Uses of prednisolone
Prednisolone is a steroid availablein the form of tablets that is chemically very much similar to Hydrocortisone. Hydrocortisoneis a hormone produced by the adrenal gland that has a very important role forthe functioning of the whole body system. Prednisolone is taken to replacehydrocortisone when it is deficient because of some disorder of adrenal gland. Prednisolonehas the role to obstruct some substances that cause inflammation in the body.
Prednisolone is used in thetreatment of some allergic disorders, ulcerative colitis, arthritis, as well asfor the treatment of some skin conditions, psoriasis and breathing problems.
Complications when usingprednisolone
Before taking this medicine, eachperson must consult the doctor. The doctor will then prescribe the proper dosesof this medicine, depending on the disease. It is important to inform the doctorabout certain medical conditions, because prednisolone can worsen somedisorders if they already exist. Also, other medications that are used must bereported to the physicians because they can interfere with prednisolone andhave many unwanted side effects.
Furthermore, prednisolone must notbe used if the person is allergic to it or if he or she has a fungal infectionsomewhere in the body. Chicken pox and measles can be veryserious and even life-threatening for the people who consume steroidmedications, 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 hasits characteristic side effects as well. These side effects can appear incombinations and can vary and be different from person to person. It is advisable to use prednisolone along with food, becauseit can cause indigestion or abdominal discomfort. If a person uses thismedicine for a long period of time, peptic ulcers are quite common to occur.
The most frequent side effect of this medicine is alsothinning of the bones, which can lead to a very serious condition, osteoporosis. Inthat 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 orwounds may also be caused by prednisolone. In women some menstrual irregularities may occur, such asabsence of the menstruation. Other side effects of prednisoloneinclude diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, as well as obesity, mood swings orsudden changes of behavior, sleeplessness, euphoria and depression. Furthermore,glaucoma and cataracts are two main ocular side effects that may appear if theperson takes prednisolone.