Long-term use of steroids may lead to bone loss osteoporosis , especially if you smoke, if you do not exercise, if you do not get enough vitamin D or calcium in your diet, or if you have a family history of osteoporosis. Talk with your doctor about your risk of osteoporosis. Prednisone can cause low birth weight or birth defects if you take the medicine during your first trimester. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using this medication. Use effective birth control. Prednisone can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
Steroids can affect growth in children. Talk with your doctor if you think your child is not growing at a normal rate while using this medicine. How should I take prednisone? Take prednisone exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Follow all directions on your prescription label. Your doctor may change your dose to make sure you get the best results. Do not take this medicine in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. Take prednisone with food. Your dosage needs may change if you have any unusual stress such as a serious illness, fever or infection, or if you have surgery or a medical emergency.
Do not change your medication dose or schedule without your doctor's advice. Measure liquid prednisone with a special dose-measuring spoon or medicine cup. If you do not have a dose-measuring device, ask your pharmacist for one. Do not crush, chew, or break a delayed-release tablet. Swallow it whole. While using prednisone, you may need frequent blood tests at your doctor's office. Your blood pressure may also need to be checked. This medication can cause unusual results with certain medical tests. Tell any doctor who treats you that you are using prednisone. You should not stop using prednisone suddenly. Follow your doctor's instructions about tapering your dose.
Wear a medical alert tag or carry an ID card stating that you take prednisone. There are also drugs that initially cause weight loss and then lead to weight gain with long-term use. Most prescription medications associated with changes in body weight affect the central nervous system. Mood stabilizers lithium, valproic acid , antipsychotics, and anticonvulsants have also been linked with weight gain. Other drugs that have been reported to cause weight gain include diabetes medications insulin, sulfonylureas, and thiazolidinediones , antihypertensive drugs, certain hormonal contraceptives, corticosteroids such as prednisone , antihistamines, some chemotherapy regimens, and antiretroviral protease inhibitors.
If you think a drug you are taking is causing weight gain, tell your health care provider. Do not stop any medication or change the dose without first talking to your provider. Only your doctor can tell you how long you may need to be on a medication such as prednisone. It is possible to need to be on it long-term for some conditions. I was put on prednisone for an outbreak of hives at a minute clinic. I have been on it for 14 days. My doctor today was very upset that I was given this medication for a mild hive breakout, and told me to stop taking it ASAP. I have done a little research and am now am afraid of any possible side effects.
Is prednisone usually prescribed for hives? Started on high dosage six pills for six days then five, four, three, and two. I have had headaches since the dose went down. Hives are an allergic reaction to a foreign substance such as a cosmetic, poison ivy, etc. Prednisone is a steroid medication that prevents the release of chemicals in the body that cause this inflammation. The most common side effects of prednisone are sleep problems, mood changes, acne, dry or thinning skin, slow wound healing, headache, dizziness, nausea, and bloating or water retention. Prednisone can also interact with many disease states or health conditions. Many patients do experience side effects with prednisone, especially if it is taken longer than a few weeks.
Due to the risks of prednisone therapy, many health care providers do not recommend using it for mild allergic reactions. In these cases, antihistamines are considered first line therapy. If you would like to submit another question, return to Everyday Health. Burton Dunaway, PharmD Q: What do you take prednisone for? Deltasone prednisone is a corticosteroid, not to be confused with anabolic steroids that body builders may use, used to reduce pain caused from inflammation and swelling. For quick, acute cases, it is often given in a large dose, and then reduced in dose each day for approximately a week, until it is gone.
For chronic conditions, it may be used at a constant, lower daily dose than the large burst. Short-term side effects include stomach upset, increased blood sugar levels, and insomnia. Therefore, it is recommended to be taken first thing in the morning after breakfast. However, when taking the large burst, it can be hard on the stomach, even after a full meal. For this reason, the large burst dosing may be broken into half the daily dose after breakfast and half the daily dose after lunch. The earlier in the day it is finished, the better, as it will not interfere with sleep if taken early. The dosepaks recommend it to be taken in spread out time periods throughout the day, including bedtime, to decrease the stomach upset.
