Prednisone is known as a corticosteroid. It works by suppressing the immune system, which slows the body’s response to certain diseases or injury and as a result, reduces swelling and inflammation.
Some of the conditions Prednisone is prescribed to treat include:
Prednisone must be taken exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If you do not understand how to or when to take your prescription Prednisone, speak to your pharmacist to get clarification of any instructions you have been given. The length of time you are to take this medication and the particular dose depends on your individual condition. Prednisone is usually taken with food or milk, as it may cause an upset stomach, but speak to your doctor about how to take your dose.
Prednisone pills are available in the following strengths:
The liquid form of Prednisone should be carefully measured using the dose measuring spoon or device that comes with your prescription. It is important not to guess or to use a household teaspoon from your kitchen.
Other tips to remember when taking prescription Prednisone:
It is important not to stop taking your prescription Prednisone without your doctor’s advice, as stopping this medication suddenly may result in serious side effects such as dizziness, fatigue, headache, weakness and nausea. Usually, your dose must be reduced gradually over time, rather than stopped suddenly.
There are a few possible side effects from Prednisone. Speak to your pharmacist if any of the following symptoms become severe.
People with diabetes should take caution while taking Prednisone, as it may cause higher blood sugar. Also, because Prednisone suppresses the immune system, it may cause a higher risk of infection from cuts or scrapes. If you have diabetes, discuss your Prednisone use with your doctor and pharmacist and make sure you are monitoring your blood sugar on a regular basis.
Speak to your doctor if you have any of the following conditions:
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