Prednisone (Generic Sterapred, Deltasone) is a corticosteroid that relieves inflammation by decreasing your immune system’s response to certain diseases or conditions. It can reduce symptoms of inflammation, including swelling and allergic reactions caused by multiple conditions.
What is prednisone used for?
Prednisone is used to suppress the inflammatory immune response that occurs with multiple conditions, including:
Stomach or bowel issues (Crohn’s disease)
It relieves swelling, redness, itching, and other common allergic reactions.
How does prednisone work?
Corticosteroids work by mimicking the effects of cortisol, a natural hormone produced by your adrenal glands (small glands on top of your kidneys), to reduce inflammation in your body. Corticosteroids can also suppress your immune system, so it doesn't attack your tissues when mistaking them for harmful pathogens.
Common side effects of prednisone
Slow wound healing
Headaches, dizziness, unsteadiness
Nausea, stomach pain, bloating
Serious side effects:
Blurred vision, halos around lights, or eye pain
Swelling or rapid weight gain
Shortness of breath
Severe depression or dramatic behavior, mood, or personality changes
Bloody or tarry stools
Coughing up blood
Severe pain in your upper stomach/back with nausea, vomiting, and rapid heart rate (pancreatitis)
Dangerously high blood pressure
Extreme thirst or increased urination
Prednisone dosage information
Prednisone is available in tablet strengths: 1 mg, 2.5 mg, 5 mg, 20 mg, 50 mg.
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