Asked by Jared Schwartze 4 months ago.
GENERIC NAME: prednisone BRAND NAME: Deltasone, Orasone, Prednicen-M, Liquid Pred DRUG CLASS AND MECHANISM: Prednisone is an oral, synthetic (man-made) corticosteroid used for suppressing the immune system and inflammation. It has effects similar to other corticosteroids such as triamcinolone (Kenacort), methylprednisolone (Medrol), prednisolone (Prelone) and dexamethasone (Decadron). These synthetic corticosteroids mimic the action of cortisol (hydrocortisone), the naturally-occurring corticosteroid produced in the body by the adrenal glands. Corticosteroids have many effects on the body, but they most often are used for their potent anti-inflammatory effects, particularly in those conditions in which the immune system plays an important role. Such conditions include arthritis, colitis, asthma, bronchitis, certain skin rashes, and allergic or inflammatory conditions of the nose and eyes. Prednisone is inactive in the body and, in order to be effective, first must be converted to prednisolone by enzymes in the liver. Therefore, prednisone may not work as effectively in people with liver disease whose ability to convert prednisone to prednisolone is impaired PRESCRIPTION: yes GENERIC AVAILABLE: yes PREPARATIONS: Tablets of 2.5, 5, 10, 20, and 50 mg. Oral solution or syrup of 5mg/5ml STORAGE: Store at room temperature 20-25°C (68-77°F), and keep away from moisture. PRESCRIBED FOR: 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, asthma and severe psoriasis. It also is used for treating leukemias, lymphomas, idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura and autoimmune hemolytic anemia. 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. DOSING: The initial dose of prednisone varies depending on the condition being treated and the age of the patient. The starting dose may be from 5 to 60 mg per day and often is adjusted based on the response of the condition being treated. Corticosteroids typically do not produce immediate effects and must be used for several days before maximal effects are seen. It may take much longer before conditions respond to treatment. Prolonged therapy with prednisone causes the adrenal glands to atrophy and stop producing cortisol. When prednisone is discontinued after a period of prolonged therapy, the dose of prednisone must be tapered (lowered gradually) to allow the adrenal glands time to recover. (See side effects.) It is recommended that prednisone be taken with food. DRUG INTERACTIONS: Prednisone may interact with estrogens and phenytoin (Dilantin). Estrogens may reduce the action of enzymes in the liver that break down (eliminate) the active form of prednisone, prednisolone. As a result, the levels of prednisolone in the body may increase and lead to more frequent side effects. Phenytoin increases the activity of enzymes in the liver that break down (eliminate) prednisone and thereby may reduce the effectiveness of prednisone. Thus, if phenytoin is being taken, an increased dose of prednisone may be required. PREGNANCY: Corticosteroids cross the placenta into the fetus. Compared to other corticosteroids, however, prednisone is less likely to cross the placenta. Chronic use of corticosteroids during the first trimester of pregnancy may cause cleft palate. NURSING MOTHERS: Corticosteroids are secreted in breast milk and can cause side effects in the nursing infant. Prednisone is less likely than other corticosteroids to be secreted in breast milk, but it may still pose a risk to the infant. 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, 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 depression, euphoria, insomnia, mood swings, personality changes, and even psychotic behavior. Prednisone suppresses the immune system and, therefore, increases the frequency or severity of infections and decreases the effectiveness of vaccines and antibiotics. Prednisone may cause osteoporosis that results in fractures of bones. Patients taking long-term prednisone often receive supplements of calcium and vitamin D to counteract the effects on bones. Calcium and vitamin D probably are not enough, however, and treatment with bisphosphonates such as alendronate (Fosamax) and risedronate (Actonel) may be necessary. Calcitonin (Miacalcin) also is effective. The development of osteoporosis and the need for treatment can be monitored using bone density scans. Answered by Sharri Imaino 4 months ago.
prednisone is an anti inflammatory drug used for asthma, lupus M S, sarcoidosis and other illnesses this a steroid but not the kind body builders use this is a powerful drug caution must be taken I hope you never have to take it Answered by Argelia Reisling 4 months ago.
a steroid drug used for against inflammation. useful for treating asthma, acute attacks of emphysema, severe inflamation such as in inflamatory bowel disease, arthritis, some skin problems Answered by Winter Pawlowski 4 months ago.
a steroid used to reduce swelling, it should taken under the directions of a doctor, Answered by Carrie Fitterer 4 months ago.
