The drug Prednisone is prescribed for its anti-inflammatory effect on the body. In the body, the drug performs very much like cortisol which is a hormone found naturally in the body, is manufactured in the adrenal glands whenever the body is under stress.
When a person is injured, recently undergone surgery or is suffering from a disease, their immune system is weakened and Prednisone is often given to them to help then deal with the stress and to facilitate recovery. It is also prescribed for patients with brain-related illnesses and to help reduce tumors.
In many ways Prednisone functions like a steroid, and the risks of using the drug is the same as with steroid use. In the long run, it is thought that the benefits derived from the drug greatly outweigh the risks involved with its use.
It is however critical that patient are very upfront and fully disclose to their doctors their full medical histories, especially any pre-existing conditions they have. This is especially true of conditions such as diabetes, as an example, your doctor should be made aware that you are suffering with this condition.
Taking Prednisone long-term could reduce the efficiency of the body’s immune system. It could also hide the signs of an infection and severely reduce the body’s ability to fend off infection. If you are on the medication, you should be mindful of informing your doctor of any infection you develop. The effect of infectious diseases on patients taking Prednisone is far greater than on others and should not be given to those patients who have not been immunized. It is an effective medication, but it should never be taken lightly.
Many side effects have been documented for this drug. Most commonly seen side effects are insomnia, frequent infections, headaches, acne, and slow healing wounds. More serious side effects that are not as frequently seen are congestive heart failure, osteoporosis, pancreatitis, and psychological problems. Patients prescribed higher doses of the medication have a greater chance of suffering with severe side effects.
The medication should never be stopped without your doctor’s consent, especially if you have been taking it for a long time. To do so could result in severe problems.
Prednisone belongs to the group of steroids known as corticosteroids. There is a common misconception that the medication is connected to the problems associated with anabolic steroids (used to increase muscle mass), but that is not the case. This confusion results primarily from the terminology. Although anabolic steroids and prednisone are all steroids, the word steroid designates a group of chemical compounds with specific structural similarities. The steroid group includes corticosteroids and anabolic steroids and even Vitamin D and cholesterol.
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