Living With Prednisone

The Side Effects Of Prednisone Can Be Dealt With Effectively

Prednisone is often used to treat inflammatory conditions such as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). The side effects of prednisone can be difficult to cope with for many people. The good news is that some side effects can be managed, especially with planning. The dose of prednisone being taken needs to be slowly lowered over a period of time (which is called tapering) in order to prevent problems with the adrenal glands. Side effects will start to lessen the dose of prednisone is lowered and and ultimately stopped. In the meantime, working closely with physicians regarding adverse effects will help in lessening their impact on daily life. 

Most physicians are trying to get away from prescribing prednisone for IBD and other inflammatory diseases. However, it's cheap and effective, and many physicians still prescribe it because of those reasons. There are more choices for medical treatment of IBD than ever before, and IBD experts recommend staying away from prednisone if at all possible. If not possible, prednisone should be used for the shortest amount of time possible. If you are prescribed this drug, the information in the articles below will be invaluable to you so that you can understand both the benefits and the drawbacks of prednisone.

Learn how prednisone affects your body, whether it is safe during pregnancy, and how to lessen side effects.

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Prednisone is often prescribed, but it can really have some side effects that need to be managed. Image © Lauren Nicole / DigitalVision / Getty Images

Before taking any new drug, you'll want to familiarize yourself with certain facts, such as what the side effects are, what to do if you miss a dose, and if it's safe to take while pregnant or nursing. Get the answers to these questions and more in this article about the most important things you need to know about prednisone.


Side Effects
The side effects of prednisone can be daunting, but they can be managed, especially when you have an idea of what may happen. Image © skhoward / E+ / Getty Images

Prednisone comes with a list of potential side effects that can be daunting. Many of the side effects of prednisone develop after taking the drug for months to years, as opposed to just days to weeks. While the list is long, the good news is that most side effects will lessen and go away when the prednisone is tapered down and discontinued.


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Most people want to avoid gaining weight, but prednisone can make that task difficult. Tetra Images / Getty Images

Many people gain weight when they are taking prednisone. In some cases, especially for people with IBD, a little weight gain might be welcome, but for others, the extra weight can be distressing. Find out why weight gain may occur while taking prednisone, and how to lose the weight or even avoid gaining it in the first place.


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Acne from prednisone can be on the face, but it can also appear on the back, the chest, or the abdomen. Image © / DigitalVision / Getty Images

One of the more visible side effects of prednisone can be steroid acne. This type of acne typically appears on the face, chest, and back. It does tend to go away when the prednisone is discontinued, but it can be very troublesome for some people, especially adolescents who may be coping with typical teenage breakouts. Learn how steroid acne can be treated.


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Facial swelling is very common with prednisone, but it decreases when the drug is stopped. Jonathan Knowles / Getty Images

People taking higher amounts of prednisone may notice their face or neck appearing fuller than it did before. This is not an uncommon side effect of prednisone, and it can be very distressing, especially for young people. It's often called "moon face," and it will go away when the prednisone is discontinued or stopped. Find out more about swelling in the face and neck while taking prednisone.


One of the more serious and long-term problems that can come from prednisone is osteoporosis. Image © Alfred Pasieka / Photolibrary / Getty Images

Along with the temporary side effects of prednisone, there are some permanent side effects that should be considered while taking this drug. One such adverse effect is the development of osteoporosis, which is associated with long-term use of prednisone. Find out more about how prednisone can lead to osteoporosis in some people and how this might be avoided or mitigated.


Eye Exam
A regular eye exam should be part of managing your IBD. Seeing an eye doctor who has experience with IBD is a great idea, but if there is no such doctor nearby, be sure to mention your IBD to ophthalmologist. A yearly eye exam can help catch problems (both with your eyes and with other parts of your body) before they become serious. Image © Echo Cultura / Getty Images

Another permanent adverse effect of prednisone is the formation of cataracts in the eyes. Cataracts are typically thought of as a condition that affects elderly people, but cataracts can occur even in younger people after high doses or prolonged use of prednisone. This article will help explain how cataracts can form in those taking prednisone, and how they may be treated.


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