Prednisone Side Effects
Serious Side Effects of Prednisone
- rapid weight gain
- swollen hands, ankles or feet
- infection with symptoms including fever or a sore throat
- coughing up blood or vomit the appearance of coffee grounds, dark stools or bloody stools which may be signs of gastrointestinal bleeding
- strong abdominal or stomach pain
- abnormal heart beat
- feeling angry
- slow recovery time when hurt
- thinning of the skin
- aching in the bone
- changes in menstruation
- allergic reaction: dizziness, swollen or puffy face, mouth, tongue or throat, trouble breathing and hives or itchy skin
Common Side Effects of Prednisone
- lack of appetite
- sweating more frequently
- difficulty sleeping
- upset stomach
Can Prednisone Cause a Withdrawal?
Patients who have taken prednisone
for a long time or in large amounts may become dependent
on prednisone and experience withdrawal if they stop taking this medication suddenly. If use is ended abruptly
, you may suffer from withdrawal
symptoms such as:
- feeling angry or irritated
- sweating or fever
- aching of the joints or muscles
- low blood pressure
- vomiting or nausea
If you experience withdrawal
due to prednisone, call your healthcare provider.
Warnings & Recalls for Prednisone
, the Pharmacia Corporation announced the recall of one lot of Deltasone (prednisone)
. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration
, bottles of Deltasone tablets 10mg had been switched
with 5mg tablets instead. If you are taking Deltasone make sure
you are taking the proper dosage.
Prednisone may increase
your blood sugar level; if you have diabetes
monitor your reaction to prednesone regularly. Signs
of worsened diabetes include feeling thirsty or urinating more frequently.
If used regularly, prednisone may decrease
growth in children
. If your child is taking prednisone, make sure they are examined frequently by a doctor.
Prednisone can weaken
the ability of the immune system to function. Stay away
from others who may be sick or infected. Tell your doctor
if you have been sick or have become infected recently. Prednisone may reduce signs of infections
that you may develop; it is important to have a regular check-up by your doctor.
Patients taking prednisone should not receive a "live" vaccine
during treatment. The vaccine may be ineffective.
If you are taking prednisone, wear an ID card
or medical altert tag
with details about your use of this medicine. Tell all health care providers of your treatment.
Before taking prednisone, let your doctor know
- are pregnant, may become pregnant or are breastfeeding
- have liver or kidney disease
- have a thyroid disorder
- are a diabetic
- have ever had malaria
- have tuberculosis
- have osteoporosis
- have any heart disorders or disease
- have high blood pressure
- have a herpes infection in your eyes
- have a history of ulcers
- have depression or any mental disorders
- are allergic to prednesone
Prednisone and Ulcers
Prednisone may increase the risk
of stomach and intestinal ulcers. If you are taking prednisone, avoid drinking
large amounts of alcohol
(3 alcoholic beverages daily) and ask your doctor if it is safe for you to use blood-thinners
Prednisone and Pregnancy
Prednisone is an FDA pregnancy Category C drug
. This medication may effect the fetus in a pregnant woman. It is not known if it could harm
the unborn baby. Prednisone can
be passed to a nursing baby while breastfeeding but is not expected to effect the baby. Consult your doctor before using prednesone
if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant or are breastfeeding.
Prednisone Treatment and Use
Prednisone | Deltasone is a generic corticosteroid class drug used to aid the body in fighting disease and allergy-like symptoms. Prednisone may be used to treat serious medical conditions such as:
- skin diseases
- blood disorders
- serious allergic reactions
- breathing disorders
- eye problems
- immune system disorders
- gastrointestinal disorders
- poison ivy
Prednisone may not work as well in patients with liver disease or disorders.
How Does Prednisone Work?
After being converted by the liver into an enzyme, prednisone works by balancing hormone and corticosteroid levels in the blood stream that are responsible for causing inflammation. Through anti-inflammatory action, prednisone reduces the severity of symptoms of diseases and disorders affecting the immune system.
How Should Prednisone Be Used?
Prednisone comes in tablet, capsule and liquid forms. Doses and schedule for taking prednisone depend on patients medical condition, age and weight. Take prednisone only as prescribed by your doctor. Extended use of prednisone may lead to dependency. Do not stop use suddenly, you may be at risk for a withdrawl. See “Side Effects” tab for symptoms of a withdrawal.