My doc has switched me from prednisone to budesonide.However I still have swelling in the face and also tremendous weight gain specially in the stomach area.The doc says this will reduce gradually.Can someone confirm this as right now I feel like a pregnant cow!
23 Sep 2010
though i have not taken prednisone, i know someone who did for approx. 6 mo. and had a lot of weight gain. when i read up on it, i found that it was not a drug one should take for a long period of time due to its possible side effects. losing weight, count the calories you have each day and be honest with yourself, stay within the amt. for the weight you should be at and you will lose the weight. of course exercise too - make it something you like doing and it won't be a chore. there are books to buy that help with the amount of calories in each portion of food you eat, and usually have a chart for the weight/calorie ratio. keep track for each day in a notebook, calories, what and when you ate, exercise, and weight. takes time, but it will work. and of course don't eat after 7pm.
24 Sep 2010
YES!!! Any form of steroid, whether it be administered orally or intravenously will cause weight gain (sometimes significant, dependent on the dose). My first "meeting" with IV steroids was for approximately one week in the hospital for a Crohn's exacerbation... tapering dose over those few days. I was discharged on Prednisone 100mg daily, along with almost 30 extra pounds. You will lose this weight over time with the tapering of the steroids, as long as your caloric intake and exercise routine continue. Have lots of patience... steroids are tough... you'll get off of them and return to normal. Good luck!
25 Sep 2010
Every time my son goes on pred, he gains waight and gets the moon face. He usually loses it all in a month or so after stopping the meds. I always have to remind him that it is worth it, so It is worth it to feel better! I hope that you feel better & remember that you are still you and not a pergo cow!!!
7 Apr 2012
Yes you will gain weight, but you'll feel a lot better. But swelling in the face and specially in the stomach, that's how it is. And of course once you stop using it, the swelling will be reduced, but gradually. Finally and more important is the way you feel, NOT the way you look. Thanks God that you have access to this medicine and it worked for you and now there's something else that hopefuly will work for you
23 Jul 2012
I have been taking Budesonide for almost 2 1/2 years and I also feel like a pregnant cow!! I am just PRAYING that this weight will go away as soon as I stop taking them! I am greatful that the meds helped me - but feeling/being so heavy is having quite the effect on my self esteem!!
12 Aug 2012
After losing a drastic 40 lbs in a month and dropping to 116lbs I was admitted for for days on liquid prednisone. When I was out I was put on a large pill dosage of prednisone and gained 96lbs. It wasn't fun! But when I was off of it I started shedding weight simply from being off bed rest and walking. Also because I couldn't eat enough to support my current weight. Now I exercise every day. It's really tough to get rid of though.
3 Jul 2013
Oh dear madiga, I have been on prednisone for the better part of 28+ yrs. It is one of my maintenance drugs for Crohns, any where from 20 to 40 mg daily. When I would have flare w. vomiting, diarrhea, etc I would be hospitalized for dehydration and prenisone was upped from what ever I had been taking at home. It did relieve symtoms, however, weight gain comes with it in high doses (different for everyonre. With additional fluids AND higher pred, hospital stays always left me with an extra 20-30 pounds in just a few weeks. Most was water weight, which they gave me Lasix for. Got rid of some, not all extra weight. I get sick and lose weight, get treated with extra measures and gain weight. Anything over 15 mg a day (for me) is extra weight no matter how little I eat. I literally have clothing from size 5 to size 16 due to the weight fluncuation. No way around it with prednisone, however, prenisone has pulled me out of some very rough flares. The bad comes with the good. I'll be glad to talk more with you if you want. Take care, be well as can be...
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