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Prednisone, which is classed in the corticosteroid family of drugs, is an anti-inflammatory and immunosuppressant medication used to treat various conditions. In simple words, Prednisone stops the body from releasing certain substances that can lead to inflammation. Therefore, it suppresses the immune system’s responses to certain conditions.
It is often prescribed to treat skin conditions, arthritis, psoriasis, breathing disorders, ulcerative colitis, and allergic disorders. Prednisone has been also tested for treatment on Covid-19 patients.
To receive a treatment through Prednisone, your doctor will assess your medical health, other medications, and medical history first.
Despite its restriction from the general public without a prescription, Prednisone has a low cost at $0,33. It is a generic drug and sold in a package that contains 10 tablets of 20mg each.
Prednisone, as other corticosteroids, works by suppressing your immune system and therefore mitigating symptoms that result from inflammatory conditions. Due to its dual effects on the immune system, it is often prescribed to treat conditions that make the body attack its own tissues by mistake; i.e. autoimmune disorders, like Lupus, IBD, MS, and Diabetes Mellitus. Lately, it is also one of the treatments for Covid-19, under specific conditions.
Before taking this medicine
There are certain significant steps that you should take prior to consuming Prednisone. Firstly, you must inform your doctor about any allergies and allergic reactions to this or other medications. It is important that your doctor is also aware of other medications that you are currently taking. You should not forget to mention any types of drugs, including Vitamins.
Your doctor should also be aware of whether you are, or were, suffering of eye infections, diabetes, emotional problems, myasthenia gravis, osteoporosis, seizures, or anything else. People that will undergo surgery must also inform their doctor of whether they were/are medicating with Prednisone, Similarly, if you are breastfeeding or are pregnant, you must tell your physician.
How should I take Prednisone?
Prednisone should be consumed orally, with food. Otherwise, it can disturb your stomach. The dosage should be measured carefully and be exactly as your prescription details. If your doctor has prescribed Prednisone in a single dose, then you should take it before 9 am.
There is no standard dosage or period that you should be taking Prednisone, as the above vary based on your condition. Your doctor will provide clear instructions.
What happens if I miss a dose?
With most drugs, it is alright if you miss a dose. In certain cases, it is even fine to double dose or take the medicine at later times. With Prednisone, things are not so stress-free. You must consult your doctor, when subscribing Prednisone to you, on how to act if you miss a dose. Alternatively, you can contact your pharmacist or doctor if you miss a Prednisone dose.
What should I avoid while taking Prednisone?
Many drugs can lead to interactions when taken simultaneously. This is not a full list of the potential contradictions of Prednisone, so it is paramount that you provide your physician with a complete account of what other drugs you are taking before or when they are subscribing Prednisone to you. A few products that are likely to lead to Prednisone interactions are mifepristone and aldesleukin. Further, drugs that can result in bleeding should be avoided when taking Prednisone.
Prednisone Covid-19 Treatment
Besides Prednisone’s widespread use to treat inflammation, the drug has also been tested as a Covid-19 treatment. In specific, several trials highlight the benefits of Prednisone on patients hospitalized due to a Coronavirus infection. The evidence suggest that Prednisone mitigates the inflammatory response of the body to Covid-19, which can result in various organ dysfunctions.
Nonetheless, the trial evidence suggest that Prednisone is only beneficial to patients that require supplemental oxygen. Further, no evidence suggest that Prednisone can help treat Covid-19 patients that are not hospitalized.
Other corticosteroid drugs have also been beneficial to hospitalized patients due to COVID, including Dexamethasone; but there is no indication that inhaled corticosteroid drugs can help treat Coronavirus.
You should never take Prednisone without a doctor’s prescription, indifferently to whether you are treating Covid-19 or any other medical condition. The data related to the effects of Prednisone for COVID are constantly being updated, as further trials take place.
Prednisone side effects
There is a number of side-effects detailed on the Prednisone leaflet. Any out of the ordinary effect that appears while taking Prednisone should be reported to your doctor. The most common reported side-effects include heartburn, vomiting, appetite loss, nausea, sweating, and acne.
Your doctor has prescribed Prednisone to help treat your symptoms and improve your general livelihood, so if any side-effects persist or make you feel worst, then you should inform them. They might lower the dosage or change your prescription. In most cases, people taking Prednisone face no side-effects at all.
The rarest reported side-effects of Prednisone are the rise of blood sugar and serious allergic reactions. If any of the above occur, you should immediately contact your doctor.
You must store Prednisone in a place that protects from light exposure and moisture. You should avoid storing it in a bathroom, with the ideal temperature being 20° to 25°C. If you want to dispose Prednisone, ask your doctor for guidelines.