Prednisone pros and cons

I’ve been somewhat fearful about going off prednisone, but it won’t be all bad.

Here is my list of pros and cons about being on a low dose of prednisone:

Pros of staying on prednisone:

  1. Prednisone, even on low doses, seems to control my arthritis.
  2. Allergy control. I have a lot of allergies, not just to foods and medicines, but also to dust, fur, smoke, pollen, spores, etc. etc. Prednisone makes hayfever more bearable.
  3. Steroids make me cheerful and energetic. If I go off them, I risk depression and lethargy.
  4. Avoiding going through withdrawal (i.e. short-term symptoms).

Pros of going off prednisone:

  1. One less reason for the Exceptional Access Program to mess with funding my Remicade.
  2. Reduced risk of glaucoma, osteoporosis, and other side effects of long-term steroid use.
  3. Reduce water retention.
  4. Gain muscle (prednisone inhibits muscle growth).

So long as I don’t have arthritis problems or feel depressed, I will consider going off prednisone to be a net gain situation, even if it means buying new and smaller bras. 🙂

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