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November 21st, 2008, 10:04 AM
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So I'm on an oral steroid for my infection called Prednisone. One of the common side effects is increased frequency of hunger. Now my question is, is it burning up calories or fat to cause that hunger? Or is it a synthetic hunger (as in not true hunger)? Anyone have any ideas?

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November 21st, 2008, 10:19 AM
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hmm i don't know but I am quite curious.

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November 21st, 2008, 11:34 AM
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I found these for you.. might help you out with the hunger side effect. I know it doesn't answer you question, nothing on the net doesn't explains why it even causes hunger... probably best just to ask the doc next time you call or see him.

Tips on how to handle some of the common side-effects of Prednisone (always
inform your doctor of any side-effects you experience while taking this or any other
prescription medication):

Avoid high-sodium foods and cut down on the amount of salt you add to your

Eat more protein and less carbohydrates/sweets. Prednisone interferes with
proper carbohydrate & sugar metabolism (if you are diabetic, you will need
to monitor your blood sugar levels carefully while taking this medication).

Eat foods high in potassium. Parsley is a good option because it is a natural
diuretic, and so will not have negative side-effects (unlike most prescription
"water pills"); make tea with 1 teaspoon parsley flakes to 1 cup boiling water
- pour boiling water over the flakes & let steep 2-4 minutes before drinking.
No need to strain out the leaves, unless you are trying to avoid fiber. Some
other food sources of potassium include potato (with skins left on), fish,
dairy, legumes (beans & peas), winter squash, yams, fruits, wheat bran,
garlic, nuts, black-strap molasses, and brewers yeast.

Exercise. Start slowly & keep the body moving gently, low impact to start if
you are deconditioned. This will help combat osteoporosis (especially if you
use resistance exercises like weight training, aerobics, rapid walking, etc.),
and will help to prevent the stagnation of fluids in the extremities (arms &
legs) which can lead to infections or other unpleasant side-effects.

Water. Drink lots of water (8-12 full-size glasses a day, minimum; more if you
are doing any exercise). Avoid caffeine, soda pop, and artificial fruit juice
drinks, and just stick to plain ol' water for best results. Purified water is best,
since it won't have the harmful additives/chemicals of tap water. Drinking
enough fluids each day will help prevent water retention, muscle cramping,
and headaches.

Avoid stimulants (like caffeine & sugar) because they can raise blood
pressure even more than what Prednisone already does, which contributes
to mood swings, heart rhythm problems, water retention, muscle cramps,

Eat smaller meals more often, so your body isn't in a feast/famine
reactionary metabolism state. The goal is to provide steady calories &
nutrition without the typical hills/valleys of the 3 meals/day tradition. This will
help maintain consistant blood sugar levels, which then helps combat the
cravings and hunger Prednisone can cause.

Oil. Rub some olive or sesame oil on your skin to help soften & moisturize it.
Aloe vera is also a good thing to rub on your skin. These will help combat the
overstretching & consequent skin damage that occurs when you gain water
weight that fast.

For insomnia, use chamomile tea, a relaxing bath and/or lavendar essential
oil (add a drop to your bathwater if you want, or just burn a scented candle or
put a drop on a lightbulb you are using in the room where you are

Take vitamin & mineral supplements at least 2 hours apart from any
medications, as it is common for nutritional factors to interfere with
medications and/or the medications to interfere with the vitamins & minerals.

For osteoporosis prevention and to help control stomach acid problems,
take 1000-1500mg/day calcium & 500-800mg/day magnesium
supplements. Do not take these two minerals within 2 hours (before or after)
of taking Prednisone because they both will inhibit absorption of
Prednisone, and Prednisone inhibits absorption of calcium & magnesium.

Acne can be minimized by swabing the face (or wherever the acne occurs)
twice daily with rubbing alcohol or hydrogen peroxide (3% solution, sold in
most drug stores) before you apply make-up or lotions (allow alcohol or
hydrogen peroxide to evaporate fully before you apply any lotions or
make-up), regular bathing and hair-washing, drinking enough fluids, and
avoiding foods high in fats and refined sugar (i.e., avoid "junk foods").

Here's the site i got this from http://www.wegenersgranulomatosis.net/SIDE_EFFECTS.html
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November 21st, 2008, 11:45 AM
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I knew prednisione could mess with your blood sugars because my son Steven was diagnosed with diabetes at the time he was taking it and I was so hoping it was only elevated from the prednisone. (Which in hindsight he had symptoms for months, but I think the prednisone just made them show more clearly.) I would imagine that the way it effects carbohydrate metabolism is why you feel hungry, but that's my best guess. I have had to take some type of steroid can't remember if it was prednisone or not when I had bronchitis before. It never made me feel hungry, but I was so sick I didn't have the energy to be hungry. I hope you are feeling better soon!

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November 21st, 2008, 02:56 PM
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Actually, prednisone is one of the steroids that promotes fat storage. You want to make sure you really stick to your healthy habits while on it so that you don't gain too much.
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