Prednisone is known as a synthetic corticosteroid, which is used for suppressing a body’s immune system and possible inflammation.
Uses for Prednisone
Some of the uses for Prednisone are: asthma, multiple sclerosis, severe allergies, skin conditions, and arthritis. This medicine has a variety of other uses as well but that would be determined by your doctor.
Take as prescribed by your physician. For all the dosages read the back label on the package. You want to take Prednisone (Deltasone) with food. Everybody is different so make sure you read the instructions on the back of the package to see how much to take and how often to take it or not to take it. With this medicine it is very crucial not to miss any doses and to follow the instructions.
Mechanism and drug class of Prednisone
Prednisone prevents tissue in the body from becoming inflamed or from swelling or decreasing the inflammation or swelling. This drug will also boost your immune system to help with immune stimulation.
If missed a dose
If you happen to miss a dose take it quickly, or if it’s close to the next dose time then just bypass it and continue on the normal dosage schedule. Whatever you do, never double up your doses and take two at once.
Where to keep your Prednisone
Store your medication at room temperature; keep it away from wet moist areas and out of the sunlight. Always keep it out of the reach of children.
Precautions and warnings
When not to take Prednisone:
- you are currently on mifepristone;
- you suffer from a systemic fungal infection;
- you might have allergic reactions to any ingredient in Prednisone.
If any of the following refers to you, you need to contact your health care physician as soon as possible.
Certain health conditions may conflict with Prednisone, so make sure you speak with your doctor before taking Prednisone and if any of the following occurs while taking Prednisone and it gets to the point where it’s very bothersome then look for medical attention as quickly as you can:
- if you are breast-feeding, pregnant or planning to become;
- if you have a history of mental issues (depression);
- if you are on any other medication, take dietary supplement or herbal preparation;
- if you have diabetes, an underactive thyroid, or ulcerative colitis
- if you experience allergy from any medicines, food products, or other substances
- if you are to have a vaccination with a live virus vaccine (smallpox);
- if you have or recently had measles, chickenpox, tuberculosis (TB);
- if you suffer from kidney or liver problems, an underactive thyroid, ulcerative colitis, diabetes;
- if you have gastritis, heart problems, stomach obstruction, an ulcer, esophagitis;
- if you have a herpes infection in your eye or any kind of infection (fungal, bacterial, viral).
Medications that could counter act with Prednisone
Tell your physician if you are currently on other medicines, particularly any from this list:
ü hydantoins (phenytoin), troleandomycin as side effects, such as muscle aches, weakness, confusion, joint pain or low level of blood sugar may occur;
- steroidal contraceptives (desogestrel), clarithromycin azole antifungals (ketoconazole), anticoagulants (warfarin) and aspirin because the actions and side effects of these medicines might be decreased or increased;
- barbiturates (phenobarbital), carbamazepine or rifampin as it decreases the effectiveness of Prednisone;
- ritodrine or methotrexate because the side effects and actions of these drugs may be increased;
- mifepristone, hydantoins (phenytoin), live vaccines due to the fact effectiveness of these medications may be lower than you expect.
Common Side effects
Any kind of medication can cause side effects, all depends on the individual, but Prednisone has had or very rarely will have any side effects on any individual. But as a precaution check with your doctor and see if any of the following side effects could or do bother you, or become bothersome:
Increase in sweating, increase in eating, feeling dizzy, nausea, nervousness, indigestion, or mood swings.
If any of the following happens, then ask for medical help immediately:
headache; any severe allergic reactions (tightness in the chest; difficulty with breathing; diarrhea; itching; sore throat; swelling of the mouth, face or tongue; rash; hives); appetite loss; swelling of legs or feet; black stools; changes in menstrual periods; depression; muscle weakness; sense of well-being without any reason for it; general discomfort in your body; fever; increased eye pressure; mood swings; puffing of the face; muscle and joint pain; severe nausea; unusual weight loss or gain; convulsions; vomiting.
Any questions or concerns regarding Prednisone (Deltasone), contact your physician, pharmacist, or another health care provider. Only take Prednisone if it has been prescribed to you, never share it with anybody or take it if somebody has it even if you’re the same size, etc. every individual is different and has different health backgrounds that could make the world of a difference good or bad.
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