How does prednisone affect my body?
Prednisone regulates various chemicals produced by your body that are involved in inflammatory swelling and allergies. It, thus, modifies the immune response of your body to various medical conditions. This helps minimize the associated symptoms such as rashes, swelling and allergic reactions.
How should I use this drug?
- This medicine must be taken orally only as prescribed by your doctor.
- You should take the drug with food and a full glass of water (8 ounces/240 milliliters), unless your doctor directs you otherwise.
- You must swallow the whole tablet without crushing, chewing or breaking it.
- Do not stop taking this medicine without consulting your doctor.
What conditions does prednisone treat?
Who should not use prednisone (contraindications)?
People with certain health conditions should generally avoid using prednisone.
Before using this medication, tell your doctor if you have any medical history of:
What will happen if I use prednisone for a long period?
Prednisone can have serious short-term and long-term side effects and must only be taken under a physician’s guidance. Long-term use of prednisone can make it difficult for your body to respond to physical stress. You need to tell your doctor that you are using or have used this medication over the past one year before having surgery or emergency treatment.
Apart from making you more prone to infection, prednisone also masks the signs of infection. It may cause vaccines not to work as well.
Prolonged use of prednisone in children may slow growth. If your child is taking this medication, visit the doctor regularly to check their height and growth.
Can I use prednisone if I am pregnant/breastfeeding?
Although prednisone will rarely harm the unborn baby, always consult your doctor regarding medications during pregnancy. Infants born to mothers who have been using this medication for an extended period may have hormone problems.
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