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Review: could Prednisone cause Itching?

Summary: Itching 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, 2,868 have Itching. Find out below who they are, when they have Itching and more.

On Apr, 10, 2014: 146,568 people reported to have side effects when taking Prednisone. Among them, 2,759 people (1.88%) have Itching. They amount to 0.51% of all the 536,422 people who have Itching on eHealthMe.

Trend of Itching in Prednisone reports

Time on Prednisone when people have Itching * :

< 1 month1 - 6 months6 - 12 months1 - 2 years2 - 5 years5 - 10 years10+ years
Itching66.19%19.42%2.88%1.44%2.88%5.76%1.44%

Gender of people who have Itching when taking Prednisone * :

FemaleMale
Itching71.22%28.78%

Age of people who have Itching when taking Prednisone * :

0-12-910-1920-2930-3940-4950-5960+
Itching0.04%0.93%2.86%4.84%9.32%16.60%23.56%41.86%

Severity of Itching when taking Prednisone ** :

leastmoderateseveremost severe
Itching16.67%33.33%41.67%8.33%

How people recovered from Itching ** :

while on the drugafter off the drugnot yet
Itching25.00%0.00%75.00%

Top conditions involved for these people * :

  1. Rheumatoid arthritis (626 people, 22.69%)
  2. Pain (172 people, 6.23%)
  3. Asthma (166 people, 6.02%)
  4. Hypertension (159 people, 5.76%)
  5. Osteoporosis (108 people, 3.91%)

Top co-used drugs for these people * :

  1. Prednisone tab (701 people, 25.41%)
  2. Humira (476 people, 17.25%)
  3. Methotrexate (405 people, 14.68%)
  4. Folic acid (381 people, 13.81%)
  5. Aspirin (343 people, 12.43%)

* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.

** Reports from social media are used.

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  • From this study (3 months ago):

  • Seemed to work for a time. Not working on scalp recently. Itching all over body - not rash-related.

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  • From this study (2 years ago):

  • PatrickO on Jul, 20, 2012:

    Male, 52, diagnosed with Lupus Feb. 2010 (Had it MUCH LONGER not diagnosed) Have Torticollis starting back about 4 years ago. On PREDNISONE dozens of times for Skin & Lung Problems. Been on CYTOXAN BI-WEEKLY for a YEAR, NEULASTA for 8 months, VICODIN on and off for 20 Years with Knee aand Serious Back trouble!
    TORTICOLLIIS Pain so severe Blood Pressure goes up to as high as 218/117... Current Have it and No Insuraance. On CELLCEPT and BENLYSTA only Have 10mg PECOCET for pain every 2 hours with NSAIDS and does next to NOTHING! ANY IDEAS as to HOW to Get BACLOFEN or BOTOX Injections in My Neck and under My Scalp to STOP THIS PAIN before I HURT MYSELF? I am sure people have killed themselves over Pain like this with No Sleep for Going on a week right NOW I am losing the ability to COPE AT ALL... Any Ideas are welcome! God Bless (Yes I use ICE and HEAT)

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    MissyD on Jul, 31, 2012:

    I saw a doctor online that was treating torticollis with an oral device. The muscles in your neck can be seriously affected by you TMJ. If there is an imbalance in your bite it can cause your TMJ to lock up and it can then move into your neck muscles. This may seem far fetched, but I have been a massage therapist for 9 years and I have definitely witnessed the connection between the two. Find a doctor, massage therapist, chiropractor or dentist in your area that does TM release and see if you have any relief. Worse case senerio, it doesn't help, but it promise it is worth a shot!

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  • From this study (5 years ago):

  • I went on this drug combination for a terrible case of poison ivy. The poison ivy has been helped, but I have widespread itching (with not additional rash) all over my body.

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