I also have anxiety / depression. I take 10 mg of Lexapro. I would like to know, is there something I could take that might act more prednisone?
Hi Laurbeth - It would have been more helpful to post this question as "conversational" because the people who have already commented... can only do so once. If you post again... try using "conversational" so that people can go back and forth with you... I know you didn't know what the difference was so there you have it.
Now about your question... you didn't mention what you were taking prednisone for. I will tell you that I have been on prednisone many times throughout my adult years and has left me with osteoarthritis. I am currently recovering from one hip replacement and I am only 57. Kind of young for that nonsense. You don't want that and I wish I knew how old you are??? So, you are looking for something that gives you that feeling of being "alert" and "alive" with a bit of an edge... does that sound about right? So I am going to take a stab in the dark here and recommend "PROVIGAL" because you are looking for something that helps you have that feeling of being able to do more things and being alert and ready to go (so to speak) that prednisone gives you. The reason it does that is because it messes with your adrenal glands and the output of cortisol plus the thyroid. That isn't always a good thing. Because when you come off of prednisone you might end up in a bit of a slump. But beings you are already taking "psych" meds... ask your doctor about "PROVIGAL" and also do some research on it yourself so your doctor knows why you might like to try something that helps you feel more alert and alive and ready to do more stuff! Also, for lots of people who suffer from depression, the underlying cause of it is thyroid issues... like hypothyroidism. You can do research on hypothyroidism and look for the symptoms: depression is among the most common symptoms. Just a thought for you there. I have recommended a book that I use as my "bible" for conditions and symptoms of the thyroid. It is a fabulous read and a really inexpensive book.. just a few dollars from sources like amazon or even your library. It is called: THYROID POWER: 10 STEPS TO TOTAL HEALTH by Dr. Shames, M.D. and his wife Karilee Shames, R.N., PhD. This book opened up my eyes and allowed me to ask my endocrinologist the right questions regarding my condition of hypothyroidism and how to best treat me. It is a quick read and written in laymen's terms. But the symptoms are what caught my attention. The conditions that are being treated as diseases when the culprit is the thyroid. I think it might help you determine what is going on with you besides some doctor telling you what is wrong and just prescribing stuff for you to try. I like being pro-active in my care and this book surely pointed me in a better direction. There is a section at the end of the book that is written specifically for doctors and I showed my doctor this book, too. I went in with questions and I understood her feedback. But it was more of a conversation we were having that I have never had before with another doctor. She was actually open to the suggestions mentioned in the book and I do feel better than I have in a long time... as far as thyroid goes. If your thyroid doesn't function right... none of the rest of you does either. Just my $2.00 worth of information. I highly recommend this book and hope that it also helps you figure out how you want to be treated and if you are being treated properly for the conditions you have. I think I forgot to mention that you could be having thyroid issues because the basic test comes out normal for way too many people. There was even a news article in the recent past discussing the new disease: hypothyroidism... it isn't new at all. Most doctors just don't do further testing once the first test comes back normal or within range...
Best of luck and I hope you will write more because I, too, may have misunderstood your question. But my fingers are now tired...
Please research Addison's disease/adrenal insufficiency, a disease where the body is unable to produce cortisol. This condition causes depression and anxiety. By taking prednisone you are currently remedying the problem as pred is a glucocorticoid. You need to mention this to your doctor and request a cortisol and ACTH test as although it's easy to treat, untreated it can eventually culminate in adrenal crisis which is fatal so diagnosis is crucial. Please let me know the outcome!
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