Side effects of prednisone. Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away:
- difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep
- inappropriate happiness
- extreme changes in mood
- changes in personality
- bulging eyes
- thin, fragile skin
- red or purple blotches or lines under the skin
- slowed healing of cuts and bruises
- increased hair growth
- changes in the way fat is spread around the body
- extreme tiredness
- weak muscles
- irregular or absent menstrual periods
- decreased sexual desire
- increased sweating
Side effects of prednisone – Some side effects can be serious. If you experience any of the following symptoms, call your doctor immediately:
- vision problems
- eye pain, redness, or tearing
- sore throat, fever, chills, cough, or other signs of infection
- loss of contact with reality
- muscle twitching or tightening
- shaking of the hands that you cannot control
- numbness, burning, or tingling in the face, arms, legs, feet, or hands
- upset stomach
- irregular heartbeat
- sudden weight gain
- shortness of breath, especially during the night
- dry, hacking cough
- swelling or pain in the stomach
- swelling of the eyes, face, lips, tongue, throat, arms, hands, feet, ankles, or lower legs
- difficulty breathing or swallowing
Prednisone can slow growth and development in children. Your child’s doctor will watch his growth carefully. Talk to your child’s doctor about the risks of giving prednisone to your child.
Prednisone may increase the risk that you will develop osteoporosis. Talk to your doctor about the risks of taking prednisone and things you can do to lower your chances of developing osteoporosis.
Some patients who took prednisone or similar medicines developed a type of cancer called Kaposi’s sarcoma. Talk to your doctor about the risks of taking prednisone.
Prednisone can cause other side effects. Call your doctor if you have any unusual problems while taking this medicine.
If you experience a serious side effect, you or your doctor can report to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting Program online (http://www.fda.gov/Safety/MedWatch) or by phone. ( 1-800-332-1088).
How should prednisone medicine be used?
Prednisone comes as a tablet, delayed-release tablet, as a solution (liquid), and as a concentrated solution to take by mouth. Prednisone is usually taken one to four times a day or once every other day with food. Your doctor will probably tell you to take your dose of prednisone at a fixed time each day. Your individual dosing schedule will depend on your condition and your response to treatment. Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully, and ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any part you do not understand. Take prednisone exactly as directed. Do not take more or less of it or take it more often or for longer than prescribed by your doctor.
If you are taking the concentrated solution, use the specially marked dropper that comes with the medicine to measure your dose. You can mix the concentrated solution with juice, other flavored liquids, or soft foods such as apple sauce.
Swallow the delayed-release tablet whole; Do not chew or crush it.
Your doctor may change the dose of prednisone frequently during your treatment to make sure that you are always taking the lowest dose that works for you. Your doctor may also need to change your dosage if you experience unusual stress on your body, such as surgery, illness, infection, or a severe asthma attack. Tell your doctor if your symptoms improve or get worse or if you become sick or if your health changes during your treatment.
If you are taking prednisone to treat a long-lasting disease, the medicine may help control your condition but will not cure it. Continue to take prednisone, even if you feel well. Do not stop taking prednisone without talking to your doctor. If you suddenly stop taking prednisone, your body may not have enough natural steroids to function normally. This can cause symptoms such as extreme tiredness, weakness, slow movement, upset stomach, weight loss, changes in skin colour, mouth sores and a craving for salt. Call your doctor if you are taking a decreasing dose of prednisone or if you experience these or other unusual symptoms after you stop taking the medicine.