Non- anabolic steriod Answered by Major Bossier 4 months ago.
Is prednisone a diuretic?
Asked by Drucilla Christan 4 months ago.
Prednisone is used alone or with other medications to treat the symptoms of low corticosteroid levels (lack of certain substances that are usually produced by the body and are needed for normal body functioning). Prednisone is also used to treat other conditions in patients with normal corticosteroid levels. These conditions include certain types of arthritis; severe allergic reactions; multiple sclerosis (a disease in which the nerves do not function properly); lupus (a disease in which the body attacks many of its own organs); and certain conditions that affect the lungs, skin, eyes, kidneys blood, thyroid, stomach, and intestines. Prednisone is also sometimes used to treat the symptoms of certain types of cancer. Prednisone is in a class of medications called corticosteroids. It works to treat patients with low levels of corticosteroids by replacing steroids that are normally produced naturally by the body. It works to treat other conditions by reducing swelling and redness and by changing the way the immune system works. Prednisone is also sometimes used with antibiotics to treat a certain type of pneumonia in patients with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). Prednisone may cause side effects. Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away: headache dizziness difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep inappropriate happiness extreme changes in mood changes in personality bulging eyes acne thin, fragile skin red or purple blotches or lines under the skin slowed healing of cuts and bruises increased hair growth changes in the way fat is spread around the body extreme tiredness weak muscles irregular or absent menstrual periods decreased sexual desire heartburn increased sweating Some side effects can be serious. If you experience any of the following symptoms, call your doctor immediately: vision problems eye pain, redness, or tearing sore throat, fever, chills, cough, or other signs of infection seizures depression loss of contact with reality confusion muscle twitching or tightening shaking of the hands that you cannot control numbness, burning, or tingling in the face, arms, legs, feet, or hands upset stomach vomiting lightheadedness irregular heartbeat sudden weight gain shortness of breath, especially during the night dry, hacking cough swelling or pain in the stomach swelling of the eyes, face, lips, tongue, throat, arms, hands, feet, ankles, or lower legs difficulty breathing or swallowing rash hives itching Prednisone may slow growth and development in children. Your child's doctor will watch his or her growth carefully. Talk to your child's doctor about the risks of giving prednisone to your child Answered by Jeffrey Scothorn 4 months ago.
I don't blame you for wanting to remove prednisone from your system. It is not the most pleasant drug. Unfortunately, I don't think a diuretic would make a difference. Diuretics increase water excretion through the kidneys, but I don't think steroids (like prednisone) are excreted through the kidneys, so it shouldn't have any effect. Also, there is another reason you don't want to remove prednisone too quickly from your body. Steroids should always be removed slowly (tapered). Some serious side-effects can occur if you stop taking them too quickly, so just go by what your doctor says, and don't take any extra drugs without consulting him/her first. I hope this helps, and good luck. Answered by Fredda Dattilo 4 months ago.
I lost 30 lbs in 3 days after being put on prednisone for a kidney problem! It was obviously all water weight so clearly yes prednisone can have the same effect as a diuretic. This is one of those mystery drugs that the medical profession does not fully understand. One of the listed side effects is actually weight GAIN, so it depends on things that aren't well understood. It is not a drug to be taken casually! Answered by Gussie Dupuy 4 months ago.
Its a steroid, maybe it can also act as a diuretic. but I always thought that a body retains water with the drug. Below is list of side effects. Answered by Lindy Levier 4 months ago.
No, it's a hormone, specifically a type of hormone called a "corticosteroid." .It's most-commonly used for inflammation in ones joints. And--yes--it can make you all puffed-up with water retention. My mom had R.A., and that's what happened to her. Answered by Kathy Halse 4 months ago.
No, it does not have diuretic activity. Answered by Marion Irby 4 months ago.
no its a anti-inflammatory Answered by Dorsey Honzel 4 months ago.
no, it is a steroid Answered by Mildred Lundberg 4 months ago.
A close friend of mine, female in her late 20s, has had some skins issues for around 2 years now.Basically she has small scabs and scars appearing on her arms and legs (without a reasonable explanation)...The really look like ciggarette burns, ranging in size from the head of an eraser to about 3 times...