However, studies have shown issues with sleep, so the earlier, the better. Side effects of long term use may include truncal weight gain, osteoporosis, glaucoma, type II diabetes mellitus, Cushing's syndrome which may cause a "moon" face and "buffalo hump" when fat grows along the collar bone and the back of the neck, and depression upon withdrawal it should always be tapered and not stopped suddenly. Due to to long-term side effects, it is important to weigh the risks versus benefits with this medication. Patti Brown, PharmD Q: I've been taking prednisone for four days, and my blood pressure has dropped several points plus I am weak. Can prednisone cause this? Prednisone belongs to a class of drugs, called corticosteroids, that prevents the release of substances in the body that cause inflammation.
Prednisone is used to treat many different conditions such as allergic disorders, skin conditions, ulcerative colitis, arthritis, lupus, psoriasis, or breathing disorders. Common side effects of prednisone include insomnia, mood changes, acne, dry skin, thinning skin, bruising or discoloration, slow wound healing, increased sweating, headache, dizziness, nausea, stomach pain, bloating, and changes in the shape or location of body fat. These changes can be seen especially in your arms, legs, face, neck, breasts, and waist. Blood pressure changes can happen with prednisone.
However, it usually causes hypertension high blood pressure because it tends to cause the body to retain fluids. Please consult with your health care provider regarding the symptoms you are experiencing. You may also get more information by using the Everyday Health Symptom Checker. This is not a complete list of side effects that can occur with prednisone. Your doctor or health care provider is best able to properly evaluate your medical condition and make recommendations based on your specific circumstances. For more specific information, consult with your doctor or local pharmacist for guidance based on your health status and current medications.
Sarah Lewis, PharmD Q: Can prednisone cause you to be very emotional and cry a lot? Prednisone is a medication that is used to treat a variety of conditions. It is a steroid that is used for inflammation or for suppressing the immune system. The prescribing information on prednisone lists the following as the most common side effects of the medication: If you are experiencing side effects that interrupt your daily activities you should consult with your physician to see if another medication may be chosen to help with your condition. Lori Poulin, PharmD Q: I was prescribed prednisone 5 mg 2 tablets 4 times a day, for discomfort of a root canal that was performed about 4 months ago.
Is 2 tablets too much? Should it be 1 tablet? The doctor told me 1 tablet in the morning at 1 at night for 5 days. But when I received the prescription it said 2 tablets 4 times a day. Please advise. Prednisone belongs to a class of drugs called corticosteroids that prevents the release of substances involved in inflammation. It is used to treat inflammation from a variety of conditions, including allergic reactions, skin conditions, ulcerative colitis, arthritis, lupus, psoriasis, and breathing disorders.
This is not a complete list of prednisone uses. The dosing of prednisone can vary widely. Always follow your doctor's instructions and the directions on your prescription label. If you have questions or concerns about these instructions or if they do not match, contact your doctor or local pharmacist for help. If prednisone was prescribed by your dentist, contact your dentist to clarify the instructions for taking it. My wife had a mild stroke last night, she has problems on the left side of her face, her face dropped, and she slurs her words when she is talking. She went to the doctor's office and he prescribed prednisone 5mg. Please, could you tell me if this is the right medication for her?
Prednisone prevents the release of substances in the body that cause inflammation. Prednisone is used to treat many different conditions such as allergic disorders, arthritis, skin conditions, ulcerative colitis, lupus, psoriasis, and breathing disorders. According to the FDA approved drug information, prednisone is not indicated for the treatment or prevention of stroke. A stroke occurs when the blood supply to the brain is interrupted depriving brain of oxygen. When a stroke occurs, brain cells begin to die within minutes. The use of drugs like cocaine and amphetamines, birth control pills, estrogen replacement therapy, and binge drinking can increase the risk of having a stroke.
The most common type of stroke is an ischemic stroke which is caused by the blockage of an artery. People who have high blood pressure and high cholesterol are at an increased risk for having a stroke. Obesity and smoking are also risk factors. Lifestyle modifications may help prevent stroke. Studies suggest that a healthy diet of whole grains, vegetables, and fruits; and moderate exercise can lower blood pressure and cholesterol. Medications that lower blood pressure are often used to treat and prevent strokes. If the stroke is caused by a blot clot, blood thinning medications are often used.
