Looking for any experience or advice. I had been holding steady at 17 mgs prednisone- trying to reduce 1 mg a month or so according to the advice on the dead slow method. Started at 40mgs.
I have only been clinically diagnosed with GCA (no inflammation markers; younger onset at 52; can’t get off prednisone yet for a biopsy) and potentially PMR as my body barely works - maybe just adrenal insufficiency they say on the cortisol/energy issue since I have been in prednisone for so long?) I am 2.5+ years into this nightmare of a life. Been healthy as a horse prior to sudden illness and then bam! Left with beyond severe 24 hour head pain, jaw claudication, extreme fatigue, etc., etc.
At any rate, due to depression and anxiety, they ramped me up on Pristiq and it took 6 weeks before most of the horrible side effects went away (high blood pressure, more anxiety, more fatigue) but the pain increased head pain never has after 8 weeks. So they switched me to another and again my body went “down”. Almost like adrenal insufficiency symptoms-like the prednisone didn’t work.
So, now I’m ramping back off that one and into Viibryd and having the same issue.
Long story - sorry - for short question: has anyone else had trouble ramping up or down on antidepressants with their prednisone? Has it interfered with its efficacy at that time for you?
I am still quite depressed so will need to try this new one. Just wondering if this is a common 5-6 week ramp up or down issue with folks on prednisone; or if perhaps it’s just these two kinds that do that uniquely to my body and perhaps a different antidepressant might not have that effect?