Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Can Prednisone make me feel crazy?


If you've ever taken it, you already know the answer is an emphatic YES!! Here's a visual from my friend and artist Rose Kelly about her trip to the "Prednizone" while undergoing chemo.

16 comments:

judycolby said...

Would be like having Cushing's!

Ruth said...

I was on 50 mg for 5 days because of asthma a few years ago. My brain never shut down and when I tried to sleep, I had techicolour visuals constantly when my eyes were closed. Awful stuff! Well illustrated. :-)

Elaine said...

I just finished 8 days (decreasing doses) for an asthma attack and I hate this drug! Talk about irritable and cranky - I could have won an award for being "hell to live with".

Dr. Chaffie said...

hahaha..
that's good illustration :)

Cilicious said...

hah
I've never been on prednisone, but that illustration is a vivid warning to me.

Mauigirl said...

We had a cat that was on Prednisone for some ailment and he went whacko. Normally mild-mannered, he became totally paranoid, and ensconced himself in the rafters of our basement, hissing and yowling at everyone who tried to come near him. Luckily the effect was temporary.

Anonymous said...

this is when I love alternative healing , oh yeah, it is considered 'placeabo'....

Charlotte said...

I was on 40 mg for 3 weeks for Ulcerative colitis flare-up. I have 3 kids, 5 years old and under and I stay home with them. I had to ask for a lot of help and support from family and husband. Otherwise.......I don't want to think about it. I am down to just 20 mg. and already I see the difference, and I can play with my kids again. 2 wks and I am done.

Anonymous said...

I've just started my fourth treatment on Prednisone for ulcerative colitis. I'm on 60mg for at least 4 weeks. I'd have to say your illustration does justice, and it's comforting to see that their's someone who knows how i'm feeling on this drug. I feel like my heart is going light speed most of the time, and i'm really hoping I don't get the same mood swings and horrific personality I did the first three times I was on it. I've also experienced insomnia, muscle weakness/atrophy, euphoria to depression at the snap of a finger, which lead to a total lack of motivation to do the things I love like school work (okay so I don't love doing school work but it's a nesecity), going out with friends, weight lifting, art, mucic etc etc.

Rach said...

Prednisone + Bipolar Disorder = BAD MIX
I threw an entire set of dishes during the 3 days I was on the drug.
Apparently it can trigger psychosis!
Who knew?!

Anonymous said...

I'm on prednisone for a crazy poison ivy breakout. I'm kind of enjoying the feeling of being on it because I feel focused and energized. But I just can't get it to stop. I only slept three hours last night. My brain and body just go and go. I'm not depressed or anxious, just really hyper. My pulse feels kind of quick and if i jsy sit around my chest feels tight. Seems like i just have to keep "doing". Im looking forward to ending my cycle so I can feel like myself again. It's been kind of wild. Im usually such a mellow scattered kind of person. Never knew I could be so decicive and get so many things done. Straight adrenaline for four days. Hope I sleep tonight.... Based on how "winning!!!!" I'm feeling....I doubt it. Hah.

Anonymous said...

One day left on prednisone. I'm down to 10mg from 60mg. My heart feels like I just ran a marathon, I can't stop cleaning and I'm usually a messy person. I feel like getting up and running down the street but I'm scared my heart will stop since it's already racing. I'm always hot and I'm starved 24 hours a day. I can't sleep so the doctor gave me Ambien. This medicine is only to be used if you REALLY need it. One good thing is that my acne cleared up.

Caitlyn said...

Lol that's me!

Anonymous said...

I get tired of people saying you do not get the side effects from small doses of prednidone. Ihave taken prednisone for many years due to asthma. 20 mg. Makes me crazy and we need our own support group for people suffering from this drug. Im on it now and sometimes i would rather not breathe then take this evil medication. Just know uou are not alone.

ambrerose said...

I was on it for 18 months for Sarcoidosis. I gained over 100 lbs, thinking became increasingly difficult and I was always red hot and sweating. The final six months I couldn't even do the simple math to cut the pills to decrease dosage and I was having hallucinations. Happily, when I have to go on short term, 1-4 weeks, it's great. I feel no pain, have energy and can do things that are near impossible normally. Unfortunately, there will be a crash to follow.

Anonymous said...

I took prednisone for for 12 days for a shingles outbreak I had. All of the sudden I was needlessly vicious to everyone around me. Not only was I saying and emailing mean things, but thinking it as well. it wasn't until someone asked me, "why are you so mean lately?" that I 'snapped' out of it and realized something was wrong.
I went to a psychologist and they told me it was the prednisone. No one told me of the side effects or anything. I wish I had known before. I had a LOT of apologies to make.