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Like all drugs, prednisone has side effects, and in this case some of them are serious (myopathy=muscle disease, glaucoma, osteopenia/osteoporosis, compression fractures of the spine, endocrine problems, and blood pressure abnormalities to name a few). All practitioners want a patient to be on prednisone at the lowest possible dose for the shortest periods possible. Your new rheumatologist may want to wean you off prednisone and try other drugs with fewer side effects instead. There is really no way to tell if you will be more comfortable on a new regime until you try it.