Fibromyalgia suffer - Prednisolone side effects?

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Hi all

I was recently prescribed Quinoric (hydroxychloroquine sulfate) 200mg twice a day and, as it takes so long to take efffect, 5mg Prednisolone steroid once a day to cover the 6-8 weeks it takes to start working. This was a new consultant and he was particularly unhelpful when it came to communicating. despite lots of questions, I came out none the wiser regarding side affects of these drugs. Id be so grateful if anyone can answer the following!..

is such a low doseage steroid enough to cause side effects like bloating and mood swings?

if so, how long does it generally take for the side effects to appear - ie, as Im only on them for 6-8 weeks do i need to worry at all?

Has anyone experienced negative side effects of Quinoric? Ive read that it can cause nausea, which is one of my most life affecting symptoms anyway, hence being on Amitriptyline so I could do without any more!

Many thanks!


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    If what you have is fibromyalgia why have you been put on pred? It has no effect at all in fibro - it isn't an inflammatory disorder. And as far as I know Quinoric/hydroxychloroquine isn't normally used for fibro either.

    You can google side effects of drugs - a site like WebMD is likely to be fairly helpful with factual info.

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    Six to 8 weeks is a short time to be on steroids. Usually you start decreasing the dose over time but you are on a very low dose. You shouldn't have many side effects, if any. Your best bet is to talk with your pharmacist.

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