Asked by Casey Peckenpaugh 4 months ago.
A close friend of mine, female in her late 20s, has had some skins issues for around 2 years now. Basically she has small scabs and scars appearing on her arms and legs (without a reasonable explanation)...The really look like ciggarette burns, ranging in size from the head of an eraser to about 3 times that...Its not something that is extremely unsightly, but obviously noticeable and takes a toll on her mentally...Aside from a little fatigue, but nothing major, there are no other true side effects. She has seen allergist, GPs, gynos, amongst other professionals who can't seem to diagnose it. They've taken biopsies of the skins, done CBC/ANA tests, tested for lupus, tested for leukemia, tested for various allergies, amongst many other things. Anyway, long story short it has been frustrating that nobody can find out what it is....Not but about a week ago she was prescribed an ointment by a dermatologist - for a seemingly unrelated issue - that contained the active ingredient Prednisone. Remarkably the sores have responded very well to this ! Does this limit it down in anyone's mind what we might be looking at ? Answered by Amalia Greggs 4 months ago.
The prednisone is a steroid anti-inflammatory. Doctors will prescribe this if they know or if they don't know what is going on--so long as they believe the underlying process is an inflammatory one. So, prednisone and other steroids are given for a lot of different inflammatory disorders, many of which it seems they can not ascribe to your friend's situation. If the prednisone works to relieve your friend's scabs and such, it sadly doesn't give us too much information, other than the disease process responds to prednisone--like many other diseases do. Your friend needs to continue pressing on for a diagnosis. Tell her not to quit. One of the posters here betrays a certain ignorance about the medical field, and that is that "if they can't figure it out, no one can." Let me just tell you that I've seen lay people make diagnoses that so-called "professionals" miss. The professionals are generally great at what they do, but my friend, laying someone's livelihood in the hands of just a few individuals who can't arrive at a diagnosis, then calling it quits, would be foolish. Keep pressing on, posting to help your friend. You never know when you'll get your diagnosis. Best of luck to you and your friend. Answered by Cheri Princevalle 4 months ago.
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Prednisone is used to treat many different conditions such as allergic disorders, skin conditions, ulcerative colitis, arthritis, lupus, psoriasis, or breathing disorders. If it's working then be happy sounds like the skin disorder she has is responding to this corticosteroid drug well so once they actually give the disorder a name she will probably fell better knowing exactly what it is she has. However for now if it's working then let it do it's job. Answered by Antonia Scantlin 4 months ago.
Not trying to be mean, but if the experts who have examined her can't arrive at a conclusive diagnosis then you won't find a reliable one here. Skin issues like this can be very hard to figure out. I'd just accept its part of who she is and be happy that all the scary stuff has been ruled out. Answered by Nona Jaap 4 months ago.
What foods should I eat/avoid while on prednisone?
I am on a 2 week regimen just to see if it works, I started out at 40 mg and am now down to 30 mg. My stomach has been sooooo upset though and I'd like to know if I should alter my diet in any particular way so my body doesn't react as severely. Thanks!
Asked by Gwyn Busson 4 months ago.
Marie, Prednisone is a synthetic hormone commonly referred to as a corticosteroid or "steroid." (These medicines are not the same "steroids" as the drugs taken by bodybuilders.) Prednisone is used to treat many illnesses, especially those associated with inflammation. It is truly a remarkable and often life-saving medication. Unfortunately, prednisone can stimulate the appetite, and weight gain is a common and unwanted side effect. Not everyone who takes prednisone will gain weight; in part it depends on how much drug you take and for how long you take it. But most people taking the medicine chronically will gain some weight. There is no "magic diet” to prevent you from gaining weight with prednisone, or to make you lose the weight already gained. Like all weight-reduction diets, it is all about calories. You lose weight when you burn off more calories than you eat. To successfully lose weight while on prednisone, you need to reduce your caloric intake despite the appetite stimulation and try to increase your exercise to burn the calories. If you are just starting the prednisone, you want to make sure you do not increase your intake of food (and calories) right away, so you do not gain unwanted weight. No one popular diet has been shown to be better than any other. A few simple rules apply to almost all successful diets, including diets for people on prednisone- Make healthy food choices. Choose healthy foods including fruits and vegetables, and avoid those that can contribute to heart disease. Exercise. Even if exercise alone may not be enough to make you lose weight, it will help with weight control. Develop an eating schedule and stick to it. While taking prednisone, if you eat when you feel hungry, you will be eating all the time. Keep a food diary. Write down everything you eat. Shop from a list when you go shopping so you don't buy food you don't need. Some people on prednisone also need to be on a low-salt diet, and some need supplemental calcium or potassium. Speak with your doctor about this. You may also ask to be referred to a nutritionist to get more specific recommendations about your diet to best manage your weight while on prednisone. ALL ANSWERS SHOULD BE THOROUGHLY RESEARCHED, IN ANY FORUM AND ESPECIALLY IN THIS ONE. - MANY ANSWERS ARE FLAWED. It is extremely important to obtain an accurate diagnosis before trying to find a cure. Many diseases and conditions share common symptoms. The information provided here should not be used during any medical emergency or for the diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. A licensed physician should be consulted for diagnosis and treatment of any and all medical conditions. Hope this helps matador 89 Answered by Delpha Halko 4 months ago.
