GENERIC NAME: prednisone
BRAND NAMES: Prednisone Intensol, Rayos
DISCONTINUED BRANDS: Deltasone, Orasone, Prednicen-M, Liquid Pred, Paracort, Servisone, Meticorten, Fernisone, Delta-Dome, Cortan
GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes
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:
- Several types of arthritis
- Ulcerative colitis
- Crohn's disease
- Systemic lupus
- Allergic reactions
- Severe psoriasis
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.
PREDNISONE SIDE EFFECTS:
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
- retention of sodium (salt) and fluid,
- weight gain,
- high blood pressure,
- loss of potassium,
- headache, and
- muscle weakness.
Prednisone also causes
- puffiness of the face (moon face),
- growth of facial hair,
- thinning and easy bruising of the skin,
- impaired wound healing,
- ulcers in the stomach and duodenum,
- worsening of diabetes,
- irregular menses,
- rounding of the upper back ("buffalo hump"),
- retardation of growth in children,
- convulsions, and
- psychiatric disturbances.
The psychiatric disturbances include
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