View Full Version : Prednisone & Nausea

06-08-2010, 08:41 PM
My doc put me back on Prednisone this last week. Only 10mg for a week then down to 5. The heat was just knocking me out! So anyway, been on it since Thursday and I'm starting to get some nausea. She also told me to take an otc stomach med - dont remember the name of it & i don't feel like getting up to go look :), but i got it and i've been taking it. Reason I'm worried is last year i was taking prednisone & i ended up in er cuz i threw up blood - YUCK! They said it was probably from the prednisone (was on i think 60 mg at one point - avg about 20 over the summer). Anyway, it was old blood and there weren't any major issues.
I know 10mg isn't alot, but my appetite has not increased if anything i'm having to force myself to eat. I just really dont want a repeat trip to the er - having a tube shoved up my nose & down my throat is something i can live w/out repeating! Is the nausea normal or is this something i should be calling doc about?
Thanks in advance! Sorry if i rambled - its late & my brain isn't all here right now. :)

06-09-2010, 12:07 PM
Unfortunately, nausea (and heartburn) is a common side effect of Prednisone. Right now, you are on a pretty low dose and hopefully the nausea will not worsen. Does the stomach medicine help at all? Taking prednisone with food is generally enough to prevent nausea. Avoid things that worsen the symptoms, and try antacids (milk of magnesia and calcium tablets, like Tums), saltines, or ginger ale to lessen symptoms.

If the symptoms worsen or other worrisome symptoms appear, do contact your doctor,

Peace and Blessings

06-10-2010, 05:53 PM
Thank you! The medicine is helping, I just had to figure out the best way to take it. I found out that if I take the Prilosec in the morning, then take the Prednisone either around lunch or after it doesn't upset my tummy as much. Now if I just didn't have to take the stupid Prednisone I would avoid the upset tummy all together! hehe :)

the wingless one
06-10-2010, 08:21 PM
I've been having nausea issues lately as well but I've noticed that sucking on a mint seems to help and I found some info that says mint is a natural way to combat nausea!