No it does not, people have trouble sleeping while on prednisone. But not all organisms react in the same way to medications (benefits, side effects, etc... )
Do contact your Dr. and discuss this further due to that a common side effect of this medication which is "Difficulty sleeping".-
I took prednisone this morning, my first time ever (10mg). due to major facial pain/swelling supposedly brought on by sinus infection. I also have sarcoidosis so this may be exacerbating my symptoms. Immediately after taking it, I was ready to crash and I went back to bed for some much needed rest. Allergy medications have the same effect on me... so prednisone may make you sleepy as well, despite the cautions of sleeplessness as a side effect.
I am currently on Prednisone for poison ivy. I was proscribed 30mg for three days then 20mg for 3 days then 10MG for three days. I am absolutely not functioning on this medication. I slept 11 hours last night. Got up took my Prednisone within an hour I was ready to go back to sleep. I slept all day I just finished diner here and I'm probably going back to sleep. For me. Yes Prednisone makes me Very Very tired. More than benadryl.
I'm currently on a course of Prednisone to treat sciatica, and I'm having a hard time staying away for more than 3-4 hours at a time. I'm on vacation this week so I'm napping several times a day, but wouldn't be able to take this during a normal work week, just cannot stay awake long enough to function normally.
On prednisone i felt on a high and had insomnia, the sleepyness and extreme fatique happened after my course had finished, then reoccuring chest infections, muscle pain, lethargic... this drug is lethal... i have to go back on them at a high dose to clear up chest infections that dont respond to antibiotics... its a vicious cycle... now im on 5mg per day just to stop the joint aches from crippling me.
I am taking Prednisone for PMR, 3 mg per day. I noticed rather quickly that my sleep improved dramatically. I attributed this to the fact that, thanks to the Pred, I was no longer in pain with body movements. However lately I have been sleeping longer and longer at times--8 1/2 hours last night--and this afternoon while working on my computer I got sleepy and took a half hour nap. Not due to food as I'd had a very light lunch.
For most people this is not the case. Prednisone works with the adrenaline system therefore for most people they are more edgy, have a hard time sitting still and difficulty sleeping. Some will gain weight and or have a swollen face often referred to as "moon face due to fluid retention. These symtoms are usually for people who gave been on it a while. A 5-7 day z pack will not cause these problems. Most will either have no trouble sleeping or will not be able to sleep or fall asleep easily. I have read that, for long term use, it has a stimulant effect, I have been on it for the better part of 30 yrs and sleep has always been hard to get.
Yes, I am on a round of prednisone now for severe asthma (exasperated) 40mg for a few days, 30 for a few, 20 on so on. I was nervous because my friend said it made his heart race. And the doctor told me to watch the carbs because of weight gain. Today is my first dose and I am tired and loopy, heart rates fine, no sweating etc... I guess everyone's body reacts different.
Six days ago, I started a very low dose of prednisone (2.5mg), for undetermined autoimmune disease. There have been several times in the past, where I've taken a taper-pack, which I tolerated quite well. This low does is making me feel very peculiar-- spaced out and kinda tired, as if I'm my brain can't make decisions.
I have been on prednisone for adrenal insufficiency since January of 2018. I am exhausted. The more I take, the worse it gets so I have to say, it gets old hearing that it is not the prednisone that is doing it. Sure it is. I do not even feel this tired without it. It's crazy how tired I am. All I keep hearing regarding the adrenal insufficiency is, you are not on enough. The higher the dose, the worse I feel, so I disagree. I am indoors sleeping due to prednisone.
I am exhausted on it and like someone else said, I can't make decisions or think. It's like an anesthesia type feeling. It's awful.
I don't know why people say, it can't be the prednisone. Sure it can!
- Prednisone Information for Consumers
- Prednisone Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Prednisone (detailed)
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