Consult with your physician for more information about treating stroke. I took 60 mg of prednisone for Myasthenia Gravis daily for almost 5 months. I became very fatigued. I just layed around for days with no energy, and gained 27 lbs. I had several infections. My doctor said my body was not compatible with prednisone. What did he mean by this and what long term damage has been done to my body? There is not a concern about long term damage unless you are experiencing some unwanted adverse events. Consult with your doctor if you have any concerns or are experiencing any problems.
I'm currently taking prednisone 20mg twice a day for my gout attack. Would the drug have anything to do with why I've been feeling so bloated in my stomach lately? It feels tight even though I have not eaten anything. I don't think it is gas. Prednisone Deltasone is classified as a corticosteroid medication. Prednisone works in the body by preventing the release of substances that are responsible for causing inflammation. Prednisone is used to treat various medical conditions including gout. According to medical references, abdominal distension is a possible side effect reported by studied patients taking prednisone.
If you think that you are experiencing a possible side effect from your medication, talk with your physician. Do not stop taking or change the dose of your medication without talking to your physician first. What is prednisone used for? Prednisone is a corticosteroid anti-inflammatory medication, not to be confused with anabolic steroids that some athletes use, which is given to block the immune system somewhat, and reduce swelling it can cause. Prednisone can also be used as an antitumor medication, along with other anticancer drugs. Prednisone suppresses the adrenal glands, so it can also be used to treat congenital adrenal hyperplasia, where the adrenal glands become very large.
Migraines and cluster headaches have also been successfully treated by prednisone. Patients with MS Multiple sclerosis can have a periodic attack of cerebral inflammation which improves with IV prednisone. When taking the tablets, it is usually given in a large burst in dose, and then decreased over approximately 7 days. A major side effect is insomnia, so the sooner in the day that the doses can be taken, the better. On the first few days, the dose is large and could be taken all at once in the morning, but the other major side effect is stomach upset.
Therefore, taking half of the daily dose after a good breakfast and then again after a good lunch would could down on the side effect of an upset stomach. If a person is going to be put on the medication longer, and on a daily basis, it is usually given at a lower dose, which can be taken after breakfast each day. There are long term side effects which may occur, so it is best to stop taking the medication when it is possible. What is in prednisone that makes one put on weight, causes joints to hurt and eyesight to be impaired? Prednisone, like all steroids, has significant side effects especially when taken long term.
It is always best to only use prednisone and other steroids for a short time if possible, however some conditions may require long term use. For more information on Prednisone: Corticosteroids are used to treat many different conditions such as allergic disorders, skin conditions, ulcerative colitis, Crohn's Disease, arthritis, lupus, psoriasis, or breathing disorders. Prednisone is converted in your body, by the liver, into prednisolone. I want to join Weight Watchers. I'm taking prednisone and will be downsizing it until at least December. Can I lose weight while taking that? I think that it is great that you are joining Weight Watchers.
While I do not know the dosage that you are taking, many patients do retain salt and water and have difficulty building muscle while on prednisone. I usually recommend lighter exercise including walking, light bike riding and using an elliptical trainer. Keep in mind that recovery times for people on steroids is longer than normal and that on occasion prednisone may interfere with sleep patterns, which may also affect recovery. While we usually recommend that patients on prednisone continue to exercise, we usually recommend that they keep the weight training very light and to eliminate strength training until you have concluded your prednisone course.
Matt Curley, PharmD Q: Prednisone is killing my full stomach even with food and Pepto-Bismol. My stomach hurts so much I can't breathe. What else can I do? If you are having this much problem when taking prednisone, then you should let your health care provider know. They will want to know that you are having this problem and see what may be causing this. I am not sure if the predinsone is interacting with any other medications you may be taking but once again talk to your provider. Before taking any OTC medications, check with your pharmacist to be sure they do not interact with any medications you may be taking.
Gerald R. How safe is prednisone? Prednisone is an oral corticosteroid that mimics cortisol, which is secreted by the adrenal gland. The clinical use of prednisone started around 1955, and it has literally saved thousands of lives since that time. While oral prednisone therapy does have its drawbacks, some weight gain, salt and water retention, increased chance of infection. The anti-inflammitory properties and its ease of use have not been paralleled in the field of pharmacology since. When given for a specific purpose, prednisone is one of the safest, most tolerated medications in the compendium.
