Dosage Modification Taking all of your prednisone doses earlier in the day may help lessen side effects like sleeplessness or night sweats, while taking it with meals may help avoid stomach problems. However, you must only do it under the supervision of your doctor. Never try to self-medicate with prednisone.
There are several things that can be done to reduce the side effects of prednisone and allow for a better quality of life including:
• Eating a balanced diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables is key to maintaining healthy skin, hair, and weight. • Drinking enough water daily helps flush toxins out of your body and keep you hydrated. • Physical activity can help keep your energy levels up and control stress hormones such as cortisol which can cause weight gain due to muscle breakdown in heavier individuals. • Seeking expert advice from a health care professional if you think you may have an addiction problem is important so that you can recover safely.
Prednisone dosage reduction helps relieve many of the symptoms associated with asthma and other conditions treated with this medication. By managing the dosages, using food modifiers, and staying active, you can live a more normal life while receiving the benefits of your medications.
If you only take prednisone once a day, take it first thing in the morning with breakfast. The morning is ideal since it corresponds to the period of your body's natural cortisol production. If you take your prednisone dose too late in the evening, you may have trouble sleeping. Taking it too late brings its effectiveness right up until the moment of its administration - which is why some people prefer to take their daily dose before they go to bed.
If you take your prednisone twice daily, you will want to take it at approximately the same time each day. Try to avoid taking it within three hours of going to sleep because that's when your body's natural cortisol levels are at their lowest point. Doing so will reduce the amount of cortisol you're able to release during periods where increased inflammation is needed such as early in the morning or near bedtime. Rather, wait until about an hour after waking up or just before going to sleep each night.
Taking your prednisone in conjunction with other medications or substances of abuse such as caffeine, alcohol, and nicotine is not recommended because they will only add to the negative effects these drugs can have when taken together.
Prednisone should be taken for no longer than two months at a time. If you continue taking it beyond this period, the benefits will begin to wane and you will need to extend the time between doses.
Common side effects of prednisone include an upset or irritated stomach, nausea, inability to sleep, restlessness, and sweating. Emotional instability, including exhilaration and mood swings, is also prevalent. Prednisone, in particular, can aggravate blood sugar levels in diabetics and people with high blood sugars. People on corticosteroids should not eat fried foods, alcohol, or caffeine products.
Prednisone can cause irritation of the stomach lining and increase the amount of acid that is produced by the stomach. This increased acidity can lead to inflammation of the stomach wall called gastritis. Long-term use of high doses of prednisone may also cause thinning of the stomach tissue (stomach atrophy). The risk of developing gastritis increases if you drink alcohol while taking prednisone. If you have existing stomach problems such as ulcers or gastroenteritis (severe diarrhea), your doctor may advise you not to take prednisone.
People who will be using prednisone for a long period should not start immediately after stopping treatment with another drug containing glucocorticoids (cortisone). There is some evidence that this could increase the risk of fractures. A break down product formed from prednisone called predniSONE has been developed to provide relief from symptoms of asthma and other conditions without exposing patients to the risks of actual surgery. It is available in a tablet form that provides effective therapy while reducing the risk of adverse effects.
Prednisone side effects range from minor to severe, including nausea, weight gain, and headaches, as well as fetal toxicity, allergic responses, and elevated blood pressure. Prednisone side effects are more frequent with higher dosages or long-term treatment.
The most common side effect of prednisone is its effect on growth. Patients who take prednisone for a long period of time may experience increased bone density due to greater muscle mass without additional bone loss. However, if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant, weaning off of the drug before delivery can lead to reduced bone mineral content in your baby. If you do require high doses of prednisone for a long period, it's important to have your bone density measured by a doctor so that appropriate measures can be taken if necessary.
It is never advisable to take prednisone on an empty stomach. It is often taken in the morning, after breakfast and before 9 a.m. If your kid needs to take prednisone more than once a day, make sure he or she eats first.
The best time to take it is right after a meal, because that way your body will be fed and will therefore be able to use the medication properly. If you take it without eating, it will just slow down its effectiveness.
Prednisone should be taken with food or liquid to prevent severe stomach problems. The most common side effects of this drug include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, dry mouth, increased thirst, changes in color of urine or feces, depression, anxiety, irritability, insomnia, rash, itchiness, pain around eyes, change in sexual function, decreased muscle strength, weight gain, diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease. Some people may experience these side effects not only from taking this drug but also from having surgery, especially abdominal surgery.
The symptoms of inflammation vary depending on what part of the body is affected. Symptoms associated with inflammation of the joints include pain, stiffness, and loss of movement. This is called rheumatoid arthritis. Back pain, chest pain, shortness of breath, and cough are all signs of inflammation in the lungs.
Prednisone should be taken as a single dose once a day, just after breakfast. For example, if your daily dose is 30mg, you should take 6 pills (6 x 5mg) all at once after breakfast.
If you miss a dose of prednisone, take it as soon as you remember. If it's within 12 hours, no problem. But if you miss a dose between 12 and 24 hours later, then use that missed dose as your first dose of the next day. So if you normally take 30mg doses, then you'd actually start the next day with 33mg! That's why it's important to keep track of what doses you take and when so that you don't miss any doses.
Missing doses may cause poor treatment results and increased risk of side effects. Also, if you stop taking prednisone without first stopping medication, you could have a relapse.
Regular exercise and a healthy diet will help you stay in good shape while taking this drug.
Prednisone is used to treat a variety of conditions including allergies, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), ulcers, diabetes, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), multiple sclerosis (MS), lymphoma, and various other diseases. It reduces inflammation and immune response to infections.