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Review: could Prednisone cause Myopathy?

We study 146,540 people who have side effects while taking Prednisone from FDA and social media. Among them, 427 have Myopathy. Find out below who they are, when they have Myopathy and more.

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Prednisone

Prednisone (latest outcomes from 149,848 users) has active ingredients of prednisone. It is often used in rheumatoid arthritis.

Myopathy

Myopathy (a muscular disease in which the muscle fibres do not function) (latest reports from 39,860 patients) has been reported by people with high blood cholesterol, high blood pressure, hyperlipidaemia, osteoporosis, depression.

On Jul, 14, 2014: 146,523 people reported to have side effects when taking Prednisone. Among them, 427 people (0.29%) have Myopathy. They amount to 1.07% of all the 39,858 people who have Myopathy on eHealthMe.

Trend of Myopathy in Prednisone reports

Time on Prednisone when people have Myopathy * :

< 1 month1 - 6 months6 - 12 months1 - 2 years2 - 5 years5 - 10 years10+ years
Myopathy65.45%16.36%3.64%5.45%7.27%0.00%1.82%

Gender of people who have Myopathy when taking Prednisone * :

FemaleMale
Myopathy46.44%53.56%

Age of people who have Myopathy when taking Prednisone * :

0-12-910-1920-2930-3940-4950-5960+
Myopathy0.00%0.23%3.95%3.26%6.98%15.12%21.40%49.07%

Severity of Myopathy when taking Prednisone ** :

leastmoderateseveremost severe
Myopathy0.00%100.00%0.00%0.00%

How people recovered from Myopathy ** :

while on the drugafter off the drugnot yet
Myopathy0.00%0.00%100.00%

Top conditions involved for these people * :

  1. Blood cholesterol increased (37 people, 8.67%)
  2. Osteoporosis (34 people, 7.96%)
  3. Lymphoedema (33 people, 7.73%)
  4. Malignant melanoma (33 people, 7.73%)
  5. Autoimmune hepatitis (33 people, 7.73%)

Top co-used drugs for these people * :

  1. Prednisone tab (159 people, 37.24%)
  2. Prilosec (82 people, 19.20%)
  3. Mycophenolate mofetil (77 people, 18.03%)
  4. Aspirin (73 people, 17.10%)
  5. Neurontin (71 people, 16.63%)

* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.

** Reports from social media are used.

Comments for this study:

Niko (2 years ago):

I was given Prednisone to treat my Crohn's disease for around 2 years varying from 20 to 40 milligrams a day. One year ago i had this terrible back pain and i couldn't walk, or crawl, and even rolling over in bed hurt. I went to the hospital and basically EVERY possible orthopedic test was done. They found nothing. I was like this for nearly 3 months until we started to taper off of prednisone, and in may, i started to walk again, so my doctor said it could be prednisone induced myopathy. One year later i seem to have plateaued, still in alot of pain, and cannot do school from all the walking/sitting in bad chairs. My back does these terrible spasms if I'm not careful and i cannot walk for a couple days following, and also pretty much hurts all the time leaving me to be extremely in-active. So my main question is can prednisone induced myopathy effect my lower back this extremely even after 5 months of being completely off of prednisone? From what I've researched, and what my doctor told me, it's VERY unlikely.
Anyone's input would be helpful because i need answers and doctors don't seem to take me seriously and i need to get back to living my life.

P.S i am 18 and male
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