Can taking prednisone have anything to do with pancreatic cancer? Prednisone belongs to a class of medications called corticosteroids, and it prevents the release of substances in the body that cause inflammation. Prednisone is used to treat a variety of conditions, including skin conditions, allergy conditions, asthma, and inflammation. Its side effects include sleep problems, dry skin, dizziness, nausea, and changes in the shape of body fat. Pancreatitis, or inflammation of the pancreas, are also listed as possible side effects of prednisone, but pancreatic cancer is not. My wife had a mild stroke last night and now has drooping on the left side of her face, as well as slurred speech.
Her doctor prescribed prednisone. Is this the right medication for her? It's used to treat many different conditions, including allergic disorders, arthritis, skin conditions, ulcerative colitis, lupus, psoriasis, and breathing disorders. Prednisone is not generally prescribed for the treatment or prevention of stroke. A stroke occurs when the blood supply to the brain is interrupted, depriving the brain of oxygen. The use of drugs such as cocaine and amphetamines, birth control pills, estrogen replacement therapy, and binge drinking can increase the risk of having a stroke. The most common type of stroke is an ischemic stroke, which is caused by the blockage of an artery.
Studies suggest that a healthy diet of whole grains, vegetables, and fruits, plus moderate exercise, can lower blood pressure and cholesterol. If the stroke is caused by a blot clot, blood-thinning medications are often used. My doctor gave me prednisone for chronic pain. Can this be taken more than just that pack I got, like one or two pills a day instead of that pack? It has helped my pain so much. I dread when I am finished with the pack. Prednisone is a corticosteroid medication that is used to treat a variety of pain and inflammatory conditions. You should take the prednisone pack exactly as it was prescribed by your physician.
If the pain returns when you have completed the course of prednisone, call your physician. There are many possible risks to long-term corticosteroid therapy. Long-term use of corticosteroids can cause high blood pressure, osteoporosis, diabetes, and depression. Discuss the risks and benefits of prednisone therapy with your physician. Mobic meloxicam and Celebrex celecoxib are prescription non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs NSAIDs that are effective in relieving pain and inflammation. They can increase your risk of serious gastrointestinal problems including bleeding and ulcers, but this side effect can be minimized by taking them with proton pump inhibitors PPIs such as Prilosec omeprazole or Prevacid lansoprazole.
Can a small amount of prednisone 2-5 mg taken daily for myasthenia gravis cause dizziness? Yes, there is a possibility that even small doses of prednisone may cause dizziness. Dizziness is listed as one of the more common side effects of prednisone. Usually, this side effect will go away with time as your body gets adjusted to the medication. If this is not the case for you, try speaking with your doctor to see if there is another drug that you may be able to try. Megan Uehara, PharmD Q: What is the highest dose of prednisone I can take safely? There is actually no absolute maximum dosage for prednisone.
However, it is not unsafe to take higher doses. It just depends on how your body reacts to the medication and how the side effects impact you. Will prednisone raise my blood sugar? Mine has actually come down. I am diabetic. I have reviewed your question regarding prednisone and your blood glucose level. It is used to treat certain inflammatory diseases. Short-term side-effects include high blood glucose levels, especially in patients who already have diabetes mellitus. Continue to monitor your blood glucose levels and if you notice an increase, contact your physician.
Joseph Hall, RPh Q: I take prednisone and wonder what its side effects are over time. There are many possible side effects with prednisone, but they're patient specific. You should consult your doctor if you think you're having a reaction to prednisone. Lowell Sterler, RPh Q: I've been on prednisone for more than a year. Could it be causing my extra-dry skin and hair, and the bruises I now get easily? Prednisone packaging does list dry skin and easy bruising as side effects. Is prednisone working at the dose you're on? Maybe you can reduce how much you take, but consult your doctor first to find out. Are you using moisturizers to help with the dry skin?
If not, you could start using one multiple times of day, as needed. I take prednisone but am looking for an alternative. Are there any good substitutes? Prednisone is a corticosteroid not an anabolic, which is what bodybuilders use that reduces inflammation. That having been said, NSAIDs nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs can also be used for inflammation, but they're usually not as strong. If you aren't tolerating your prednisone, you can try dividing the dose between morning and afternoon, and take it after a meal. It can interfere with sleep, so the earlier in the day you take it, the better. About 3 weeks ago, I got poison ivy.
