prednisone (Prednisone Intensol, Rayos)

  • Pharmacy Author:
    Omudhome Ogbru, PharmD

    Dr. Ogbru received his Doctorate in Pharmacy from the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy in 1995. He completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at the University of Arizona/University Medical Center in 1996. He was a Professor of Pharmacy Practice and a Regional Clerkship Coordinator for the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy from 1996-99.

  • Medical and Pharmacy Editor: Jay W. Marks, MD
    Jay W. Marks, MD

    Jay W. Marks, MD

    Jay W. Marks, MD, is a board-certified internist and gastroenterologist. He graduated from Yale University School of Medicine and trained in internal medicine and gastroenterology at UCLA/Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

GENERIC NAME: prednisone

BRAND NAMES: Prednisone Intensol, Rayos

DISCONTINUED BRANDS: Deltasone, Orasone, Prednicen-M, Liquid Pred, Paracort, Servisone, Meticorten, Fernisone, Delta-Dome, Cortan




Prednisone is used in the management of inflammatory conditions or diseases in which the immune system plays an important role. Since prednisone is used in so many conditions, only the most common or established uses are mentioned here. Prednisone most often is used for treating:

It also is used for treating

Steroids, like prednisone, are used for treating bronchitis. Corticosteroids, including prednisone, are commonly used to suppress the immune system and prevent the body from rejecting transplanted organs. Prednisone is used as replacement therapy in patients whose adrenal glands are unable to produce sufficient amounts of cortisol.


Side effects of prednisone and other corticosteroids range from mild annoyances to serious, irreversible damage, and they occur more frequently with higher doses and more prolonged treatment.

Side effects include

Prednisone also causes

  • puffiness of the face (moon face),
  • growth of facial hair,
  • thinning and easy bruising of the skin,
  • impaired wound healing,
  • glaucoma,
  • cataracts,
  • ulcers in the stomach and duodenum,
  • worsening of diabetes,
  • irregular menses,
  • rounding of the upper back ("buffalo hump"),
  • obesity,
  • retardation of growth in children,
  • convulsions, and
  • psychiatric disturbances.

The psychiatric disturbances include

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 7/28/2016

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