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What is Prednisone?

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September
21

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Prednisone is a corticosteroid. It prevents the release of substances in the body that cause inflammation. It also suppresses the immune system.

Prednisone is used as an anti-inflammatory or an immunosuppressant medication. It treats many different conditions such as allergic disorders, skin conditions, ulcerative colitis, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, psoriasis, or breathing disorders.

How to Use Prednisone?

Take this medication by mouth, with food/water to prevent stomach upset, as directed by your doctor. If you are using the liquid form of this medication, carefully measure the dosage. If you are prescribed only one dose per day, take it in the morning before 9 am. Prednisone must be taken exactly as directed by your doctor; the dosage and length of treatment are based on your medical condition and response to treatment. Do not stop taking this medication without consulting your doctor. Some conditions may become worse when this drug is suddenly stopped. Also, you may experience symptoms such as weakness, weight loss, nausea, muscle pain, headache, tiredness, dizziness. To prevent these symptoms while you are stopping treatment with this drug, your doctor may reduce your dose gradually. Report any new or worsening symptoms right away to your doctor.

What are the side effects of Prednisone?

Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects. If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly. Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he/she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Tell your doctor right away if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur: Nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, heartburn, trouble sleeping, increased sweating, muscle pain/cramps, irregular heartbeat, weakness, swelling hands/ankles/feet, weight gain, signs of infection such as fever, persistent sore throat, vision problems black/bloody stools, severe stomach pain, depression, mood swings, agitation, slow wound healing, thinning skin, bone pain, menstrual period changes, puffy face, seizures, easy bruising/bleeding; For a complete list of side effects contact your pharmacy or your doctor.

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