I went to a clinic so it could be controlled. The prescription that was given was prednisone. After taking it, my rash was slowly clearing, but I started itching on my back and around the creases of my body. It then started to itch like crazy. My job is very physical, so I sweat all day. I really started to break out. I finally finished the medication 2 days ago but still have the rash and still itch but not as bad. What do you recommend? There are different things that could cause the rash and itching. You could be allergic to the prednisone. Your poison ivy could have spread.
You could have a reaction to all the sweating you have done recently. Or it could be something completely different. The recommendation is for you to talk to your health care provider regarding the rash. Your health care provider can properly diagnose what it is causing it and recommend specific treatment. If you start noticing any difficulty breathing or swelling of the throat or tongue, seek immediate emergency medical help as this would be signs of an anaphylactic reaction. Attached is a link to additional information provided by Everyday Health regarding rash.
Can you still lose weight with diet and exercise while on prednisone for COPD? My face and stomach swell up so bad that it hurts, and I just lose all my desire to go to the gym. And prednisone makes me so hungry. According to Lexi-Comp, prednisone Deltasone has the associated adverse effects including fluid retention and abdominal distention. These side effects could be the cause of your swelling and discomfort. If you are experiencing pain, then it is important for you to talk to your physician regarding your symptoms.
If you are eating unhealthy or in excess, then changing your diet could help you shed some pounds. Exercises can also help with weight control. Make sure that you talk with your physician before beginning an exercise program, especially since you have COPD. Please talk with your health care provider regarding your medical conditions and possible medication side effects.
Long-term effects of corticosteroids, the class of drugs that includes prednisone, include an increased risk of osteoporosis, thinning skin, bruising easily, increased risk of infections, increased blood sugar levels, and cataracts. Patients should discuss these risks with their health care provider and ask how to reduce the risks of these side effects. Do not stop or change the amount of medication you take without talking to your health care provider first. Can polymyalgia rheumatica be a result of taking simvistatin? I was taking simvistatin and almost wound up not being able to function.
Now I am on prednisone. Is my body ruined? How long do you think I might be on prednisone? I am taking 20 mg once a day but after 24 hours I can feel it wearing off. While there is no certainty for what causes polymyalgia rheumatica, simvistatin can cause problems in some people that result in muscle aches, fever, bloating , and overall malaise. In some cases this is a result of acute damage to the liver or kidney and as long as the causing agent isn't continuously taken, it will not cause permanent damage. The prednisone will help with the pain, fever, and reduction of the inflammation. Since you have already taken the prednisone for over a week, you will eventually have to taper down off of the dose.
Will prednisone keep my diabetes' numbers up? Yes, long term use of prednisone may elevate your blood sugar. Can taking prednisone for 6 to 12 months cause a prediabetic condition, high blood sugar, high cholesterol and pre-osteoporosis? It is always important to be aware of the side effects of a medication so you can recognize the symptoms if they occur. According to the research available, prolonged use of prednisone may increase the risk for osteoporosis and cause changes in blood glucose sugar levels. It is important, with prolonged treatment with prednisone, that you are routinely monitored by a healthcare provider.
Contact your doctor if you experience any unusual or bothersome symptoms while taking prednisone. For additional information regarding prednisone: How much is too much prednisone? I have been taking 20mg for 5 days along with cephalexin. Clinical studies show that prednisone 20 mg daily fits in the ranges of usual daily doses. Prednisone is used to treat inflammation associated with illnesses. If a patient's kidney function or liver function is low, then a doctor might prescribe a lower dose. Cephalexin is an antibiotic and these medications are commonly prescribed together to treat infections.
Can prednisone affect A1c, TSH, and blood pressure? Your question regards prednisone and if the medication can affect hemoglobin A1c a measure of blood sugar control , TSH thyroid-stimulating hormone , and blood pressure. According to LexiComp, prednisone can alter glucose production and regulation and possibly cause hyperglycemia higher blood sugar. Prednisone has also been shown to cause fluid retention and hypertension elevated blood pressure. Finally, prednisone can cause thyroid changes and sometimes dosages need adjustment. Here is a page with additional information about prednisone: Jennyfer Marisco, RPh Q: I've been on prednisone for my asthma for more than 20 years.
