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Review: could Prednisone cause Mental status changes?

Summary: Mental status changes 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 Pain.

We study 146,792 people who have side effects while taking Prednisone from FDA and social media. Among them, 909 have Mental status changes. Find out below who they are, when they have Mental status changes and more.

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Prednisone

Prednisone has active ingredients of prednisone. It is often used in rheumatoid arthritis. (latest outcomes from 150,120 Prednisone users)

Mental status changes

Mental status changes (general changes in brain function, such as confusion, amnesia (memory loss), loss of alertness, loss of orientation) has been reported by people with pain, depression, high blood pressure, multiple myeloma, multiple sclerosis. (latest reports from 14,041 Mental status changes patients)

On Feb, 14, 2015: 146,763 people reported to have side effects when taking Prednisone. Among them, 909 people (0.62%) have Mental Status Changes.

Trend of Mental status changes in Prednisone reports

Time on Prednisone when people have Mental status changes * :

< 1 month1 - 6 months6 - 12 months1 - 2 years2 - 5 years5 - 10 years10+ years
Mental status changes72.94%14.12%0.00%8.24%0.00%1.18%3.53%

Gender of people who have Mental status changes when taking Prednisone * :

FemaleMale
Mental status changes50.45%49.55%

Age of people who have Mental status changes when taking Prednisone * :

0-12-910-1920-2930-3940-4950-5960+
Mental status changes0.00%0.57%2.29%1.95%2.63%11.23%19.24%62.08%

Severity of Mental status changes when taking Prednisone ** :

n/a

How people recovered from Mental status changes ** :

n/a

Top conditions involved for these people * :

  1. Pain (106 people, 11.66%)
  2. Multiple myeloma (86 people, 9.46%)
  3. Rheumatoid arthritis (62 people, 6.82%)
  4. Renal transplant (61 people, 6.71%)
  5. Osteoporosis (44 people, 4.84%)

Top co-used drugs for these people * :

  1. Prednisone tab (284 people, 31.24%)
  2. Aspirin (243 people, 26.73%)
  3. Zometa (186 people, 20.46%)
  4. Lasix (186 people, 20.46%)
  5. Folic acid (146 people, 16.06%)

* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.

** Reports from social media are used.

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