Prednisone
Prednisone

Prednisone is a synthetic drug that is used during allergy or in order to treat Leukemia. Prednisone is similar to cortisone; it is a glucocorticoid medication that helps prevent the release of those substances in the body which results in inflammation and in turn suppresses the immune system.  It is used as an anti-inflammatory or an immunosuppressant medication.

This product is available in the following dosage forms:

  • Tablet
  • Syrup

Uses:

Prednisone is used to treat the following ailments:

  • Allergic disorders
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Arthritis
  • Lupus
  • psoriasis
  • Breathing disorders
  • Skin diseases
  • Cancer
  • Eye problems
  • Immune system disorder

Dosage:

The usage of prednisone is as follow:

  • It is taken by mouth.
  • It is better to take it with food or milk in order to prevent a disturbed stomach.
  • If a patient is taking a tablet of this medicine then he should drink a full glass of water with it.
  • If the liquid form is used, then the patient should measure the dose carefully.
  • In order to measure the dose, a special measuring device or spoon should be used because with the household spoon there is a possibility of error.
  • If you are prescribed only one dose per day, take it in the morning before 9 A.M.
  • The medicine should be taken as prescribed by the doctor carefully on time.

Side effects

The following are some of the side effects of Prednisone.

  • It can lead to bone loss that is Osteoporosis.
  • It can result in low birth weight or birth defects if taken during the first trimester.
  • It can pass into breast milk and can affect the health of a nursing baby.
  • Affect negatively on growth in children.
  • It may lead to a change in the shape of the body.
  • It may result in slow wound healing.
  • Nausea, stomach pain and bloating.
  • blurred vision, eye pain, or seeing halos around lights.
  • swelling, rapid weight gain, feeling short of breath.
  • severe depression, feelings of extreme happiness or sadness, changes in personality or behavior, seizure.
  • bloody or tarry stools, coughing up blood.

Safety and Warnings

Following steps should be followed while using Prednisone:

  • Always take it with food.
  • Measure liquid prednisone with a special dose-measuring spoon.
  • Never chew, crush or break a tablet instead swallow it whole.
  • Check your blood pressure frequently.
  • Never stop taking prednisone suddenly because it may cause serious problems, take the advice of your doctor.
  • The patient taking prednisone should carry an ID card that states that he/she is using the steroid.
  • Prednisone should be kept away from moisture or heat and should be stored at room temperature.

To make sure prednisone is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have:

  • any illness that causes diarrhea
  • liver disease
  • kidney disease
  • heart disease, high blood pressure, low levels of potassium in your blood;
  • a thyroid disorder;
  • diabetes;
  • a history of malaria;
  • tuberculosis;
  • osteoporosis;
  • glaucoma, cataracts, or herpes infection of the eyes;
  • stomach ulcers, ulcerative colitis, or a history of stomach bleeding;
  • a muscle disorder such as myasthenia gravis;
  • depression or mental illness.