The brand name of Prednisone is Rayos or Sterapred. It is as reliable and safe as the brand medicine. Size, color and other physical features might vary, but effectiveness will be the same.
As a corticosteroid, Prednisone curtails the spread of substances that might lead to inflammation in the body and suppresses the body’s immune system. Therefore, this drug is referred to as an immunosuppressant or anti-inflammatory medication.
Pharmacists and doctors prescribe prednisone in the treatment of various conditions such as respiratory disorders, skin disorders such as Psoriasis, allergic disorder, diseases related to inflammation in colon, lupus, skin conditions and Arthritis.
Do not use this medicine without prescription, if you have any medical condition related to liver, kidney, heart, bones, stomach or muscle.
Usage of Prednisone in pregnant woman can cause serious birth defects in the child. Thus, unless you are using birth control, start this medicine after a pregnancy test. Do not use this medicine if you are breastfeeding.
This medication would weaken the immune system hence while taking this drug; you should not get in contact with people who are sick.
Patients who already suffer have fungal infections in the body should refrain from using Prednisone.
You are not supposed to take live vaccination while you are in this therapy.
You would have commenced the therapy after following a doctor’s instruction. In the similar way, it is very important to stop the treatment with prednisone as per a health care professional’s advice. Halt it slowly and steadily so that you would not experience any ill effects or any withdrawal symptoms.
Dosage and Administration
Prednisone is available in different dosage strengths such as 1 mg, 2 mg, 2.5 mg, 5 mg, 10 mg, and 50 mg. there are various dosage strengths because the dose of each person would differ based on the medical condition, tolerance towards the first dose, age and the severity.
Adults those who suffer from Nephrotic syndrome should take 2 mg per day initially in divided dose. After the urine is protein free, the dosage strength can be increased accordingly.
Adult dosage strength for anti-inflammatory is above 5 mg and below 60 mg per day.
The dosage strength of pediatric patients for nephrotic syndrome is 2 mg per day divided three to four times in a day. Pediatric dose of prednisone for anti-inflammatory is 0.05 mg to 2 mg per day.
Prednisone can be taken along with food. You are not supposed to break, crush or chew the medication instead should be taken as a whole. Follow a doctor’s advice during the treatment.
Side effects are very common if you take allopathic medication. Prednisone is also not an exception for this.
Less-severe side effects
- sleep problems
- change in the shape of the body
- mood swings
- increased appetite
- spinning sensation
- dry skin
- sudden weight gain
- stomach pain
- thinning skin
Severe side effects
- feeling short of breath
- dangerously high Blood Pressure
- severe depression
- extreme happiness or sadness
- buzzing in your ears
- chest pain
- seizure or convulsions
- changes in behavior
- coughing up blood
- low potassium
- fast heart rate
- increased urination
When the side effect you experience is severe or not while taking Prednisone, if it persists for a longer period of time, you have to immediately consult with a medical specialist. They would take care of you from dangerous effects on the body. In any situation, you should not postpone consulting a doctor as it would only cause hazards to your health condition.