11-17-2003, 08:45 AM #1
Prednisone for 2 weeks - what can I expect?
Hurt shoulders a few weeks back, went to Dr. last week and was prescribed moderate dose of Prednisone. Not sure of the exact dosage, but I'm taking them for 2 weeks.
I've read some horror stories of those who gained a bunch of water weight and also had muscle wasting. I'm curious to see if 2 weeks on Prednisone is going to screw me up and what I might be able to do to help prevent wasting/bloating.
11-17-2003, 08:58 AM #2
Prednisone is a very bad idea. Ask him for some non steroidal alternatives.
I was put on an IV drip of 60mg for a few weeks and then spent a few months being weened off of it. Basically what you are doing is supplementing with a very catabolic hormone (it's a corticosteroid)... it causes muscle wasting, increased appetite and fat gain. I was in phenomenal shape prior to my hospitilization - and lost A LOT of gains.
When I got back into the gym (I was fiending really bad to get back to the weights), I felt like I was back at day one - I was very shaky in my joints and weak in my lifts. One reason I started researching AAS a few months later...
The only good thing was my joints felt awesome. No more shoulder and elbow pain that had been accumualting for awhile from improper techniques I had been using (like behind the neck mil presses). But the cons far outweighed the pros...
BTW - I was on it for an anaphylactic reaction to something - I have a severe allergin that nealy killed me... lungs collagsed and I swelled up like I went 2 rounds with Iron Mike...
2 weeks is not a severe as my experience - but nonetheless you are adding cortisol... when your goal as a BB is to block it as much as possible. IMO - talk to the doc about your athletic goals and ask for a nonsteroidal alternative...
11-17-2003, 10:07 AM #3
Thanks, Warrior. Sounds like you were on it for quite a while!
I checked my dosage - turns out I'm on for 10 days:
60mg for 4 days
40mg for 6 days
Tomorrow will be my first day at 40mg. I'm hopeful with drinking plenty of water, sticking to my diet, avoiding excess sodium, and continued lifting, I should be able to fend off most of any potential negative side effects.
11-17-2003, 11:50 AM #4
You'll be fine.
10 days of high dose androgens wouldnt turn you into a beast, the reverse is true with cortisol, 10 days of prednisone wont turn you into a junior high towel boy either.
Insulin blocks 100% of cortisol's muscle wasting effects...so just eat many small meals throughout the day to keep insulin levels elevated.
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