Is this an allergic reaction to prednisolone?

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i have UC and put on 30 mg prednisolone to taper down 5 mg every week. This is my 3 rd week. I feel my tongue tingling, my mouth quite thick and pressure behind my eyes. I have never experienced this before. Are these symptoms typical of developing a moon face. A bit worried. Thank you.

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    They don't sound good I was on steroids for 12 years not such a high dose but didn't have any problems apart from my skin becoming thin, I also know lots of people that are on them as I have lupus and sjogrens and keep in touch with people that are on different doses of preds and all seem fine apart from weight gain it does sound to me that you may have a reaction to them so I would go to the gp but don't stop taking them as you will need to taper off them but definitely see your gp. It is highly unlikely that you would have a moon face after such a short time of taking them

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    An allergic reaction and developing a moon face are not the same thing at all. They do sound possible steroid side effects - but that is different.

    If you are worried about the weight gain that often goes with pred and makes the moonface worse then try cutting carbs drastically if you can with the UC. 

    If you do need to stop them you can do so quite quickly still - even at this dose you haven't been on them long enough to make stopping difficult. But do speak to your doctor.

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    Hi there those symptoms may be side effects from the prednisolone as there is a vast range of possible side effects and these can be quite unique to each person. On my 2 nd ever course of prednisolone I did experience some numbness in my tongue and gums but this went after a couple of days. This last time I did not get the moon face or the unquenchable hunger I had before but did get a lot of fatigue and mental disturbances in the form of nightmares etc which were alarming. It is very important that you keep your GP or specialist worker informed of any symptoms bothering you and do not adjust the steroid intake without their consent. I wish you well.
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      Thanks. I would not alter anything without asking my gp. I had the optician check my eyes. All good. Weird. I’ve started putting artificial tears in them and they feel better.
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