Drug: Prednisone

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What is Prednisone?

Prednisone is a synthetic corticosteroid drug that acts like the hormones made by your body’s adrenal gland. Corticosteroids are known for their extreme anti-inflammatory effects. This medicine is often prescribed to treat a wide range of diseases and conditions, particularly those marked by inflammation.


Uses of Prednisone


Prednisone is a versatile drug, used to manage many conditions, including:

  • Asthma
  • Arthritis
  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Skin conditions
  • Allergic reactions
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

The actions it takes includes reducing the number of antigens and repressing immune system cells in cases such as where the immune system has been attacking one’s own tissues.


How to Take Prednisone


Prednisone comes in different forms that include tablets, liquid solutions and concentrated solutions to be taken by mouth. Your medical practitioner will decide which quantity and form suits your condition best as possible. It’s important that you follow orders given by your healthcare provider closely while taking Prednisone so as to evade side effects it might cause.


Possible Side Effects

Inflammation treatment and autoimmune diseases can be well treated with Prednisone but there may be some side effects especially if used for long term purposes. These include:

  • Increase in appetite;
  • Weight gain;
  • Hypertension;
  • Feelings swinging from one end to another;
  • Sleeplessness.

More of these problems may require immediate attention from a health care provider. Such include severe allergies, eyesight problems and symptoms of infections.

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