PREDNISONE: PATIENT INFORMATION
What is Prednisone?
Prednisone is very similar to cortisone, a corticosteroid hormone produced by your adrenal glands. Prednisone is used for the treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis, Psoriatic Arthritis, Polymyalgia Rheumatica, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, vasculitis, many other types of autoimmune diseass.
How does Prednisone work?
Prednisone works by reducing the harmful effects of diseases affecting the immune system. Prednisone also works to reduce inflammation (heat, redness, swelling, & pain).
How is it best taken?
- Take this medicine in the morning if taking once a day.
- Take this medicine with food to prevent stomach upset.
- Take calcium and vitamin D as recommended by healthcare provider.
Who should NOT take Prednisone?
- Patients who have had a previous serious allergic reaction to Prednisone.
What are some possible side effects of this medicine?
- High blood sugar. Usually reverses when stopped.
- Risk of infection. Avoid people with infections, colds, or flu.
- Belly pain.
- Weight gain.
- Mood changes.
- Change in body fat distribution.
- Weakened bones with long-term use.
- Muscle weakness.
- Skin changes (acne, stretch marks, slow healing, hair growth).
- Cataracts or glaucoma with long-term use.
- For females, vaginal yeast infection. Report itching or discharge.
- A rare side-effect of Prednisone is damage to bones (osteonecrosis). This canoccur in any bone but the most common site is the hip, resulting in groin pain.
Do I need to have regular blood tests while taking Prednisone?
NO, you do not need to have regular blood tests while taking Prednisone.
How do I store this medicine?
- Store at room temperature.
- Protect tablets from moisture.
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