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Review: could Prednisone cause Diarrhea?

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

We study 146,410 people who have side effects while taking Prednisone from FDA and social media. Among them, 5,767 have Diarrhea. Find out below who they are, when they have Diarrhea and more.

On Apr, 11, 2014: 146,568 people reported to have side effects when taking Prednisone. Among them, 5,767 people (3.93%) have Diarrhea. They amount to 0.53% of all the 1,087,373 people who have Diarrhea on eHealthMe.

Trend of Diarrhea in Prednisone reports

Time on Prednisone when people have Diarrhea * :

< 1 month1 - 6 months6 - 12 months1 - 2 years2 - 5 years5 - 10 years10+ years
Diarrhea52.59%28.52%7.04%2.96%4.81%0.74%3.33%

Gender of people who have Diarrhea when taking Prednisone * :

FemaleMale
Diarrhea62.76%37.24%

Age of people who have Diarrhea when taking Prednisone * :

0-12-910-1920-2930-3940-4950-5960+
Diarrhea0.25%1.17%3.21%6.71%8.97%13.62%23.01%43.05%

Severity of Diarrhea when taking Prednisone ** :

leastmoderateseveremost severe
Diarrhea0.00%70.37%18.52%11.11%

How people recovered from Diarrhea ** :

while on the drugafter off the drugnot yet
Diarrhea6.67%20.00%73.33%

Top conditions involved for these people * :

  1. Rheumatoid arthritis (839 people, 14.55%)
  2. Crohn's disease (650 people, 11.27%)
  3. Pain (580 people, 10.06%)
  4. Hypertension (502 people, 8.70%)
  5. Osteoporosis (446 people, 7.73%)

Top co-used drugs for these people * :

  1. Prednisone tab (1,868 people, 32.39%)
  2. Aspirin (996 people, 17.27%)
  3. Humira (939 people, 16.28%)
  4. Methotrexate (885 people, 15.35%)
  5. Folic acid (878 people, 15.22%)

* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.

** Reports from social media are used.

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  • Had 3 endoscopy and colonoscopy and all 3 similar even after treatment of prednisone. Got well for about 6 weeks and slowly all the symptoms are returning.

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  • From this study (7 months ago):

  • Sick for over six weeks now with severe diarrhea and nausea on eating. Ordinary stool cultures negative. Special stool cultures (cryptosporidia, cyclospora, isosspora) all negative. Colonoscopy/endoscopy negative, including for microscopic colitis. Have not found any food tolerable. The more eaten, the worse the bouts (both severity and number). Any/all foods have same effect. BRATS diet did not work. Generous doses of Immodium + prescribed bowel relaxer mildly effective but result in greatly increased nausea. Doctors have no clue what is wrong.

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