Review: could Prednisone cause Muscle Wasting?


Summary

Muscle wasting is found among people who take Prednisone, especially for people who are male, 60+ old , have been taking the drug for 1 - 6 months, also take medication Methotrexate, and have Pain . We study 139,327 people who have side effects while taking Prednisone from FDA and social media. Among them, 260 have Muscle wasting. Find out below who they are, when they have Muscle wasting and more.

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Prednisone

Prednisone has active ingredients of prednisone. It is often used in rheumatoid arthritis. (latest outcomes from Prednisone 176,486 users)

Muscle Wasting

Muscle wasting (a decrease in the mass of the muscle) has been reported by people with nephrogenic systemic fibrosis, thrombocytopenia, drug withdrawal syndrome, drug ineffective, numbness and tingling (latest reports from 6,510 Muscle wasting patients).

On Aug, 30, 2016

139,327 people reported to have side effects when taking Prednisone.
Among them, 260 people (0.19%) have Muscle Wasting


Number of reports submitted per year:

Could Prednisone cause Muscle wasting?

Time on Prednisone when people have Muscle Wasting *:

  • < 1 month: 25.0 %
  • 1 - 6 months: 41.67 %
  • 6 - 12 months: 16.67 %
  • 1 - 2 years: 0.0 %
  • 2 - 5 years: 0.0 %
  • 5 - 10 years: 8.33 %
  • 10+ years: 8.33 %

Gender of people who have Muscle Wasting when taking Prednisone *:

  • female: 49.81 %
  • male: 50.19 %

Age of people who have Muscle Wasting when taking Prednisone *:

  • 0-1: 0.0 %
  • 2-9: 0.0 %
  • 10-19: 2.86 %
  • 20-29: 7.62 %
  • 30-39: 9.05 %
  • 40-49: 20.95 %
  • 50-59: 22.86 %
  • 60+: 36.67 %

Severity if Muscle Wasting when taking Prednisone **:

  • least: 0.0 %
  • moderate: 66.67 %
  • severe: 33.33 %
  • most severe: 0.0 %

How people recovered from Muscle Wasting **:

  • while on drug: 0.0 %
  • after off the drug: 0.0 %
  • not yet: 100 %

Top conditions involved for these people *:

  • Rheumatoid Arthritis (28 people, 10.77%)
  • Pain (28 people, 10.77%)
  • Osteoporosis (21 people, 8.08%)
  • Blood Cholesterol Increased (20 people, 7.69%)
  • Metastases To Bone (12 people, 4.62%)

Top co-used drugs for these people *:

  • Methotrexate (45 people, 17.31%)
  • Aspirin (40 people, 15.38%)
  • Zometa (36 people, 13.85%)
  • Levaquin (35 people, 13.46%)
  • Aredia (29 people, 11.15%)

Top other side effects for these people *:

  • Pain (89 people, 34.23%)
  • Arthralgia (83 people, 31.92%)
  • Fatigue (77 people, 29.62%)
  • Anxiety (73 people, 28.08%)
  • Back Pain (69 people, 26.54%)

* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.

** Reports from social media are used.

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