Prednisone is an corticosteroid drug prescribed to treat a wide variety of conditions including adrenocortical deficiency, inflammatory disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis and allergies. Prednisone has many side effects, the most common of which are increased appetite, nervousness, trouble sleeping and elevated blood glucose levels. Diabetics must adjust their diabetes medications while taking prednisone to account for increasing blood glucose levels. Always talk to your doctor before any adjustment to your medication regime. Amy Campbell, a registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator at Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston, explains that prednisone raises blood glucose by inducing insulin resistance, causing insulin, either that produced by your body or injected insulin, to become less effective. Prednisone also triggers your liver to release extra glucose, which when combined with insulin resistance, can lead to very high blood glucose levels, especially in diabetics who have a weakened ability to handle blood glucose fluctuation. The effect of prednisone on blood glucose is much milder in people without diabetes. For nondiabetics, acute hyperglycemia results from prednisone are usually mild, and blood glucose levels gradually return to normal once the drug is tapered off. Does anyone know how long prednisone will affect blood sugar? A doctor put me on 80 mg doses to treat one of my immune system diseases. My glucose ran up to 300 and I started having to urinate all the time. I was on a 5 day course of 30 mg a day for bronchitis and stopped it 5 days ago but am running at significantly higher sugars than I am used to. Life has gotten in the way--work, family, sick (RA), etc. He wasn't happy because my A1C still holding at 6.4 for the past 3 blood tests (since August). I got a shot in the shoulder, and was told my sugar could go up to 500. Stopped using predinisone and started using Humira. How long does blood sugar stay elevated after prednisone use is stopped? (I am currently controlling it with diet and exercise but have not been able to exercise too well due to a broken ankle 1.5 years ago.) Does anyone out there have experience using prednisolone? My 3-year-old son was just diagnosed with bronchitis after having weeks of coughing, sometimes bad enough to make him throw up. After a week or so I called my doc and asked and was told it should return in one week. I had a similar situation that doubled my insulin requirements for several weeks. This was great for several years until I developed actinimycosis (a bacteria that acts like a fungus) growing in my right lung. It's two almost three weeks and I'm still running my basal rate at 140%. As others have said, it really depends on the individual. My left foot like yours is broken ( the tip of my tibia ). I take Uceris, a steroid that is time released, so it does not affect my glucose levels. I am starting Metformin tomorrow due to an A1c of 7.0 last week which I know can be a lot worse…but I’m terrified of side effects!!! I was doing more exercise and got it down to about 140 but with my bad ankle, I had to stop so its back to the 150-160…sigh.
Low blood sugar is found among people who take Prednisone, especially for people who are female, 60+ old, have been taking the drug for 1 month, also take medication Lantus, and have Diabetes. This study is created by eHealthMe based on reports of 302,826 people who have side effects when taking. Aug 27, 2015. You may know steroids can affect your blood glucose levels, but how. Developed Ulcerative Colitis,went on Prednisone for a month, and a.