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Prednisone Side Effects, Uses, Dosage, Safety and Warnings

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


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


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.
Teodora Torrendo
Teodora Torrendo
Teodora Torrendo is an investigative journalist and is a correspondent for European Union. She is based in Zurich in Switzerland and her field of work include covering human rights violations which take place in the various countries in and outside Europe. She also reports about the political situation in European Union. She has worked with some reputed companies in Europe and is currently contributing to USA News as a freelance journalist. As someone who has a Masters’ degree in Human Rights she also delivers lectures on Intercultural Management to students of Human Rights. She is also an authority on the Arab world politics and their diversity.

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