Been on low dose prednisone for 5 years for sarcoidosis in lungs. Doctors can't figure out what causes intermittent lightheadedness (not dizzy). I have passed every heart, brain, ENT, PFT, vascular study, and blood test. O2 is always ok on oximeter. I call it prednipoison cause of rapid heartbeat, don't sleep well, and other minor effects. Had afib twice 4 years ago but none since. Doctors don't think prednisone can cause any illness. I can't find a prednisone expert either.
Are you taking your prednisone early in the morning and with food? I know if I take it later in the day or without food, it can cause heartburn and really keep me awake at night. Yes, it causes a rapid heartbeat which can be quite unsettling.
Perhaps you need to lower the dose?
- Prednisone Information for Consumers
- Prednisone Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Prednisone (detailed)
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