed.

    I have developed cellulites which I never had, and day deposited on my upper back. My skin has lost elasticity and my legs and hips became thin but broad. I can’t recognize myself. I never had the tendency to gain weight. I am an active person, go for running, gym and I am wondering if I will get back to my normal self or?

  • Julie September 17, 2018, 1:08 am

    While on vacation in Arizona I was bit by a spider on my first night there and ended up in the ER the next day. They gave me a 50mg prednisone in the ER, and 5 more days of 50mg with no taper. I only ended up taking 4 days total, but since I’ve been off of it, I have felt like I have something seriously wrong with me.

    I’m dizzy, disoriented, lightheaded, nauseous, have a headache, extreme fatigue, tingly sensation in my hands and feet, and low blood pressure. I took myself to the ER 3 days after getting home because I didn’t, and still don’t feel right. The ER doctor said my EKG and blood work was all good and thinks it’s the prednisone. Can 4 days of 50mg really give you withdrawal that make you feel this awful?

    • Angie September 18, 2018, 4:43 am

      Stupidity on behalf of the ER Dr. You must taper! Yes even after days! Knowledge is your best friend! Always be your own advocate. Pharmacists are a wealth of information! I look at all resources, and suggest to the doctor if I feel I need a different option.

      • Peter September 18, 2018, 9:30 pm

        Aah but doctors don’t like you to suggest and will simply ignore you. Better you just move on till you find an individual who will listen.

    • Trish September 18, 2018, 6:18 pm

      Not just withdrawals but adrenal insufficiency, which can be life threatening. If you do end up going back to the ER or your doctor, have them test your adrenal function.

      Many believe that it takes a minimum of 2 weeks of taking this drug to experience adrenal insufficiency and that is NOT accurate! And do not let them make you believe that it’s all in your head simply because they are well-versed in the side effects of this medication.

  • Angie September 11, 2018, 12:50 am

    Have been on long-term prednisone therapy for 8 yrs. Developed Cushing syndrome, have taped off 65mg to 26mg, since this may as prescribed, without much trouble. Had my first major withdrawal the other night, took 1mg prednisone, and the symptoms were relieved.

    No energy today, I can see it is going to be a challenge to reduce from now on. I am so relived to see other people have issues and suggestions related to prednisone use. It has saved my life many times, but just about killed me this year.

    I will be so glad to get off this drug, and expect it to take months from now on to taper… let the fun begin!

  • Greg September 8, 2018, 8:48 pm

    I was given Prednisone to fight shingles. 40mg tapered off to 10mg over the course of about 9 days. Yesterday was my first day without. At work I began sweating profusely and felt weak and lightheaded.

    About an hour later I had to run to the bathroom and just pooped blood. I have IBS but have never done that before. I continued having diarrhea the rest of the day and recently just blood again. Is this likely from Prednisone?

    • Valdis September 30, 2018, 2:21 am

      Go to the doctor. Bloody stool is never normal!

  • Susan September 6, 2018, 2:58 pm

    I have been on Prednisolone for 22 years getting down to 5mg but currently on 17mg. Following an emergency admission to hospital I was referred to Rheumatology whilst still in Hospital by a fairly shocked General Consultant.

    The Rheumatologist was very frank and said they had not seen anything like that before. He said I will have a long, hard and challenging time ahead. Scared now I have to say. 2 weeks into now taking 15mg – still poisoning my body – scary.

    • McCathryn September 21, 2018, 10:34 am

      Please do this very very slowly. From 7 mgs for several years, I diminished 1 mg every 7 weeks until I got to 1 mg. Because I felt so dreadful, I stayed on 1 for 3 months, then down to a 1/2 for 7 weeks. I have been prednisone free for 4 & 1/2 months and still feel awful.

      My cortisol level from blood test is normal but I am going to have the adrenal test where insulin is injected to stimulate the adrenal system. Blood is taken at regular intervals. I will report back.

