What is prednisone used for?
Prednisone is mainly used as an anti-inflammatory and immunosuppressant medication. It is commonly prescribed to treat allergies and asthma as well as autoimmune diseases. Higher doses of prednisone can also be used for the treatment of some specific types of cancer.
Prednisone side effects in dogs
It is common for dogs to experience side effects when given prednisone, but they hardly ever tend to be serious. Higher doses obviously also increase the likelihood of side effects. Those include an increased thirst, increased urination, increased appetite, slower healing of wounds and infections. Diarrhea, vomiting and changes in behavior are also known to happen, though they are much less common.
Prednisone side effects in cats
Short-term side effects of administering prednisone to cats are consistent with those observed in dogs. They include increased thirst and urination, increased appetite, weight gain, stomach upsets, diarrhea, and behavioral changes. Cats can also suffer from serious long term side effects such as hair loss, damage to the liver and also to the adrenal gland, which in turn can cause hormonal dysfunction as a consequence.
How long does it take for prednisone to work?
Prednisone is a strong medication, so treatment with the drug is usually done on short-term and discontinued gradually. Patients usually report starting to feel better within days since the beginning of the treatment, though it may take longer to make a full recovery. As with most medications though, the effectiveness of the drug will vary for each patient, depending on the condition, the dose prescribed, and their metabolic rate.
Allergic reaction to prednisone
While prednisone is used to treat allergies, it can also cause them, especially when taken intravenously. Some of the side effects of prednisone can appear similar to those of an allergic reaction, such as shortness of breath, itching or swelling of the extremities. These are, in fact, severe side effects from the drug, and they are definitely a cause for concern, so you should see a doctor if you notice any of these symptoms on yourself or someone close to you.
Prednisone overdose occurs when an excessive dose of liquid or tablets is taken or administered. Some symptoms are mild and similar to an allergic reaction such as itching, dry skin or even swelling of the extremities. Other distinct symptoms include convulsions, sleepiness, psychosis, depression, deafness, high blood pressure and weakness. You should determine whether the patient has in fact overdosed on prednisone and then take them to the emergency room if they present any of these symptoms. Most prednisone overdoses are mild and have no serious, long-term effects, but they might become so in some cases.
Generic name for prednisone
Prednisone is the name of the main active drug used in this medication, so prednisone actually is the generic name. Brand names for prednisone include Deltasone, Sterapred and Rayos.
What is the difference between prednisone and prednisolone?
Both prednisone and prednisolone are glucocorticoids, a kind of steroid with anti-inflammatory and immunosuppressant properties. The difference is that the latter is a product of the former, which basically means that prednisolone is a substance that results of prednisone being converted by the liver. For that reason, prednisolone is more commonly prescribed to patients with liver failure, both humans and animals, as their livers can’t make the conversion from prednisone into prednisolone. Side effects such as weight gain are common on both versions of the drug, so they should be accounted for.
Should prednisone be taken with food?
Yes, prednisone doses should always be taken along with a full meal, if possible, as the drug can cause irritation and stomach problems. You should opt for taking antacids along with prednisone if you notice any discomfort, and you should definitely see a doctor if that doesn’t solve the problem. Finally, you should be aware that taking prednisone along with other anti-inflammatory meds and aspirin puts you at a higher risk for developing stomach ulcers and other serious conditions.
Where can I buy prednisone?
As a rule, prednisone is a prescription drug, so it can be bought safely and legally in authorized pharmacies with a prescription from your doctor. However, there are scores of online websites where you can order the drug without a prescription.