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The side effects of Prednisone:

Side effects of prednisone and other corticosteroids range from mild annoyances to serious, irreversible damage, and they occur more frequently with higher doses and more prolonged treatment. Side effects include retention of sodium (salt) and fluid, weight gain, high blood pressure, loss of potassium, headache and muscle weakness. Prednisone also causes puffiness of the face (moon face), growth of facial hair, thinning and easy bruising of the skin, impaired wound healing(this won’t help with the poison ivy), glaucoma, cataracts, ulcers in the stomach and duodenum, worsening of diabetes, irregular menses, rounding of the upper back (“buffalo hump”), obesity, retardation of growth in children, convulsions, and psychiatric disturbances. The psychiatric disturbances include depression, euphoria, insomnia, mood swings, personality changes, and even psychotic behavior.

So…if in a few days I need to walk with a cane, can’t talk because my face is swollen to twice the size, have a beard, am covered in oozing wounds, look like the humpback of Notre dame, fall on the ground convulsing and start thinking that the television is talking to me…make sure you get a video of it, it would make a great youtube.


  1. Tori

    August 13, 2008 at 12:45 pm

    I think they put the same warnings on all drugs… just in case… BTW, did you know your posts are truncated in my reader? you just want me to click over… huh!~

  2. Robin

    August 13, 2008 at 12:53 pm

    I did, it’s a curiosity thing to see who is reading through the blogines and not commenting. Not like I feel any better knowing, I probably won’t keep it this way :devil:

  3. Amanda

    August 13, 2008 at 1:14 pm

    Wow, good times. On the positive, if you get a hump or beard, you don’t need a costume for Avitable’s halloween party

  4. bluepaintred

    August 13, 2008 at 1:25 pm

    My sister has been on prednisone for a very long time.

    a banana a day will aid in the potassium loss.
    drink plenty of water – even though you are retaining fluids, and feel that this is the OPPOSITE of what you should do, do it.
    if you are on long enough, yes, you will grow a beard. My sister has a full beard. She shaves. DO NOT SHAVE. stubble on a woman is horrifying! (from what I understand, when you are finished with the prednisone, the hair growth stops)

    The prednisone s for the rash right? so you will only be on it for a few days/a week, until the rash is gone, with any luck, none of the side effects will occur in that short time.

    Hugs! :bpr:

  5. bluepaintred

    August 13, 2008 at 1:26 pm

    Sa-WEET! My comment went through on the FIRST TRY!!! :bpr: :bpr: :bpr:

  6. Robin

    August 13, 2008 at 1:27 pm

    Always looking on the brightside Amanda.

  7. Robin

    August 13, 2008 at 1:28 pm

    Well sadly I have a lot of the issues already such as facial hair but not so bad I have to shave. I’ll keep an eye on it all though. Yes, it’s for the poison ivy.

  8. Tori

    August 13, 2008 at 1:31 pm

    OK… I usually use the “next” feature on google reader, and that takes me to each page so I can comment. But I’m having a slow day at work so I was trying to be sly and just use the reader… so I wasn’t sure if you’d been that way for a while…

  9. bluepaintred

    August 13, 2008 at 1:38 pm

    Pfft. I think all women deal with stray hairs. i have two patches on either side of my upper lips that I pluck, and one freak hair on my jaw that isn’t there for a long time then BOOM its an inch long.

  10. Robin

    August 13, 2008 at 1:46 pm

    Nope, I’ll bring it back the normal way. I find it annoying too so it’s stupid I did it.

  11. Robin

    August 13, 2008 at 1:47 pm

    Oh definitely, yeah I have that same hair and it’s in the middle of my cheek. MM calls is “whisker” I think :whack:

  12. crystal

    August 13, 2008 at 7:44 pm

    Don’t worry, we went over this same stuff with a woman who was freaking out after reading the paperwork, and those side effects are mainly in the cases of people who are on it for long periods of time.

    Poison ivy is not one of those times.

    (however, it can make people anxious even if they’re on it a short time, so don’t be alarmed if you “don’t feel quite yourself” as my boss would say)

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