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Review: could Prednisone cause Insomnia?

Summary: Insomnia 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, 2,336 have Insomnia. Find out below who they are, when they have Insomnia and more.

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Prednisone

Prednisone (latest outcomes from 149,701 users) has active ingredients of prednisone. It is often used in rheumatoid arthritis, asthma. Commonly reported side effects of Prednisone include fever, nausea, nausea aggravated, weakness, dyspnoea exacerbated.

Insomnia

Insomnia (sleeplessness) (latest reports from 778,223 patients) has been reported by people with depression, quit smoking, high blood pressure, pain, pain relief by acupuncture.

On Apr, 13, 2014: 146,568 people reported to have side effects when taking Prednisone. Among them, 2,611 people (1.78%) have Insomnia. They amount to 0.33% of all the 785,893 people who have Insomnia on eHealthMe.

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
Insomnia60.21%10.03%6.57%3.81%12.80%5.19%1.38%

Gender of people who have Insomnia when taking Prednisone * :

FemaleMale
Insomnia65.76%34.24%

Age of people who have Insomnia when taking Prednisone * :

0-12-910-1920-2930-3940-4950-5960+
Insomnia0.00%0.52%2.21%6.83%12.06%14.83%25.48%38.06%

Severity of Insomnia when taking Prednisone ** :

leastmoderateseveremost severe
Insomnia4.88%41.46%43.90%9.76%

How people recovered from Insomnia ** :

while on the drugafter off the drugnot yet
Insomnia7.14%7.14%85.71%

Top conditions involved for these people * :

  1. Rheumatoid arthritis (325 people, 12.45%)
  2. Pain (279 people, 10.69%)
  3. Osteoporosis (221 people, 8.46%)
  4. Depression (185 people, 7.09%)
  5. Asthma (170 people, 6.51%)

Top co-used drugs for these people * :

  1. Prednisone tab (670 people, 25.66%)
  2. Aspirin (406 people, 15.55%)
  3. Ambien (370 people, 14.17%)
  4. Zometa (368 people, 14.09%)
  5. Folic acid (347 people, 13.29%)

* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.

** Reports from social media are used.

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  • From this study (3 months ago):

  • For 6 years I have been taking predisone to treat my Myasthenia Gravis, which is primarily ocular. I've always had moderate situational anxiety but as soon as I began taking prednison my axiety sky rocketed. My predinsone doses have ranged from 5-30mg per day, depending on weather or not I am in remission, but every time I have tried to get off prednisone I have a bad flare up. My neurologist began treating my anxiety 6 years ago with clonazepam and it worked for me for about 4 years. The entire 5th year of being on clonazepam it had little to no effect on controlling my anxiety any longer. I have also taken mestinon along side of prednisone to treat my myasthenia gravis but it had little effect on my condition. This past year my family practioner tapered me off the clonazepam using alprazolam and it has been working very well. Recently, due to an overload of general life responsibilities, I have began to have another flare up. This is the first time while on alprazolam that this has occured. I have been on 5mg of prednisone and 2mg of alprazolam daily for the past year or so and have been problem free. Today I have had to bump back up to 20mg of prednisone to control my Myasthenia Gravis, but I am having extremly peaked anxiety levels. Hopefully I will be seeing one of my doctors this week.

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  • From this study (1 year ago):

  • I have occasional skipped heart beats, but since taking prenisone they have become extremely noticeable and bothersome. Also feel weak and shaky when they start. Can't exert myself.

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  • From this study (1 year ago):

  • after starting the Imuran and being on it for about 3 weeks I had flu-like symptoms went to the doctor was tested, the test came back negative for the flu so unsure if I really had the flu or if just a reaction to medications. Had read the Imuran can cause flu-like symptoms but after 4 - 5 days with those symptoms I no longer have that problem and it's been 1 month.

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