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Prednisone Side Effects

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Serious Side Effects of Prednisone

  • rapid weight gain
  • swollen hands, ankles or feet
  • infection with symptoms including fever or a sore throat
  • blurry vision
  • coughing up blood or vomit the appearance of coffee grounds, dark stools or bloody stools which may be signs of gastrointestinal bleeding
  • seizures
  • strong abdominal or stomach pain
  • depression
  • 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
  • indigestion
  • upset stomach
  • vomiting
  • acne

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
  • headache
  • drowsiness
If you experience withdrawal due to prednisone, call your healthcare provider.