  • Lisa September 4, 2018, 8:26 pm

    I started with 20 mg prednisone over a year ago and increased to 40 do to severe inflammation and pain. I have been able to cut down to 7.5mg recently with doctors orders to cut back to 5 mg. I had no problem with that for about 1 week now I itch all over and scratch in my sleep. Could that be due to cutting back?

  • Myra September 4, 2018, 11:54 am

    I have been on Prednisone for a little over 4 years for PMR and fibromyalgia. I was told to TAPER off the last 4 months. Got down to 1mg daily for a month, to every other day for month, the twice a week and now NO MORE PREDNISONE.

    I have terrible intestinal burning on one side and mild nausea at times. Definitely fatigued and sometimes emotions. Night sweats. Should all pass as times go on. Hang in there and hope none of us have flare ups needing to go on this again.

  • Michelle August 31, 2018, 4:46 pm

    I have RA-like symptoms. I have not been diagnosed with anything other than the doctors say is “like” RA I have been on 30mg of prednisone for 15 months. Last week my new doctor cut me cold turkey. I am so very sick. I can’t hardly move, I am nauseous all day and I can’t stay awake.

    I have a new job that I can’t screw up. This is an absolute nightmare. They treated me like I was asking for opioids. I just want my life back. 48 – W – F – was a marathon runner. :(

    • Trish August 31, 2018, 5:05 pm

      Quit you cold turkey! Call him back up and make him test your adrenal and cortisol function! Are these people that unconcerned about human life? I am no one’s expert, but after what I personally experienced even I know that cold turkey is not being medically responsible.

    • peter August 31, 2018, 9:34 pm

      Michelle, First off I am not a doctor but I would advise you to seek the opinion of another doctor. I was on very heavy doses of prednisone for two years and my doctors would freak when I suggested a cold turkey withdrawal. It is always recommended that you withdraw slowly over time.

      I’m not surprised that you can’t move. If you have any prednisone available it would be my suggestion that you immediately go back to 20mg a day and reduce that daily amount by 5mg a day, each week, for the next 4 weeks. There are many articles regarding prednisone withdrawal.

      If the above is too aggressive for you then taper it in slower daily amounts. Let your body be your guide. Even if you withdraw slowly it takes time for your adrenals to kick in so there will still be moderate aches and pains. I can’t tell you how long the aches will last, it seems to be an individual thing. See Colin’s comments as well.

    • Tony September 1, 2018, 1:56 am

      Wow!!! You must taper this drug. An abrupt discontinuation is dangerous. I hope you still have some pills to make it through the weekend. You should lower your dose by 10mg every few days… all the way down to 5 mg for 3/5 days… it’s even advised to go as low as 2.5 mg for 3/5 days… let us know how you are doing. Best of luck.

    • Melanie September 16, 2018, 4:15 am

      You need a new doctor. There is absolutely no way you should be taken off cold turkey after being in 30 mg for 15 months. Your doctor is committing malpractice. You need to be tapered slowly off. I was on it for 3.5 yrs and it took almost a whole year to titrate off.

      You must be in an awful physical state. Go to the emergency room. Tell them what happened. They will put you back on and teach you how to taper down safely. You can do real damage to your body by going off cold turkey. You need to report your doctor to the medical board. Good Luck.

      • Cathryn September 17, 2018, 6:21 pm

        I agree with Melanie. This “cold turkey” is extremely dangerous. Life threatening even!

  • Michelle August 23, 2018, 3:41 pm

    I was on Advair for several years for my asthma and felt it was time to finally quit. I actually just quit cold-turkey, and it’s been over a week and a half now. Ironically, my asthma has been completely fine, which tells me I didn’t really need to be on Advair for as long as I was.

    However, I have been experiencing some of the side effects listed on this page – fatigue, muscle soreness, depression. I have been researching and although Advair is not prednisone, it is still a corticosteroid and targets your adrenal gland.

