My Doctor gave me steroids :)

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    Jul 30, 2009 10:07 AM GMT
    Kinda.. she gave me a corticosteroid, more specifically

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

    for my asthma, I recently started having massive problems with breathing more specifically when working out..

    so.. it's all been fun.. we are hoping it's not my heart ECG is all good, lung tests are above perfect for my age, size, fitness.. bla bla bla

    Anyway, was reading the adverse side effects on wikipedia hahaha



    Possible side effects include fluid retention of the face (moon face, Cushing's syndrome), acne, constipation, and mood swings.

    A lengthy course of prednisolone can cause bloody or black tarry stools; filling or rounding out of the face; muscle cramps or pain; muscle weakness; nausea; pain in back, hips, ribs, arms, shoulders, or legs; reddish-purple lines on arms, face, legs, trunk or groin; thin and shiny skin; unusual bruising; urinating at night; rapid weight gain; and wounds that will not heal.

    Swelling of the pancreas has also been reported.

    Prednisolone can cause increased blood sugar levels for diabetics.

    Other effects include decreased or blurred vision, increased eye pressure, increased thirst, confusion, rare cases of dementia in otherwise healthy elderly patients and nervousness.

    It also is reported to cause insomnia when taken.


    Thank gawd I'm not doing a long course, it's just 5 days icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jul 30, 2009 10:15 AM GMT


    Should I be worried? Don't worry about any muscle aches or pains as I will tend to "em" and kneed them away as far as the stool issue...... I'll let Muchmorethanm... tend to that!.....LOL

    Feel better soon, much love frm the other side of the pond!
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    Jul 30, 2009 10:17 AM GMT
    So did mine. Ages ago. Pft!

    Oh and P.S. did you know that the other drug Salbutamol the active ingredient in Ventolin inhalers is also used for weight-loss? As an alternative for Clenbuterol... also a bronchodilator, which is banned in Olympic athletes too.
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    Jul 30, 2009 10:22 AM GMT
    I know I know.. it's stuff that makes things smaller hahaha icon_razz.gif
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    Jul 30, 2009 12:53 PM GMT
    Hope you have a healthy recovery!
  • Timbales

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    Jul 30, 2009 1:03 PM GMT
    I had horrible mood swings when my allergist put me on Prednisone.
  • ThinBlueFlame

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    Jul 30, 2009 1:13 PM GMT
    I was on vacation in Prague and felt like crap. When I went to the doctor they told me I had mono and prescribed prednisone to help with the allergic reaction. The stuff worked like magic! Within 4 hours of taking the first dose I was feeling almost back to normal. Before I wasn't able to eat or drink because my throat had swollen so much and it was too painful.

    I had a 12 day course of the meds, and one of the most important things the doctor told me was to not drink alcohol while taking it. It can do serious damage to your liver.

    Get to feeling better soon!
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    Jul 30, 2009 1:23 PM GMT
    muchmorethanmuscle saidI'm not saying that Ben is moody but he's a passionate guy so I'm a little worried. icon_smile.gif

    ARE YOU CALLING ME FAT BITCH??????????????????

    Just cause I'm a little big vocal and cause I like food.. they suddenly start judging me.. Who do you all think you are..

    I am sooooo not going to cry.. I promised my self I wouldn't I mean serious.. you guys are soooooo totally not wor

    Oh


    Chocolate

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    I love you guys!
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    Jul 30, 2009 1:32 PM GMT
    lilTanker,

    I take corticosteroids everyday, in my asthma and allergy medicine. And I've done the prednisolone many times, usually after a bad allergic reaction. As a kid i was on the stuff constantly. My cheeks were so puffy I looked like a chipmunk icon_lol.gif

    A five day course is no big deal. So is your doc going to put you some inhaler to take before exercising?
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    Jul 30, 2009 1:40 PM GMT
    medfordguy saidA five day course is no big deal. So is your doc going to put you some inhaler to take before exercising?

    already have the inhalers two of them to be exact, I can't remember the names, ones a standard inhaler to deal with the exercise enduced asthma which makes me cough after my workout (I sound like I'm hacking up a lung) and the other one which is some forte one and feels like I'm trying to breath in flour was suppose to help with.. umm.. keep the bronchial tubs open and keep the inflammation down..

    I hate the white one, hopefully once this course is over I wont have to keep using it.
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    Jul 30, 2009 1:44 PM GMT
    Too bad hormones are the only way to deal with asthma

    Be careful and be sure to monitor the effects for the first 3-4 weeks.
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    Jul 30, 2009 2:07 PM GMT
    lilTanker said
    medfordguy saidA five day course is no big deal. So is your doc going to put you some inhaler to take before exercising?

    already have the inhalers two of them to be exact, I can't remember the names, ones a standard inhaler to deal with the exercise enduced asthma which makes me cough after my workout (I sound like I'm hacking up a lung) and the other one which is some forte one and feels like I'm trying to breath in flour was suppose to help with.. umm.. keep the bronchial tubs open and keep the inflammation down..