I also take Singulair and theophylline along with two inhalers, albuterol and Advair 500. Prednisone side effects are getting worse and the doctors say there is nothing more they can do. Is there any help in sight for prednisone-dependent patients? The treatment strategy for asthma, as for many other conditions, is based on a number of patient-specific characteristics. Your health care provider is the best person to help you determine a plan for treating your asthma. Dosage requirements for prednisone are variable and must be tailored to the individual patient. Meanwhile, doctors have learned a great deal about allergies and the immune system in recent years, and some of this knowledge is being used to develop medications to treat asthma.
The hope is to provide new and improved therapies for people with asthma and allergies. Derek Dore, PharmD Q: My son has been taking prednisone for 2 years. What are the long-term side effects for this medication for a 5 year old child? Prednisone is a synthetic corticosteroid, a glucocorticoid, used to treat many different conditions such as allergic disorders, skin conditions, ulcerative colitis, arthritis, lupus, psoriasis, or breathing disorders. Side effects resulting from treatment with glucocorticoids are dependent upon the size of the dose and the duration of treatment.
In general, taking prednisone for long periods of time may cause, increased facial hair, fracture of weight bearing bones legs and hips , glaucoma, increased risk of developing blood clots and swelling of theface. These are not all the possible side effects that can occur with prednisone. Shereen A. Gharbia, PharmD Q: I have prednisone-induced osteoporosis. I am tapering off prednisone, down to 4 mg daily. How much does 4 mg harm bones, compared to higher doses? However, according to some medical evidence, patients on doses as low as 2. This information is solely educational. It's important to consult with your physician or health care provider about any specific question regarding your medical conditions or medications; particularly before taking any action.
Is 20mg of prednisone twice a day a low dose? This is my third day of six and I am experiencing tightness in my chest. I do not know what condition you are using the prednisone to treat, but 20mg twice daily is in the dosage range of this medication. If you are experiencing tightness in your chest or shortness of breath, you should contact your health care provider and let them know the symptoms you are having. They would want to know about this so they can give your the best medical treatment for your condition. Take your prednisone with food around the same time each day. Not knowing what other medications you may be taking, you should also talk to your pharmacist to see if there are any drug interactions taking place.
I have included a site with more information: Levy, RPh Q: My 5-year-old granddaughter had an asthma attack, and her lungs were swollen. Is it normal to put a 5-year-old on prednisone for 5 days? Could this harm her in any way? Prednisolone is a glucocorticoid that depresses the release or activity of inflammation or histamines. Prednisolone is found in oral formulations such as Pediapred or Orapred. Prednisolone should be taken with food or milk. Fortunately, short term use of steroids do cause the unwanted side effects that are often associated with prednisone. The most common side effects of taking prednisone or prednisolone short term are trouble sleeping or excitability.
Children as young as a couple months old are sometimes given prednisolone to treat respiratory infections. Kimberly Hotz, PharmD Q: Why does prednisone cause weight gain, joint pain, and impaired vision? Prednisone is a corticosteroid used to treat many inflammatory disorders. Prednisone, like all steroids, has significant side effects especially when taken long-term. It is always best to only use prednisone and other steroids for a short time if possible; however, some conditions may require long term use. Side effects of prednisone include increased appetite and weight gain.
Long term use can cause compression fractures and osteoporosis. Long term prednisone use can lead to glaucoma or cataracts. Patients who are on long term steroid treatment need to be followed closely by their health care provider to check for these and other potentially serious side effects. Your health care provider can provide more information on your treatment course of prednisone and why it is needed. Please see the following Everyday Health link for more information on Prednisone. I take prednisone from time to time for Crohn's disease. I am aware that prednisolone has a little bit higher equivalency than prednisone. Other than that, is it the same drug and are both equally effective for my illness?
Both prednisone and prednisolone are in a class of drugs called corticosteroids. They prevent the release of substances in the body that cause inflammation. Corticosteroids are used to treat many different conditions such as allergic disorders, skin conditions, ulcerative colitis, Crohn's disease, arthritis, lupus, psoriasis, and breathing disorders. Prednisone is converted in your body by the liver into prednisolone. Prednisolone is the active corticosteroid that is primarily responsible for the effects on inflammation. Generally, prednisone is considered the corticosteroid of choice in treating inflammatory conditions.