    So I believe I am experiencing a drop in my adrenal function, but it will recover in time. Anyways, I’m surprised there isn’t more information online about these side effects due to Advair withdrawal.

  • Colin August 22, 2018, 2:14 pm

    I have been on Pred after being diagnosed with GCA and polymyalgia rheumatica 16 months ago. Started on 80mg down to 17mg daily now. Tried a few times to reduce but obviously tried to quickly. Coming down now 1 mg every 4 weeks and feel ok up to now.

    The only way in my experience is to come off very slowly. This is a horrible drug but it was either that or blindness or a stroke, I have bad days of course but still pretty fit, go to the gym twice a week and try and eat sensibly.

    My problem is I like a drink of beer, but hey-ho I’m still here. I am male 70. You people have my sympathy.

    • Becki August 27, 2018, 2:44 pm

      Colin, I too have GCA and started 60 mg prednisone 12-19-17. Have had such a tough time with drug that my rheumatologist suggested a very aggressive taper and was down to 2 mg per day last week but then my C Reactive Protein and ESR numbers went off the charts.

      When you said you tried to reduce but it didn’t work, was it because your CRP and ESR numbers went back up? I was not having any major symptoms other than the ones everybody on this site seemed to be having so I thought I was doing good.

      Dr. now put me back to 7mg per day and wants to do another PET scan but I hesitate for now. Just wondering if others are doing lab tests monthly and relying on CPR and ESR to determine the taper. Hope you are continuing to do well – please have a beer for me! Becki

  • JimD August 4, 2018, 11:41 am

    I have been on steroids for 12 years I have a progressive Autoimmune Disease of the eye and am not eligible for other treatment options. For 9 of them I was on 50 mgs a day. I’ve tapered down to 7.5 over the last 3 years. I forgot to take my prednisone for 2 or 3 days [not entirely sure which] and went into an adrenal crisis that almost required 911 two times.

    Both times I recognized the signs, realized I missed doses and took 150 mgs immediately. Both times I recovered, well, lived anyway. The second crisis happened yesterday, the pain today is excruciating [as I also have co-morbid fibromyalgia]. If you take steroids, know the symptoms of adrenal crisis and act fast. Also, don’t be an idiot like me and avoid the hospital.

    I SHOULD have called 911 and SHOULD have been monitored last night. Damage was definitely done. I’m about to leave a message for my doctor asking about an injection to have on hand in case of a situation like this and I don’t have 15 pills to take at once.

    We live almost an hour from the nearest hospital. Anyway, I just wanted to complain. It sucks to go through this. It is also a terrifying reality to face the fact that at this moment, without steroids I would certainly die without medical attention.

  • Sam July 28, 2018, 9:56 am

    I recently had bronchitis. Pretty bad actually. My airway was so constricted and I was struggling so hard to breathe, I would pass out. My Dr’s ingenious idea was prednisone (never taken it before). 10 day cycle; 40 mg (1 pill every 6 hours) for 4 days, 30 mg (1 every 8) for 3 days, 20 mg (1 every 12) for 2 days, and the final 10 mg 24 hours after the last of 20 mg dose.

    Now, keep in mind, I’m very small. Around 90 lbs and 4’9″. I am also an insulin dependent diabetic. I was awake for 4 days straight, barely eating, and my sugars jacked up over 400 on a constant, no matter how much I turned my pump up. (0.50 units per hour to nearly 2 units per hour. A lot!)

    I abruptly quit taking it on 4th day. I (it’s now the 2nd day after quitting). My body was crashing hard with no sleep or food and basically a total water diet. I feel the dosage was way too high for someone my size, and with never taking it before, I regret it. I will never again take this pill for anything.

    At this point, my body hurts so bad; as if I’ve been taking it for a long period of time. I can hardly move and I am a CNA by profession. This drug has truly affected me doing my job. My skin is broken out all over into very painful acne, my nerves are agitated in my legs and they are extremely itchy and swollen.

