Prednisone

What is Prednisone/ Sterapred?
Prednisone, previously brought to the market as Meticorten in 1955 by The Schering Plough, is a corticosteroid, a form of steroid produced by our body to fight different illnesses and some injuries. This drug can reduce swelling and is commonly used by people with low levels of cortisol, a steroid hormone, serving as a compensation or replacement.

Prednisone is incredibly useful and works along with other drugs on treatment of conditions like: lupus, multiple sclerosis, arthritis, kidney and intestinal diseases and even some types of cancer!

It’s a quite common medicine nowadays, with names like Sterapred or Prednisone Intensol, it can be found in a generic form and it’s available in many presentations, as liquid and tablets that could have a dose of 1, 2.5, 5, 10, 20 and 50 (mg)
Prednisone, like any other medication should be taken with caution, even more, in special conditions, such as motherhood. Its use could be dangerous to the fetus and even after the pregnancy is quite risky while breastfeeding, for it is known that passes through breast milk to the child. So before you take it, it would be a good idea to call your doctor and ask if it’s wise.

Also, you’d be surprised to know that Prednisone is used on veterinary. Yes, it’s given to dogs, to control swelling and immune-system conditions, like: allergies, asthma and lupus. However it is not recommended for a long time because it causes skin problems and kidney affections.

Prednisone Side Effects

Common side effects:

Headache
Dizziness
Insomnia
Severe mood swings.
Fragile skin
Extreme tiredness
Low sex drive

Serious side effects:

Vision problems
Signs of infection.
Depression
Involuntary hand shaking
Numbness.
Upset stomach or vomiting
Irregular heartbeat
Shortness of breath.

Prednisone Dosage

It varies according to doctor’s observations based on your condition, nevertheless 5 mg daily is the usual physiologic dose for adults and it tends to be from one to four times daily. Prednisone is taken with food and if you’re taking it in the liquid form, you can mix it with your drink.

Dosage is always based on doctor’s instructions which you need to follow very carefully in order to success on treatment.
Should you miss a dose, call your doctor and stick to his/her orders
Don’t take twice as much prednisone to make up for a missed dose. It’s dangerous.
However if you feel better while taking Prednisone, don’t stop taking it unless you have orders to do so. If you abruptly stop, you might not get good results because your body could not have enough natural steroids to function properly, causing symptoms like weakness, weight loss and fatigue.

It’s essential to keep the exact dosage in mind because in case of overdose, Prednisone can be dangerous and bring terrible symptoms like: convulsions, psychosis and deafness. Consult your doctor about what to do in case of suspected overdose. If someone’s collapsing or unresponsive, call 911.

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