Quote from OB_or_NICU_hopeful
My husband has Ulcerative Colitis and takes Prednisone with flare-ups.....it is such a powerful drug. It adds weight in strange places (his jaws) and he had to begin seeing a cardiologist for uncontrolled HBP. He weaned off of it about a month ago and had an "episode" at work. He passed out and fell flat on his face (and broke his nose). They think that due to weaning off the Pred, his BP medicine lowered his BP TOO MUCH. Geez, it's nasty stuff up until the end!!!! However, he ate CONSTANTLY while on the drug. I'm not a nurse, but wanted to share an experience with steroids.
See, other than the eating part, that sounds like what happened to me. The day after I stopped taking the steriods, I went to pick my daughter up from her nanny (who had her for 2 weeks straight..that is how sick I was), we went to the Walmart to stock up on groceries, and I was a little dizzy, but not too bad. When I got home and started putting up the groceries, the entire room started spinning...I put my daughter in her crib and called one of my friends, told her to come over immediately b/c I thought I was going to pass out.
It was the exact same sensation that I got when I was in the hospital after giving birth (I had PIH), but when they gave me the blood pressure meds, it dropped too low, and I passed out at the hospital. My friend came over and after a couple of hours, I felt perfectly normal, so her and I called each other on the phone all the next day as a safety precaution.
I did call the doctor's office to ask about my blood pressure but they wanted me to come in for an office visit and were going to charge me again, and I just absolutely didn't have the money.
I'm not really used to asking about side effects for drugs, I guess because I have never been prescribed anything that had any that were that pronounced. The pharmacist didn't say anything, and the only thing the doctor said was to wait a day before starting them.
I really appreciate everyone's responses, but it's a lesson for me, in the future, to ask about side effects if I'm taking something brand new. I've just never taken anything that kicked my &%@! like that stuff did!