    And please don’t touch anywhere there’s a joint. I have horrific headaches. This is the worst reaction to a drug I have ever had, I cannot wait for this hell to be over!

    • Trish July 28, 2018, 4:32 pm

      Sam, The number one thing your doctor should’ve told you was that it would most definitely increase your blood sugar levels! He/she should’ve also had a plan in place to manage the fluctuations ahead of time. Smh… Two of children were really bad asthmatics when they were younger; they manage their triggers much better now in their older years, but Prednisone was the go-to drug to treat bad asthma flares.

      I never understood what my babies would say when they said, “Mommy, I feel so funny”. In their limited ability to express what the drug was doing to them, this was all that they could give me and thinking that I was doing them justice by continuing to give them their Prednisone each time it was prescribed, I never REALLY did deep research until I was affected by using it.

      I don’t know if I would’ve stopped giving it to them considering how bad their asthma was, but at a minimum, I would’ve been more informed and more diligent about finding alternatives to it. If nothing else, everyone impacted by the use of this drug for non-life threatening illnesses, where alternatives exist, can inform others where doctors neglect to do so.

      Forget textbook, this is real life experience and with so many reoccurring experiences, it’s too many to be a fluke.

  • Tawny July 27, 2018, 3:30 pm

    I was put on 60mg prednisone for an allergic reaction to a medication. After 5 days, I was lowered to 40mg for 3 days and then 20mg for 2 days. My last dose was 5 days ago. The last 3 days on it I felt a lot of anxiety!

    Very jittery and thought maybe my original dose was too high for me. Since stopping I have had a massive headache. Is this from the prednisone? I’ve been taking ibuprofen, but it doesn’t seem to touch it. I’m hoping this stops soon! I was only on for 10 days!

    • Ellie August 28, 2018, 5:17 pm

      Hi Tawny, sorry about your experience. I too had an adverse reaction to a drug, and was put on Kenalog 60 mg (equivalent to 80 prednisone). Now having severe withdrawal from the steroid. Did your drug reaction improve? Also how is the withdrawal from the prednisone? Hope you are doing better on both counts.

  • Thad July 24, 2018, 1:47 pm

    I was on this for 10 days, tapered off and the 2nd day after not taking a pill had extreme dizziness and felt like I was going to lose consciousness. I lost feeling in my right arms, fingertips were numb and could barely move my right hand.

    I had to leave work to go home and just rest. I read here that this is due to the steroid causing the adrenal glands to stop functioning. I know that Macca root powder helps support proper adrenal functioning, and licorice root stimulates the adrenal glands.

    I went to my local health food shop, bought maca powder and licorice root and made a tea in desperation. After drinking a cup of the tea (boiling 1 tablespoon of licorice root for five minutes, adding one heaping teaspoon of maca powder into the strained boiled concoction) I felt so much better.

    I have been drinking this tea daily now (sometimes twice daily) for nearly a week and haven’t had these symptoms return (although at times I feel very, very mild versions). I feel so much better. I can’t be sure it was the tea that helped, but I sure did feel better after doing this. Maybe it could help others as well.

    • Debbie August 6, 2018, 12:50 pm

      Thanks, Thad… I will try! Having the same issues after stopping this evil drug. Never again will I ever put prednisone in my body. Doctors need to warn patients of potential side effects before the first dose is taken.

      • peter August 20, 2018, 2:33 am

        I agree. Unless it’s death or prednisone, the prednisone will be my last choice of drug. I think all drugs are beneficial in that they give the body time to heal but for a short term only! (i.e. weeks only). I was on prednisone for two years which was way too long. Horrible life.

        The problem as I see it is that doctors today are not really doctors – they’re drug pushers. It came to be that every time I saw a doctor I would get a new script until I finally said enough and worked (intelligently) to withdraw from all drugs. I’m still here and feeling way better than I did while on the toxins.

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