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Side effects of prednisolone

Information on Prednisolone

Prednisolone is a certain chemical compound which is commonly used as a substitute for Hydrocortisone. Hydrocortisone is a steroid hormone produced by the adrenal gland and it is important for the regulation of various body functions. If a person suffers from Hydrocortisone deficiency, it may even be fatal in some cases. The production of Hydrocortisone in the human body may be reduced due to various factors. The most common causes are Addition’s disease, problems with the functioning of the pituitary gland, birth defect congenital adrenal hyperplasia and a removed adrenal gland. All these medical conditions affect the way adrenal gland functions. Prednisolone is commonly taken with certain other types of supplementary medicaments and its daily dosage is usually no more than 5 milligrams.

What are the side effects of Prednisolone?

As any other steroid, prednisolone may affect one’s health in both positive and negative ways.  All steroids sometimes affect one’s moods in rather unpredictable ways and they may be associated with the occurrence of restlessness, depression, anxiety, stress, etc. Those who suffer from mental illness or have weak mental health are prone to such changes. Prednisolone may also be associated with chemical imbalances and changes in the levels of calcium, water, sugar and potassium in the body. Prednisolone sometimes may cause abnormal increased hunger and lead to weight gain and obesity. It may also be affiliated with a slower healing ability of the body. The body becomes weaker and more susceptible to various different sorts of infections. Prednisolone also causes deposition of fats which usually leads to the occurrence of swelling of the breasts. Higher dosage of prednisolone is often related with various problems which affect the menstrual cycles. The most common problems include irregularities in the occurrence of the actual menstrual cycle and its complete absence.

Another side effect of prednisolone includes the development of rounded patches and purple linings on the skin. Sometimes the symptoms may be similar to the symptoms of the Cushing’s syndrome. Some patients may experience increased pressure of fluid inside the eye balls, cataract in the eye, wearing of the outer eye cover and several other eye related problems. Prednisolone may also sometimes interact with certain other types of medicaments and drugs. Other side effects of prednisolone which are not that common but still may occur include increased hair growth, acne, bed wetting, insomnia, headaches, vomiting, decreased bone density, dizziness, etc.

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