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What Are the Side Effects of Prednisone?



I am being investigated for rheumatoid disease and am currently taking prednisone. I find some relief with this new drug in addition to the oxycocet. Of course, one of my concerns is the high sugar readings. (19ish) I am usually between 5 and 9. My main concern is wondering what the short-term effects will be (4 Weeks) on my body with consistantly high readings.


The short term effect of high blood sugar readings is negligible, unless they are really high (over 500). You might feel a bit more tired, have to urinate more frequently, and be more thirsty, but other than these quality of life issues, there should be no long-term or lasting negative effects.

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W. Fred Miser, MD W. Fred Miser, MD
Professor of Family Medicine
Director of Ohio State Medicine Residency Program
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University