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:
Prednisone is used to treat the following ailments:
- Allergic disorders
- Ulcerative colitis
- Breathing disorders
- Skin diseases
- Eye problems
- Immune system disorder
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.
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;
- a history of malaria;
- 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.