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Review: could Prednisone cause Constipation?

Summary: Constipation could be caused by Prednisone, especially for people who are female, 60+ old, have been taking the drug for < 1 month, also take Zometa, and have Pain.

We study 146,410 people who have side effects while taking Prednisone from FDA and social media. Among them, 2,441 have Constipation. Find out below who they are, when they have Constipation and more.

On Apr, 12, 2014: 146,568 people reported to have side effects when taking Prednisone. Among them, 2,445 people (1.67%) have Constipation. They amount to 0.48% of all the 506,021 people who have Constipation on eHealthMe.

Trend of Constipation in Prednisone reports

Time on Prednisone when people have Constipation * :

< 1 month1 - 6 months6 - 12 months1 - 2 years2 - 5 years5 - 10 years10+ years
Constipation64.76%21.43%2.38%1.90%5.24%0.95%3.33%

Gender of people who have Constipation when taking Prednisone * :

FemaleMale
Constipation57.50%42.50%

Age of people who have Constipation when taking Prednisone * :

0-12-910-1920-2930-3940-4950-5960+
Constipation0.00%0.87%2.39%2.34%10.98%10.89%21.04%51.50%

Severity of Constipation when taking Prednisone ** :

leastmoderateseveremost severe
Constipation7.14%57.14%28.57%7.14%

How people recovered from Constipation ** :

while on the drugafter off the drugnot yet
Constipation0.00%20.00%80.00%

Top conditions involved for these people * :

  1. Pain (360 people, 14.72%)
  2. Multiple myeloma (358 people, 14.64%)
  3. Osteoporosis (235 people, 9.61%)
  4. Rheumatoid arthritis (190 people, 7.77%)
  5. Depression (180 people, 7.36%)

Top co-used drugs for these people * :

  1. Zometa (681 people, 27.85%)
  2. Prednisone tab (674 people, 27.57%)
  3. Aspirin (621 people, 25.40%)
  4. Aredia (433 people, 17.71%)
  5. Lasix (387 people, 15.83%)

* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.

** Reports from social media are used.

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  • From this study (2 years ago):

  • I have taken Zyrtec and citalopram for more than a year with no side-effects. After 1 cycle of prednisone, I had moderate insomnia and minor confusion and short-term memory loss. After the second cycle of prednison, and the addition of tramadol, fluocinonide, antivert, and ondansetron, the short term memory loss, insomnia, and confusion were markedly worse (severe).

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