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Is Prednisone a Controlled Substance?

Prednisone is a prescription medication used to treat a wide variety of conditions. It is part of a group of medications known as glucocorticoids, corticosteroids, or simply "steroids" for short.
 
Is prednisone a controlled substance? No, but caution still needs to be taken during treatment with this drug. For example, when prednisone is taken for more than a few weeks, the body becomes accustomed to it and begins to make less of its natural steroids. If it is stopped too quickly, the body does not have time to adjust and dangerous side effects can occur.
 
Some people might think this product is a controlled substance because it is a steroid. However, prednisone is not a "steroid" in the common use of the word (an anabolic steroid).
 
(To learn more, click Prednisone. This article gives a complete overview of the medication, with information on how it works, dosing guidelines, and more.)
 
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