Prednisone Drug Information
Prednisone is a prescription medication approved for treating a wide variety of different conditions. It belongs to a group of drugs known as glucocorticoids, corticosteroids, or simply "steroids" for short.
This drug is generally used only for short periods of time. This is because 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 prednisone is stopped too quickly, the body does not have time to adjust, potentially leading to dangerous side effects.
To help ensure your safety with prednisone, make sure your healthcare provider has up-to-date information on any other drugs you are taking, including nonprescription products, as well as any allergies you may have, including to any drugs, foods, dyes, or preservatives. Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
(Click Prednisone for more information on this drug, including details on its effects in the body, what to expect during treatment, and other safety issues to be aware of before using it.)