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Question: prednisone

 betty-poopster - Sun Sep 16, 2007 12:02 am

i have read that prednisone can cause agitation and mood swings. how much and for how long would one need to use this medication in order for such a reaction? meds were used by a 40ish female, with depression and multiple visits to doc's and er, on a short-term basis (1-3 weeks, dosage and diagnosis unknown) 5X in a 4 year period. sorry i don't have all the info, i am just looking for general info for someone who attacked another individual with a hammer and says, "the prednisone made me do it!" i realize everyone reacts differently, but are there any cases where someone wanted to kill another individual?
 Dr. Chan Lowe - Mon Sep 17, 2007 12:41 am

User avatar Hi Betty-Poopster,

Prednisone can have significant effects on mood. The higher the dose, the more prominent the effect.

The degree to which prednisone affects a person varies from person to person.

Unfortunately, I really can't give you any more specific information about this issue.

Best wishes.

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