Prednisolone is a type of medication called a corticosteroid, steroid for short.
Prednisolone is used to reduce inflammation (swelling), and works by blocking the body’s natural inflammatory response. It treats inflammation associated with conditions such as asthma and allergies. It is also used to treat rheumatoid arthritis, certain cancers and some eye, skin, blood and gastrointestinal conditions. Prednisolone may be used as a replacement therapy for people whose bodies cannot produce enough corticosteroids.
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Prednisolone should not be used if you have a fungal infection. As a corticosteroid, it may weaken your immune system; and so while on this medication, you’ll also need to avoid exposure to people who are ill. Additionally, you should not stop this medication suddenly as this may lead to withdrawal symptoms. The dosage should be gradually reduced until discontinued.
Prednisolone should not be used if you have a fungal infection.
If you are diabetic, you should talk to your doctor before taking prednisolone, as it may alter your blood sugar levels, giving you elevated readings when you test your blood or urine. This elevated sugar level, when prolonged, can cause other health problems (heart disease, kidney dysfunction, etc) and should not be taken for granted. It is vital that you talk to your doctor about other treatment options, or how to keep your blood sugar levels normal while using prednisolone.
Prednisolone can cause growth retardation in children.
Older people who take prednisolone are more likely to develop high blood pressure or bone disease. It is better to weigh the benefits against risk, especially with prolong use. It is noteworthy that older women are more at risk than older men with use of prednisolone. Your doctor will weigh the benefits against the risks and decide whether or not, it should be used. So, with prednisolone, it is better not to self-medicate.
So, with prednisolone, it is better not to self-medicate.
Do you know someone who may be using prednisolone?
Please don’t keep the information to yourself, educate them.