In a matter of fact there is. You can cut down on the amount of dog food and add low sodium canned green beans in it's place. Of course, it would be even better if you used fresh or frozen beans, but the canned just makes it easier because they are already pre-cooked. Answered by Machelle Mozzone 4 months ago.
Should I eat before I take prendesone . . Answered by Berta Koosman 4 months ago.
Prednisone side effects?
Heres what i have taken: 1 month- 15mg 1 month- 12.5mg 1 month- 10mg 1 month- 7.5mg 1 month- 5mg 1 month- 4mg 1 month- 3mg 1 month- 2mg I have been depressed and anxious for no reason. Is this normal?
Asked by Dorine Buhrke 4 months ago.
Yes... prednisone can bring out bouts of depression and/or exacerbate depression that already exists. Additional symptoms may include: Swelling of the face, often referred to as "moon face" or "chipmunk cheeks"; some patients feel ugly and say that they do not recognize themselves in the mirror. Remember, these changes are reversible. A hump on the upper part of the back; this hump is made of fat, not bone. Bloating or swelling of the abdomen. Weight gain; prednisone may cause a great increase in appetite. Weight gain can be controlled by a low calorie diet, by exercise and by avoidance of salt. Avoid salty foods and do not add any salt. Stomach problems; to ease the burning, try taking prednisone with food. This problem may require anti-ulcer medication. Mood changes; sometimes the change is for the better. However, depression may be made worse by prednisone. Insomnia; patients may have difficulty sleeping at nights. Shakiness; patients may have feelings of being "hyper: or that "things are running fast inside my head". Weakness of the thigh muscles; patients may have difficulty in climbing stairs, getting out of the bath or getting up from a chair or toilet seat. Interruption of the menstrual cycle; periods may stop altogether. Increased risk of infections; patients may have more infections including some caused by germs that the body is normally resistant to. Answered by Jesse Chovanec 4 months ago.
There is a crap load of side affects. I looked really white and nauseous when I was on it. Answered by Noel Garstka 4 months ago.
What is the use of prednisone?
Asked by Sidney Rinebold 4 months ago.
Prednisone is a corticosteroid used for a whole lot of things, but based on your other question, I'm guessing that it was prescribed to you to suppress your immune system. When you get poison ivy/oak/sumac, etc., the reaction that you see (and feel) is actually the result of your immune system fighting off the foreign material -- an allergic reaction. This isn't helpful -- of themselves, these plants are harmless. It's your immune system that's causing the itchy rash. So the reasoning is, use the prednisone to shut down your immune system a little and relieve the itching. While you're on prednisone, you should be aware that since your immune system isn't functioning at 100%, you'll be more prone to getting infections or catching diseases from other people. So stay away from sick people. Prednisone is also notorious for causing upset stomach, which you can alleviate by taking it with a full meal. Also, it may disturb your sleep, so if the doctor's dosing instructions allow, take it early in the morning. Answered by Rashad Sajovic 4 months ago.
Prednisone is a steroid used in many different disease processes, generally for the purpose of reducing inflammation. Answered by Tabitha Glomb 4 months ago.
Prednisone is a steroid that is used by doctors for treating bronchial asthma and other illnesses that may have inflammation. It may be in tablet or injectible vial form. Answered by Monte Castile 4 months ago.