Prednisone Side Effects

Prednisone is a widely used corticosteroid that works by preventing the way the body responds to inflammation and it modifies the body’s response to certain stimuli of the immune system. It is often prescribed for treating asthma, allergies, arthritis, multiple sclerosis, and some skin conditions.

Because this medication impairs the body’s natural response to inflammation and it suppresses the immune system, prednisone side effects can be experienced as long as 12 months after stopping the medication. It is very important to pay close attention to your environment and the health of the people with whom you come in contact during this extended time.

Notify your prescribing physician if you know you are allergic to prednisone, if you have a systemic fungal infection, or if you are taking mifespristone. Report all medications you are taking, as many of them have interactions your physician will need to be aware of.

One of the long-term prednisone side effects is that you will be more prone to illness during and after treatment with this medication. Bacterial, fungal, and viral infections that seem minor in someone else can become severe, even dangerous, to someone taking prednisone. Avoid people who have fever, sore throats, pain urinating, flu-like symptoms, measles, chickenpox, and colds for at least a year after stopping treatment.

Any treatment for fungal infections should be reported to your prescribing physician, as prednisone will impair the efficacy of that treatment.

Vaccinations, especially those delivered with a live virus, should be avoided for at least 12 months after prednisone treatment ends. Notify your prescribing physician if you have a history of herpes in any form and tuberculosis.

Women who are pregnant, considering pregnancy, and those breastfeeding should avoid use of prednisone. This medication can affect the unborn or breastfed child and you’ll need to discuss the risk factors before beginning prednisone treatment.

Prednisone side effects extend to diabetes patients, too. Blood sugar levels will need careful monitoring on a continued basis and especially whenever a change in dosage is indicated.

Prednisone can affect the growth rate in children if used for long periods of time. Infants and children undergoing prednisone therapy will require close medical monitoring.

Med-Help is for informational purposes and should not be considered medical advice, diagnosis or treatment recommendations.

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