Oh, there are side effects
I’ve been on 10 mg every other day (essentially 5mg/day) for 13 years now. have gone up to 60mg during 4 relapses, but only for a few months.
my side effects:
weight gain: I’m 20 lbs overweight. MY GP and neuro say that’s pretty good for long-term pred used.
bruising: I bruise very easily–even during massage!
bone density: it’s low. My bone density started showing signs of early stages of osteoporosis about 6 years in, when I was in my mid-30s. Unfortunately, I had some additional side effects from Fosamax, and all the other osteo. drugs are for post-menopausal women only.
BUT, I can walk. And there’s no way I could without it.
It’s different for everyone. One neuro tried to wean me off pred completely, as he was sure that this low dose wasn’t doing anything for me. My relapse was very quick, and so I went back on.