Prednisone is a corticosteroid drug which is principally used as an immunosuppressant medicine for the treatment of many inflammatory diseases, as well as for the treating of many types of cancers, although in significantly higher doses. Doctors prescribe prednisone to treat arthritis, lupus and breathing problems, as well as skin ailments and ulcerative colitis.
Prednisone is either taken orally or by the means of the intravenous and intramuscular injections. It is just a prodrug since the liver transforms it into the active drug called prednisolone, and it has many side effects since it suppresses the immunity and the people taking it are more prone to contract some infection.
Side effects of prednisone
As any drug, prednisone has its adverse effects and the people taking it may experience increased appetite, gaining of body weight and indigestion, as well as acne, rashes and changing the color of the skin. This medicine may also cause nervousness, depression, fatigue, dizziness and blurred vision. Furthermore, excessive sweating and urination and abdominal pain are also among the adverse effects of prednisone. The people allergic to it should not take it and a doctor should be always informed about the present health ailments or the drugs which the patient takes since prednisone can interfere with some medicines and can aggravate some already existing health problems.
Prednisone and alcohol
Should those who take prednisone avoid consummation of alcohol is a question which raised a big concern and thus should be carefully considered. When one consumes alcohol at the same time when taking prednisone, it may be very harmful for his/her organism but how much it depends on his/her general health. For example, if one is suffering from ulcerative colitis the consummation of alcohol should be avoided since it may only make the disease worse than it is already.
Furthermore, the liver can be damaged when alcohol and prednisone are used at the same time. This may have negative effects on the stomach and intestines making them inflamed and prone to develop ulcers and gastrointestinal bleeding. However, some disorders or diseases caused by excessive alcohol consummation can be treated with this drug. Some people may even not experience any side effect of consummation of the both but before that a doctor should e consulted and several tests should be done. The simultaneous use of prednisone and alcohol can cause many side effects and lower the body energy, as well as to comprise the immune system so that it is recommended to avoid this combination.