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Review: could Prednisone cause Muscle wasting (Muscle atrophy)?

Summary: Muscle wasting is found among people who take Prednisone, especially for people who are female, 60+ old, have been taking the drug for 1 - 6 months, also take medication Aspirin, and have High blood cholesterol.

We study 146,763 people who have side effects while taking Prednisone from FDA and social media. Among them, 314 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 150,066 Prednisone users)

Muscle wasting

Muscle wasting (a decrease in the mass of the muscle) has been reported by people with high blood cholesterol, multiple sclerosis, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, pain. (latest reports from 5,636 Muscle wasting patients)

On Jan, 25, 2015: 146,763 people reported to have side effects when taking Prednisone. Among them, 314 people (0.21%) have Muscle Wasting.

Trend of Muscle wasting in Prednisone reports

Time on Prednisone when people have Muscle wasting * :

< 1 month1 - 6 months6 - 12 months1 - 2 years2 - 5 years5 - 10 years10+ years
Muscle wasting11.11%55.56%11.11%0.00%0.00%11.11%11.11%

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

FemaleMale
Muscle wasting53.25%46.75%

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

0-12-910-1920-2930-3940-4950-5960+
Muscle wasting0.00%0.00%2.19%5.00%18.75%17.81%26.56%29.69%

Severity of Muscle wasting when taking Prednisone ** :

leastmoderateseveremost severe
Muscle wasting0.00%66.67%33.33%0.00%

How people recovered from Muscle wasting ** :

while on the drugafter off the drugnot yet
Muscle wasting0.00%0.00%100.00%

Top conditions involved for these people * :

  1. Blood cholesterol increased (70 people, 22.29%)
  2. Pain (66 people, 21.02%)
  3. Arthritis (51 people, 16.24%)
  4. Rheumatoid arthritis (47 people, 14.97%)
  5. Hypersensitivity (46 people, 14.65%)

Top co-used drugs for these people * :

  1. Aspirin (117 people, 37.26%)
  2. Prednisone tab (108 people, 34.39%)
  3. Methotrexate (91 people, 28.98%)
  4. Albuterol (76 people, 24.20%)
  5. Humira (70 people, 22.29%)

* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.

** Reports from social media are used.

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  • william mcniff on Nov, 20, 2012:

    No one lost muscle tissue/weight during or after the BMT????Really??? I lost 75lbs during and after my BMT. 205 to 130lbs. I have no muscle mass at all.
    It has been over 4 years since my transplant and I still cannot rebuild the lost muscle. This is with
    testosterone shots weight training BCAA Whey protein
    creatine etc etc etc.
    I find it hard to believe muscle wasting did not occur with other patients.

    Fraud!!!!

    Reply

    Fresno on Dec, 9, 2012:

    Over the past year, I have lost substantial muscle tone. Strength remains ok but significant change is hardness of muscles though my diet and workout routine remain the same. I stopped finasteride and continue to loss muscle tone. Have had blood work and other tests all negative. Any suggestions

    Reply

    K S Prakash on Apr, 6, 2011:

    Hi
    I used Lopid 300 mg once a day for about 3 to 3.5 months. My blood sugar levels rose...
    I stopped Lopid.
    Lopid also caused pain in the lower ribs, just above the stomach apart from muscle weakness.
    I stopped the drug and awaiting for improvement.

    Reply

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