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What Are the Side Effects of Prednisone?

07/08/2010

Question:

I am being investigated for rheumatoid disease and am currently taking prednisone. I find some relief with this new drug in addition to the oxycocet. Of course, one of my concerns is the high sugar readings. (19ish) I am usually between 5 and 9. My main concern is wondering what the short-term effects will be (4 Weeks) on my body with consistantly high readings.

Answer:

The short term effect of high blood sugar readings is negligible, unless they are really high (over 500). You might feel a bit more tired, have to urinate more frequently, and be more thirsty, but other than these quality of life issues, there should be no long-term or lasting negative effects.

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Response by:

W. Fred Miser, MD W. Fred Miser, MD
Associate Professor of Family Medicine
Director of Ohio State Medicine Residency Program
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University