Prednisone is an anti-inflammation drug that is used to deal with such conditions as problems with breathing, serious allergy, skin diseases, eye problems, immune system disorders, etc. The main active component is corticosteroid that inhibits reaction of the immune system to different diseases, therefore reducing swelling and allergic reactions. Prednisone is included in medications under different brand names, for instance, Deltasone, Prednicot, Rayos, Sterapred, etc. The drug is produced in the form of pills, syrup, or solution.
Indications for use
People buy Deltasone to treat the whole gamut of different conditions and diseases. It can be used as:
- anti-inflammatory drug that relieves inflammation in different body parts;
- a drug to relieve allergic reactions;
- treatment of various respiratory diseases (asthma, lung inflammation) and skin conditions;
- treatment of various cancers and tumors, leukemia, myelomas and lymphoma;
- relief for nausea and vomiting caused by chemotherapy drugs;
- stimulation of appetite;
- treatment of conditions caused by adrenal insufficiency.
How to take Deltasone?
The dosage of medication depends on the condition treated. Follow your doctor’s recommendations and directions on the label. Do not change the dose, if the doctor didn’t tell you so. The dose in adults may vary from 5 mg to 60 mg a day, in children – calculated by doctor based n their weight.
To prevent irritation of stomach, drink the medication up with milk, or take it with food. Use a measuring spoon to define the dose. Do not stop taking Deltasone suddenly, or you may experience withdrawal symptoms (pain in muscles, tiredness, dizziness, weight loss, headaches) – slowly decrease the dose.
Note that the doctor has prescribed this medication assuming that its benefit will be greater for you than risks. Most people using prednisone develop no side effects. Most common symptoms include nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, problems with sleep, increased sweating and acne.
Visit a doctor, if you have serious side effects: weakness, muscle pain, swelling of limbs and fingers, weight gain, irregular heartbeat, signs of infection, problems with vision, severe pain in stomach, slow healing or wounds and scars and easy bruising, pain in bones, changes of menstrual period, etc.
People with diabetes should take Deltasone carefully, as it increases blood sugar level and may cause increased urination. If you have diabetes, you will need to adjust your diet and exercise program.
Serious allergic reactions to this medication are rare, but still may happen. Seek for immediate medical help, if you experience rash, strong dizziness, problem breathing, and swelling of face.
To ensure safe and effective treatment, follow these recommendations:
- If you need to take this medication for a long period of time, visit your doctor regularly to make sure that you don’t have undesired side effects. You should go through blood and urine tests regularly.
- Pregnant and breast feeding women should not use this drug, because it may harm unborn baby.
Prolonged usage of Deltasone may cause problems with adrenal glands, so tell your doctor, if you have blurred vision, fainting, pounding heartbeat, irritability and other symptoms.