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Coping with Prednisone: It May Work Miracles, But How Do You Handle the Side Effects? (*And Other Cortisone Related Medicines)

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Approximately one million Americans per year take high doses of prednisone and related drugs (glucocorticoids) to treat serious illnesses and conditions ranging from asthma to rheumatoid arthritis to kidney disease to organ transplantation. Wile these medicines may have unpleasant, even devastating side effects, including gastrointestinal problems, intense mood swings, cha ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published August 15th 1998 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published July 15th 1997)
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May 20, 2014 Peggy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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I shouldn't, but sometimes when I think about this book I get angry. I read it a long time ago, but even then I had been on the drug longer than she had. The author refers to her use as "long-term" when it was less than a year. I don't believe you can truly understand what "coping with prednisone" is like unless you've been on it for at least five years or more. So many of us are on it for life. The side effects that I deal with now - over a decade later - are much different than those that both ...more
Jan 12, 2011 Carol rated it really liked it
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I bought this book when I was diagnosed with a lung disease and put on high doses of Prednisone. It helped me cope with a lot of the side effects and made me aware of what to expect. The book also had diet suggestions to help ease some of the side effects and the weight gain.

The downside is that I will be on Prednisone for the rest of my life and the book is not really helpful to people who take Prednisone on a long term basis. It was also a little annoying that the author was very whiny about
Aug 10, 2013 Lisa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A must read for anyone taking prednisone! It's a shame the doctors who prescribe the drug don't recommend this book particularly when most of them do not mention all the side effects.
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May 08, 2016 C.C. Yager rated it really liked it
I remember when Eugenia Zukerman was married to Pinchas and they were a power couple in classical music. In the 1990's, Eugenia developed an autoimmune lung disease and her pulmonologist put her on high dose prednisone as the treatment. The thing about prednisone: it works beautifully to stop autoimmune inflammation, but it has many nasty side effects. Zukerman was rightly concerned about being on this powerful drug, but she could not find any books that addressed her concerns. So, she decided t ...more
Sarah Evan
although not the best writing, a wonderful narrative of a woman who has a voice, thanks in part to her sister and co-author who happens to be medical doctor. a great example of an illness narrative (about the side effect of a medication, no less) and showing the struggle and a balanced approach towards health of pushing her body and listening to her body and fighting a chronic illness.
Dec 29, 2013 Debra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This is the best source of information I've ever found regarding Prednisone. It's written by sisters with two points of view, since one was on high-dose Prednisone and the other is a physician. Even though I've been on this drug countless times, I learned quite a bit. I've enthusiastically recommended this book to several people as the definitive authority on Prednisone.
Sep 05, 2010 Susan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This book is a must-read if you're on long-term prednisone therapy. Even if you're already aware of the myriad (and fun!) side effects, it's comforting to read of someone else's experiences.
Dec 26, 2008 Marie rated it did not like it
Apparently, the way you cope with prednisone is you go off it after 2 years. For those of us condemned to a lifetime of pred usage, this book offers no assistance.
Feb 11, 2011 Emily rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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An enjoyable and informative read! I was already aware of many of the side effects of prednisone, but I still learned a lot.
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