I am on Prednislone. Over the past 6 or so months, I have learned a bit about how it affects ME.
My first, BIG Sx was massive hypos, hard to correct. Actually the syncope that preceded the hypos may have been the first.
Between Addison’s taking up residence, and starting treatment, I became a “BRITTLE” diabetic, with wild swings in both directions, between Hyper to Hypo, sometimes so fast my head would spin. Plus I had indescribable diarrhea that landed me in ER.
The following is based ONLY on MY personal experience with MY diabetes & Addison’s
… #This is NOT medical advice#
-1- If your cortisol seems a little LOW, that can/will cause HYPOs!
-2- If MY Cortisol is a little LOW, say later in the day, last dose (morning) wearing off, I have had serious Cog issues. (took me a while to figure that one out)
-3- While Pred in theory can be taken only once a day, I found I needed to spread my dose, throughout the day. I take a dose just before bed, then again at breakfast time, and I found, for ME, a dose around noon, seems to work best so far for me.
-4- 5mg Pred helped (especially the Nausea starting dose), 7.5 was better. I ended up going to 10mg, then 12.5 (all mg ## are daily total) I seem to need more than (claimed) average.
-5- I had occasional bouts of nausea, that I finally figured were keytone related. While my BGs were up a little, not usually high enough to cause keytones, I checked and BINGO, I tested (with keytone test strips) mild positive. Water, carbs & insulin fixed that. So if find that I need to watch more closely for keytones. I had long gotten out of the habit of checking them, so I had to start checking more often.
-6- I think, for me, it also helps with more consistent insulin dosing.
-7- I try to mimic, a little, a circadian rhythm, I do let the pred wind down some as the day go on. However, if I let it the pred effect wear down too much, then I have problems.
Every diabetic is different, same goes for Addison’s, so what & how they affect me, may not be the same for another person.
IN short, how things affect me, & what has worked for ME, may not be the same for someone else.
I am still a work in progress. I expect to refine my doses/days more as time goes on. I am still learning.