Steroids are organic compounds that are naturally produced in the body (as well in animals, plants and fungi). In terms of medication, steroids are drugs that are used to treat a wide range of conditions, and among other properties have the masculine effects of the male hormones commonly testosterone.
Steroids are often used illegally by professional athletes and bodybuilders to create a masculine appearance.
How steroids work
Manufactured steroids are synthetic drugs that work by imitating naturally occurring hormones in the body. The steroids can attach themselves to the receptor sites in muscles causing a similar effect to the hormone they resemble. The receptor sites are stimulated by the hormones causing a domino effect of metabolic reactions. Muscle tissue production is increased rapidly.
Use of steroids
As has been mentioned above, many people who engage in sports such as bodybuilding use steroids to experience rapid muscle growth and develop strength faster. When it comes to medical uses, health care providers do prescribe steroids to treat various hormonal health issues in people. They are also used to treat diseases that cause the body to lose muscles like AIDS and some types of cancer.
Manufactured steroids come in different forms. There are tablets, capsules, and injectable liquids. The choice of the steroid depends on the preferred method of administration and desired effect.
Prednisone as a steroid
Prednisone is a corticosteroid developed synthetically to imitate the hormones produced in the adrenal cortex of humans. The steroid prevents the release of substances that cause inflammation in the body. Prednisone also works to suppress the immune system.
Prednisone as a steroid is used to treat various health conditions. It is rarely used alone but with other medications. The medication is mainly used as an immunosuppressant or anti-inflammatory drug. Prednisone can be also used to treat conditions like arthritis, ulcerative conditions, skin conditions, allergies, and several other health conditions.
People with fungal infections should avoid taking prednisone. Taking prednisone can greatly lower your immune system making it easier to get infections.
Prednisone is usually taken with food 1 to 4 times a day depending on the condition you are taking it for. The doctor has to choose the right dose that works for you. Habitually, prednisone is a short-term medication. Long-term use of the drug might lead to bone loss commonly referred to as osteoporosis. Adrenal suppression might also occur after a long period of using prednisone. If prednisone is used for more than seven days, the body might lose its ability to produce corticosteroids on its own.
This drug is a serious medication that affects the body on several levels, so consultations must always be done with the doctor before using prednisone.