How to avoid possible side effects?


Side effects are possible when taking Prednisone – just like in case of taking any other medications. It’s impossible to predict the severity of those side effects or their intensity, but you can be aware of their possibility and possess enough knowledge about them to know for sure whether they need to be reported or are most likely to go away on their own. Using Prednisone during a certain period of time is possible only if your health care provider recommended doing so.

You can experience

  • easy bruising,
  • thinning skin,
  • increased facial hair,
  • acne,
  • impotence and menstrual problems,
  • and loss of interest in sex.

These are usual side effects, but make sure you discuss them with your health care provider anyway to see if your dose needs to be adjusted or anything else can be done to get those symptoms under control. Never continue taking Prednisone for longer than recommended to avoid serious side effects that can have an impact not only on the success of your treatment but also on your general health condition. Serious side effects of Prednisone are possible, although quite rare.

Make sure you talk to your doctor immediately if you notice

  • low potassium levels,
  • coughing up blood,
  • vision problems,
  • severe depression,
  • confusion,
  • anxiety,
  • severe pain in your upper stomach,
  • chest pain,
  • bloody or tarry stools,
  • blurred vision,
  • shortness of breath,
  • unusual thoughts,
  • short of breath,
  • seizure,
  • severe headache,
  • or rapid weight gain.

Serious side effects are important to mention because they may indicate you are not benefitting from the treatment as much as you could. A dose adjustment may help, or you may need to stop taking Prednisone at all to avoid those serious side effects.

Mild side effects are a lot more likely and may include some or any of the following:

  • increased sweating,
  • headache,
  • sleep problems,
  • dizziness,
  • spinning sensation,
  • mood changes,
  • stomach pain,
  • bruising,
  • slow wound healing,
  • nausea,
  • bloating.

Everything is slightly different in case of mild side effects. There is no need to report them to your health care provider unless they change in intensity or get bothersome. This is unlikely to happen as Prednisone is usually well tolerated by most patients taking it. You may also get some other side effects, as this is something that is impossible to predict. It will be up to you to decide whether a certain side effect will need to be reported or you will most likely see it go away on its own.