    I hate the white one, hopefully once this course is over I wont have to keep using it.


    Hmm, big white inhaler thingee, I wonder if it's azmacort (triamcinolone acetonide). I hated that one, but needed it to get my asthma under control. When I started it, I had to take 8 puffs a day along with Serevent (salmeterol xinafoate). Serevent now has a big black box warning that it can cause sudden death in patients, so I'm glad I'm off of it, as a stand-alone. Researchers suspect that since Serevent is only a bronciodilator, the relief it brings could be masking tissue inflammation in the lungs, which it does not treat. Used with a corticosteroid, like azmacort, lessens the instances of sudden death.

    Right now, I take one inhaler, Advair Diskus 250/50 (fluticasone propionate 250 mcg and salmeterol 50 mcg), twice a day. the flucticason propionate is the corticosteroid, which controls inflammation and the salmeterol is a brochiodilator. This has worked wonders for me, and I seldom use my rescue inhaler (albuterol), maybe once or twice a month. I go to my allergist twice a year to monitor my medicine, and I might cut the dosage of the Advair after my next visit.
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    Jul 30, 2009 4:10 PM GMT
    QUOTE AUTHOR GOES HERE
    Possible side effects include fluid retention of the face (moon face, Cushing's syndrome), acne, constipation, and mood swings.


    Moon Face - lol. Sounds like Stephen Colbert doing one of his drug company disclaimer skits.
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    Jul 30, 2009 5:33 PM GMT
    There's always a give and take, it seems. Cortisone can be nasty if you get to much of it, for to long, like a lot of things.

    I have to giggle at the one asthma inhaler commercial.."may cause premature asthma related DEATH."

    Cortisone is a CATABOLIC steroid, as opposed to an anabolic steroid, which means that it's muscle and tissue wasting. Many have tried to lower their use of it for that reason. There's some field of study that says you should allow inflammation to run its course. Cortisone masks symptoms. No doubt, though, it clearly has a place in medicine, and can be a god send for some. Clearly, in the case of an allergic reaction, cortisone really helps to get things calmed down. Most doctors would likely tell you it's over used but highly effective in most cases.

    In the case of your asthma, it may be a balancing act of a bit of cortisone vs the side effects. That's often the case with stuff.
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    Jul 30, 2009 5:40 PM GMT
    I tool Prednisone for Asthma when I was 11, and it made me a fucking CRAZY. Like, I was an emotional, sobbing, meltdown, nutjob, and they had to take me off it two days later. No bueno!! icon_sad.gif
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    Jul 30, 2009 5:59 PM GMT
    My mother has been on prednisone for years, and it's done a number on her from weakened bones to other things. She's sort of stuck on it now. Granted, she has major health issues, and this is one of the only things that works for her now.

    I understand it's pretty good in the short term but don't get hooked on it long term.
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    Jul 30, 2009 6:11 PM GMT

    Your doc has done the right thing. Don't worry about it. I was on steroids ( a moderate dose) for 7 years for my rheumatoid arthritis. I eventually got off them three years ago. Two key things minimised the side effects - healthy eating and exercise - weights 3 times a week and 2 cv sessions. My bones did not crumble away and I did not get fluid retention.
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    Jul 30, 2009 7:44 PM GMT
    Hey Tanker

    Sorry about your asthma acting up. But, as you undoubtedly know, asthma attacks are nothing to play with.

    I've been on prednisone for a couple of weeks because of a series of serious allergic reactions. My doctor described it as 'the ultimate in necessary evils'. As you've heard from others, the potential side effects are all over the place. In my case, it makes me nauseated, restless, scatter-brained and irritable. I also bruise very easily.

    I have had the bad luck of being exposed to some kind of infection while I'm being intentionally immunosuppressed by the prednisone. My son has some kind of throat infection and high fever. Having ruled out strep as the source of his infection, I am now on an anti-viral drug that is playing havoc with my gut, but is supposedly making it less likely I will catch whatever my son has.

    I'm not sure what dose of prednisone your doctor has you on. I am on 80 mg three times per day for a few more days, then we will taper off it reducing the dose by 20mg per dose every three days until I'm off. You may want to double check with your doctor and/or pharmacist that he or she is ok with taking you off it all at once.

    Best of luck.

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    Jul 31, 2009 1:44 AM GMT
    Hey guys, thanks heaps for all the encouragement, info and good words icon_biggrin.gif

    It's very much appreciated!

    I start the course tomorrow (saturday morning) and it's short and mild, the dosage is one in the morning for 5 days and thats it which is really cool..

    I wont suffer any big symptoms, but I might get a little mood swings, but I already get them hahaha icon_biggrin.gif

    If this doesn't help though it'll be more tests and shit so YAY here's hoping icon_biggrin.gif