Prednisone for Cheons flare up and depression...

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I have been taking 50 mg of prednisone for almost a month for a flare up and I feel so low and very depressed, suicide ideatiocfollows me and lingers heavily more at night the. Throughout the day, but I really do not know what I should do in regards for it. Has anyone taken anti depressants with the pred? 

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    Hi Ashley

    I have been on prednisone on 2 occasions and experienced a variety of emotional highs and lows. This is quite common when on the higher dose age.

    It is important that you discuss the feelings you are experiencing with your doctor or gastrointestinal specialist as a matter of urgency. They will advise on appropriate medication and/or reduction of your prednisolone dose age. Good luck to you and keep safe. Regards Pete

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      Hey Pete! Thank you for taking time to extend a hand of comfort my way! Dealing with the side effects of this medicine is very difficult but it’s so helpful and encouraging to hear I am not alone! 
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    Hi Ashley

    So sorry to hear the meds are affecting you badly. Serious depression is very common with prednisone and should not be ignored. I have experienced this myself and it's very frightening. I tried anti-depressants but they made my tummy really really bad. 

    I found counselling/talking therapies really helpful. Also keeping a daily journal can help. Somewhere very private to get down all those deep dark thoughts that you might be having. 

    Contact your GP or nurse specialist and let them know what's happening. Perhaps ask for some mental and emotional support whilst on this treatment. 

    There is help out there but you have to ask for it. 

    Take care of yourself and remember, tomorrow's another day......you will feel differently. 

    Hannah

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      Thank you Hannah! Seriously! The effects of feeling like that almost outweigh the good it does for Chrons but I have found journaling is a gateway to helping deal with the crazy and spontaneous drops in my emotions! This is so helpful! I hope your doing well! 
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      You're so welcome. It is horrible and so hard to weigh up the pros and cons of treatment versus side effects and obviously, if it is actually helping with the Crohn's. 

      I was put into Humira which enabled me to stop the Pred, but after 18 months I've been switched to Vedolizumab. Again, side effects versus disease management!!

      Check out my website: 

      www.earthloop.me.uk and look at the project 'Selfies'

      It's a brief glimpse of a years work chronicling each day with a massive Crohn's flare......it wasn't pretty, but really helped. 

      Hope you get the support you need and the Crohn's eases up for you. 

      Hannah 

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      Hey Hannah! I totally will look into that! Thank you! I am about to begin a new treatment potentially looking at a biologic, I’m hoping for remicade! Really and truly! Thank you I hope you are getting support too! Are you currently in remission?? 
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      Sadly no remission as yet. Actually considering stopping taking the Vedolizumab if the Crohn's shows no improvement. It's recommended that it's stopped after 14 weeks if no improvement anyway. My next infusion will be week 14 so we'll see how that goes. 

      I'm thinking of going natural again......diet, exercise and healthy mind......mind body spirit. I'm feeling like I've got lost in the meds and the support is too disparate and sparse to continue. 

      I'll figure something out. It won't totally get the better of me!!!

      Really hope the new treatment does the trick and you can get off the Pred. 

      How you doing at the moment??

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