Review: could Prednisone cause A-fib?


Summary

A-fib is found among people who take Prednisone, especially for people who are female, 60+ old , have been taking the drug for 1 - 6 months, also take medication Digoxin, and have Rheumatoid arthritis . We study 135,588 people who have side effects while taking Prednisone from FDA and social media. Among them, 2,163 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 Prednisone 176,486 users)

A-fib

A-fib (most common type of arrhythmia) has been reported by people with breathing difficulty, hypotension, weakness, diarrhea, arrhythmias (latest reports from 106,773 A-fib patients).

On Aug, 26, 2016

135,588 people reported to have side effects when taking Prednisone.
Among them, 2,163 people (1.6%) have A-fib


Number of reports submitted per year:

Could Prednisone cause A-fib?

Time on Prednisone when people have A-fib *:

  • < 1 month: 33.93 %
  • 1 - 6 months: 36.61 %
  • 6 - 12 months: 9.82 %
  • 1 - 2 years: 8.93 %
  • 2 - 5 years: 2.68 %
  • 5 - 10 years: 6.25 %
  • 10+ years: 1.79 %

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

  • female: 50.85 %
  • male: 49.15 %

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

  • 0-1: 0.05 %
  • 2-9: 0.16 %
  • 10-19: 0.82 %
  • 20-29: 0.98 %
  • 30-39: 2.28 %
  • 40-49: 5.49 %
  • 50-59: 14.03 %
  • 60+: 76.18 %

Severity if A-fib when taking Prednisone **:

  • least: 11.11 %
  • moderate: 55.56 %
  • severe: 22.22 %
  • most severe: 11.11 %

How people recovered from A-fib **:

  • while on drug: 14.29 %
  • after off the drug: 57.14 %
  • not yet: 28.57 %

Top conditions involved for these people *:

  • Rheumatoid Arthritis (289 people)
  • Multiple Myeloma (162 people)
  • Atrial Fibrillation (160 people)
  • Osteoporosis (133 people)
  • Hypertension (107 people)

Top co-used drugs for these people *:

  • Digoxin (459 people)
  • Lasix (455 people)
  • Coumadin (431 people)
  • Aspirin (420 people)
  • Furosemide (306 people)

* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.

** Reports from social media are used.

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