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Is there anything you can do to offset the bloating/weight gain of the prednisone treatment?

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BetsyBee 27 Jul 2011

This is one of the toughest problems for many of us on Prednisone. It is a REAL challenge, along with "moon face" (facial swelling). Recognize that it WILL happen, and try to be gentle with your self criticism. In the meanwhile, remember that drinking water actually reduces swelling, and cleanses your system. I am not sure why you are on a Prednisone regimen (I have severe lung issues, and I am limited in exercising), but I have started practicing Spring Forest Qi Gong (a 5,000-year-old Chinese healing practice), and it has helped with appetite, digestion, and breathing. I can also do it sitting down. Prednisone can also be constipating for some, so check on that. (laxative or increased fiber--I make good cole slaw). A friend says Miso soup helps with salt cravings. Best wishes---

rsavarese1 28 Jul 2011

Thanks for your response, I appreciate it. I will take your advice. Take care

Inactive 28 Jul 2011

I'm sorry to say there isn't. I was on prednisone for 2 years until asacol came out on the market. Please ask about Asacol if its for irritable bowel syndrome or colitis. The steroid prednisone theres no way to get around the puffyness and weight gain. I'm so sorry. Please don't thumbs down me cause your speaking to someone who is actually trying to help. Oh now there is Asacol HD... long release tablets. You won't have to take the steroid anymore. Write back if this is what your taking it for please.

rsavarese1 28 Jul 2011

No thumbs down at all I appreciate any input. I take for skin disorder and feel bad to even complain based on the responses of yourself and previous. You guys have serious issues, I deal with it on a more positive level now.

HPoole 30 Jul 2011

you may want to even try a diuretic (water pill). i suggest buying it from a health food store so it's not as harsh as your normal drugstore brands like diurex or aquaban.

Marshmallow 12 Oct 2016

Is it water retention. ??? The prednisone?

Inactive 30 Jul 2011

I know this is going to be hard to believe. My husband was on prednisone for years!! yes years, never had the bloating or wt gain!! I'm a nurse so I was shocked,he has just came off of it less than a year ago and was not weened off, just pulled him off of it, no problems. I just always thought it strange he never blew up. Because we all can usally tell when someone is on prednisone.

Eve54 30 Jul 2011

if your on that for a short term then usually within 3months you should be able to b back at ur old self again..prednisone causes weight gain, bloating and constipation, moon face as stated b4 but its a wonder drug for makes you hungry all the time... try to keep ur mind off food and do some simple exercises if possible. Eve54

Inactive 30 Jul 2011

This is not always the case, each person is diffrent and reacts diffrent to each med. Those may be the common side effects, but not everyone has them. My husband didn't and neither has his brother. Von

Marshmallow 13 Oct 2016

I'm not ever hungry on lifetime low dose. Never was. Food I look at as poison since had to be on such strict and now clean diet to protect my daughters gift to me ... its 25... I only eat local no GMO and no antibiotic steroids etc stuff. No processed salt sugars are carbs at all. Since April 2 2015. I've gained 80 lbs. so people are different. It's not what you eat. It's what you eat to keep bloating , which isn't a full feeling it's tight and swollen. I've gone gluten free. Helps a lot. We're obviously all different. Mine is probably the daily low dose. To,or row hoping they will consider with all other problems it's causing. Pre diabetic hi cholesterol all drug induced like bone density and eye problems horribly to quit taking it. There seems to be the same graft life either way. I may be different sine I'm lifer... or maybe not. Ha!

paulaprezzy4321 8 Nov 2017

I am on dex now for the last 3 weeks to try shrink a brain tumor that returnd 30 years affter sergery so be going have it removed in the next 4 week soon i get over pnewmonia... the bloteing so bad but i baught a thing from the farmacy you put into the microwave warm up helps take it down with in the hour..also when i take them i drink a mix of apple cider vinegar 1 full fresh leon squesed into pint of boiling water with hunny takes it right down... and also i drink lots green tea all day long with did get so bad first one in morning diddent realy blote but ghe next lot takes bout 10 mins for me to go from a 8 stone to 12 stone and carnt move even when went to bed no sleep as did not shift..but no i not to bad atall hope this helps ppl as its can vet so bad and also makes you so depresed good luck free discount card

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