I've been interested to read other peoples experiences of Prednisolone on this site and, as a long term Pred user, thought I'd contribute.
I was diagnosed with Sarcoidosis of the lungs about 15 years ago.
At the time my airways were so badly inflamed and scarred, and my breathing seriously impaired, I was told there was nothing anyone could do - which I thought was the doctor's way of telling me I was going to die (doctors and their 'bedside manner' leave a lot to be desired!)
Anyway, I was put on a big blast of Prednisolone for a month.
Within the first two weeks my persistent cough disappeared, and my breathing improved, much to the suprise of the consultant.
Also, I experienced a 'steroid high' for a short time, which made me think (rather foolishly) that I'd recovered.
Other side effects at the time were: increased appetite (and weight gain) moon face, and some spotiness.
Now I take about 10mgs of the drug a day, as the disease is still lurking, and I will have to take them for the rest of my life, even if the condition clears up, as my adrenal gland has stopped producing the drug naturally.
My greatest concerns now are the more unpleasant side effects (stomach ulcers and bone thinning) of long term Prednisolone use but, to date, I've been mostly problem free and am just very grateful for the drug's existence.