Prednisone is a steroid used to treat inflammation. It is a versatile and common medication used in a wide variety of diseases. One common use of prednisone is to treat the inflammation in the airways that happens with an asthma attack. Prednisone can also be used to treat severe allergic reactions. Prednisone can be used to treat a breathing problem in someone with a history of asthma or COPD, or to treat a severe allergic reaction. Prednisone is often used in conjunction with albuterol which takes minutes to start treating the symptoms of asthma, while prednisone takes hours to work. This medication should be taken with food.
Avoid if you have an active infection, because prednisone suppresses the immune system, making it harder for your body to fight infection. Avoid if you have a bleeding problem, as prednisone can cause bleeding, particularly bleeding stomach ulcers. Avoid if you have osteoporosis, and avoid if you have psychiatric problems.
Prednisone can cause worsening of infections, electrolyte disturbances, muscle weakness, bone problems, bleeding ulcers, impaired wound healing, thin and fragile skin, neurologic problems, hormone imbalance, cataracts, glaucoma, and severe allergic reaction.
|Asthma attack||prednisone 50 mg daily for 5 days|
|Severe allergic reaction||prednisone 50 mg daily for 5 days|
The overview provided here is for general information only and does not include all the information needed to use this item safely and effectively. See full prescribing information for further detail.
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