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Review: could Prednisone cause Insomnia?

Summary: Insomnia is found among people who take Prednisone, especially for people who are female, 60+ old, have been taking the drug for < 1 month, also take medication Prednisone tab, and have Rheumatoid arthritis.

We study 146,763 people who have side effects while taking Prednisone from FDA and social media. Among them, 2,339 have Insomnia. Find out below who they are, when they have Insomnia 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)

Insomnia

Insomnia (sleeplessness) has been reported by people with depression, quit smoking, pain, high blood pressure, stress and anxiety. (latest reports from 143,724 Insomnia patients)

On Jan, 27, 2015: 146,763 people reported to have side effects when taking Prednisone. Among them, 2,614 people (1.78%) have Insomnia.

Trend of Insomnia in Prednisone reports

Time on Prednisone when people have Insomnia * :

< 1 month1 - 6 months6 - 12 months1 - 2 years2 - 5 years5 - 10 years10+ years
Insomnia59.59%10.62%6.51%3.77%12.67%5.48%1.37%

Gender of people who have Insomnia when taking Prednisone * :

FemaleMale
Insomnia65.73%34.27%

Age of people who have Insomnia when taking Prednisone * :

0-12-910-1920-2930-3940-4950-5960+
Insomnia0.00%0.52%2.25%6.82%12.04%14.81%25.49%38.06%

Severity of Insomnia when taking Prednisone ** :

leastmoderateseveremost severe
Insomnia4.55%40.91%45.45%9.09%

How people recovered from Insomnia ** :

while on the drugafter off the drugnot yet
Insomnia6.25%6.25%87.50%

Top conditions involved for these people * :

  1. Rheumatoid arthritis (325 people, 12.43%)
  2. Pain (280 people, 10.71%)
  3. Osteoporosis (221 people, 8.45%)
  4. Depression (185 people, 7.08%)
  5. Asthma (170 people, 6.50%)

Top co-used drugs for these people * :

  1. Prednisone tab (670 people, 25.63%)
  2. Aspirin (407 people, 15.57%)
  3. Ambien (370 people, 14.15%)
  4. Zometa (368 people, 14.08%)
  5. Folic acid (347 people, 13.27%)

* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.

** Reports from social media are used.

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Recent conversations of related support groups:

  • Support group for people who take Prednisone
    Hey @Greygirl! The symptoms should be improving with the decreased dosage. Have you told your doctor about the side effects?
  • Support group for people who have Insomnia
    Hi Everyone - I am desperate to talk to people who suffer like me. I have RLS and insomnia. I take Mirapex, Gabapenten, and have tried about 6 different kinds of sleeping pills and for the last 3 years I sleep about 3 to 4 hours a night. I can fall asleep but I cannot stay asleep. I am so sick of living like this. Nothing helps to keep me asleep. I go to bed at the same time every night (9) and around 1:00am, I wake up to go to the bathroom then the nightmare begins.... I cannot go back to sleep. I feel tired, depressed, alone and desperate for help. I have been to the Mayo Clinic twice and to numerous doctors and although they try, I can't get better. I exercise everyday for 1 - 1&1/2 hrs a day. I do not have any other health issues at all. This is a real big problem and a awful way to live. I just feel so alone and sad.

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