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Review: could Prednisone cause A-fib (Atrial fibrillation/flutter)?

Summary: A-fib is found among people who take Prednisone, especially for people who are male, 60+ old, have been taking the drug for < 1 month, also take medication Aspirin, and have Rheumatoid arthritis.

We study 146,763 people who have side effects while taking Prednisone from FDA and social media. Among them, 2,584 have A-fib. Find out below who they are, when they have A-fib and more.

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Prednisone

Prednisone has active ingredients of prednisone. It is often used in rheumatoid arthritis. (latest outcomes from 150,083 Prednisone users)

A-fib

A-fib (most common type of arrhythmia) has been reported by people with high blood pressure, osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, multiple myeloma. (latest reports from 86,654 A-fib patients)

On Jan, 27, 2015: 146,763 people reported to have side effects when taking Prednisone. Among them, 2,584 people (1.76%) have A-fib.

Trend of A-fib in Prednisone reports

Time on Prednisone when people have A-fib * :

< 1 month1 - 6 months6 - 12 months1 - 2 years2 - 5 years5 - 10 years10+ years
A-fib37.10%35.48%8.60%8.60%4.84%4.30%1.08%

Gender of people who have A-fib when taking Prednisone * :

FemaleMale
A-fib49.13%50.87%

Age of people who have A-fib when taking Prednisone * :

0-12-910-1920-2930-3940-4950-5960+
A-fib0.08%0.04%0.59%0.59%2.73%4.63%13.58%77.74%

Severity of A-fib when taking Prednisone ** :

leastmoderateseveremost severe
A-fib11.11%55.56%22.22%11.11%

How people recovered from A-fib ** :

while on the drugafter off the drugnot yet
A-fib14.29%57.14%28.57%

Top conditions involved for these people * :

  1. Rheumatoid arthritis (375 people, 14.51%)
  2. Multiple myeloma (229 people, 8.86%)
  3. Atrial fibrillation (193 people, 7.47%)
  4. Osteoporosis (174 people, 6.73%)
  5. Hypertension (112 people, 4.33%)

Top co-used drugs for these people * :

  1. Aspirin (839 people, 32.47%)
  2. Prednisone tab (765 people, 29.61%)
  3. Digoxin (673 people, 26.04%)
  4. Lasix (669 people, 25.89%)
  5. Coumadin (647 people, 25.04%)

* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.

** Reports from social media are used.

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Comments from related studies:

  • From this study (2 years ago):

  • I had only 1 episode of atrial fib 2 yrs ago, I was put on steriods for a infection of the salvitary glands while in hospital and had another episode. It was stopped by a drug the cardiologist gave me, i had to take 3 pills.

    Reply

  • From this study (2 years ago):

  • Two days after starting on 70 mg dose of prednisone I experienced fibrillation which sent me to overnight in hospital with intervenous drugs to correct. Paddle shock was threated in the event the drugs did not work. Thank God they did and a normal pulse was maintained beginning about 2 am. I am 75 years of age and had not been hospitalized since my tonsillectomy at age 5.

    Reply

  • From this study (5 years ago):

  • I have had two attacks of atrial fibrillation in the first three weeks of taking Prednisone.

    Reply

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