Uses of prednisolone
Prednisolone is a steroid available in the form of tablets that is chemically very much similar to Hydrocortisone. Hydrocortisone is a hormone produced by the adrenal gland that has a very important role for the functioning of the whole body system. Prednisolone is taken to replace hydrocortisone when it is deficient because of some disorder of adrenal gland. Prednisolone has the role to obstruct some substances that cause inflammation in the body.
Prednisolone is used in the treatment of some allergic disorders, ulcerative colitis, arthritis, as well as for the treatment of some skin conditions, psoriasis and breathing problems.
Complications when usingprednisolone
Before taking this medicine, each person must consult the doctor. The doctor will then prescribe the proper doses of this medicine, depending on the disease. It is important to inform the doctor about certain medical conditions, because prednisolone can worsen some disorders if they already exist. Also, other medications that are used must be reported to the physicians because they can interfere with prednisolone and have many unwanted side effects.
Furthermore, prednisolone must not be used if the person is allergic to it or if he or she has a fungal infection somewhere in the body. Chicken pox and measles can be very serious and even life-threatening for the people who consume steroid medications, including prednisolone. It is advisable not to stop using this drug abruptly, butgradually.
Side effects of prednisolone
Mostly each medicine has its adverse effects, and prednisolone has its characteristic side effects as well. These side effects can appear in combinations and can vary and be different from person to person. It is advisable to use prednisolone along with food, because it can cause indigestion or abdominal discomfort. If a person uses this medicine for a long period of time, peptic ulcers are quite common to occur.
The most frequent side effect of this medicine is also thinning of the bones, which can lead to a very serious condition, osteoporosis. In that case, bone fractures are very likely to happen. The most common metabolic side effects are diabetes, increased appetite and the gaining of the weight. Poor healing of injuries or wounds may also be caused by prednisolone. In women some menstrual irregularities may occur, such as absence of the menstruation. Other side effects of prednisoloneinclude diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, as well as obesity, mood swings or sudden changes of behavior, sleeplessness, euphoria and depression. Furthermore, glaucoma and cataracts are two main ocular side effects that may appear if the person takes prednisolone.