However, some doctors prefer prednisolone for a variety of reasons. Do you lose your weight gain after stopping prednisone? Or even lowing the dose of prednisone? Weight gain is usually the most dreaded side effect of steroid use, incurred to some degree by nearly all patients who take them. The amount of weight gain varies from individual to individual. In addition to causing weight gain, prednisone leads to a redistribution of body fat to places that are undesirable, particularly the face, back of the neck, and abdomen. For more information on prednisone, click on this link: Will prednisone keep me awake at night?
Prednisone is in a class of medications called corticosteroids which prevents the release of substances in the body that cause inflammation. Prednisone can be used to treat allergic disorders, skin conditions, and breathing disorders. Side effects of prednisone may include headache, dizziness, increased sweating, stomach pain, and sleep problems. Typically, prednisone is taken in the morning with food because of the possibility of insomnia. For more information on prednisone: I am taking prednisone for 8 days. I have begun having lower back spasms. Does this have anything to do with the prednisone?
There is no mention of lower back spasms as a reported adverse effect of prednisone Deltasone. The closest mention was a side effect of muscle weakness. It is important to ask your health care provider about questions you have about possible side effects from your medications. Please talk with your health care provider regarding the lower back spasms for further guidance. Click here for additional information provided by Everyday Health regarding back pain. Jen Marsico, RPh Q: Should predisone be taken daily or just as needed? Prednisone is an oral steroid used to reduce inflammation in the body.
It is typically taken daily for a specified period of time or daily long term for certain chronic conditions. Prednisone can also be prescribed as needed depending on the medical condition being treated. There is no standard way to take prednisone, thus it is important that you take Prednisone only as prescribed for you. If you received a prednisone prescription from your local pharmacy without specific directions, contact the pharmacy or your doctor Q: Can prednisone cause or aggravate inflammation in the shoulder? I could not find any reference to Prednisone causing inflammation or aggravating inflammation in the shoulder. I did run across several references that stated that moderate to severe pelvic inflammatory disease PID may cause pain in the right shoulder area.
I would consult with my physician a gynecologist would be great if this could in fact be a symptom related to the PID or may be due to another underlying issue. Melissa Liddle, PD Q: What is the best way to lose weight that you gained from being on prednisone in the past year? The only real way to lose weight is to burn more calories than are consumed. Calories are burned at rest performing basic bodily functions. It is possible to increase metabolism which will increase the calories the body burns on its own. Some possible ways to increase metabolism include not skipping meals, eating many small meals rather than going for long period without eating and by increasing muscle mass through exercise.
Cardiovascular exercise such as walking or swimming will help burn calories above and beyond what your body burns to function. Even starting with small amounts of exercise and slowly working up can be beneficial. It is important to consult with your doctor before starting an exercise program. Cutting down on calories is another way to lose weight. The combination of decreased calories with increased activities will be the most effective. Cutting calories too much is not the answer either. This puts your body into starvation mode and slows your metabolism which causes you to hold onto weight. A well-balanced diet which includes fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean protein is important.
Speak with a dietician about what your dietary goals should be and a dietary plan that would be ideal for you. For more specific information, consult with your doctor or pharmacist for guidance based on your health status and current medications, particularly before taking any action. Laura Cable, PharmD Q: Does 2 mg daily of prednisone do any damage to bones? Prednisone is in a drug class called corticosteroids. Prednisone is used alone or combined with other medicines to treat symptoms of having low corticosteroid levels in the body.
Corticosteroids are natural hormones produced by the body that are necessary for the body to function normally. Prednisone is also used in people who have normal corticosteroid levels, but who have certain medical conditions, such as arthritis, severe allergic reactions, multiple sclerosis, lupus, asthma, and other medical conditions involving the lungs, skin, eyes, kidneys, blood, thyroid, stomach, and intestines. However, medical evidence does show that patients on doses as low as 2. Kristen Dore, PharmD Q: Is there some thing compariable to prednisone without all the nasty side affects?
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