My Mother was taking 35 mgs of Prednisone for Arterial arteritis. She has been reducing slowly (With Doctors orders) she is down to 6 mgs. The whole time she was on she would get terrible head aches and now they seem to be lessoning. I hope they go away all together. Overall she feels bad no energy, depressed. Is this common when comming off this medication? I can't find a good site that discusses the side effects when reducing Prednisone.
Dropping from 35mg of prednisone can be painful. I've used it at 60mg and higher with my Rheumatoid Arthritis. I've had headaches, muscle pain in my legs, back and arms from reducing too fast where I could barely walk across the room.
She needs to taper very slowly and it appears the dr knows that. If the pain is TOO severe she should slow down the taper with the dr's approval.
Prednisone is serious medication being a steroid. It has all kinds of side effects. It's good for what it's used for but it isn't without problems using it for most people. Good luck and hope that helps.
- Prednisone Information for Consumers
- Prednisone Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Prednisone (detailed)
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