What is Prednisone?

Prednisone is a drug that is used to treat inflammation. It prevents the release of substances in the body the cause inflammation. This drug is also used to treat other diseases such as psoriasis, allergic disorders, breathing disorders, and skin allergies. It has also been used in the treatment of severe tuberculosis, thyroiditis, laryngitis, asthma, and migraine. Prednisone is also sometimes used to treat the symptoms of certain types of cancer. It works to treat other conditions by reducing swelling and redness and by changing the way the immune system works.

How should prednisone be used?

Prednisone should not be taken by someone who is allergic to it or if there are fungal infections in the body. Before taking this medicine, one has to consult a doctor about his condition. Intake of prednisone is also not recommended for those who are pregnant or lactating. Prednisone either comes as a tablet, a liquid solution, or a concentrated solution to be taken by mouth. It is usually taken with food one to four times a day or as the doctor prescribes. It is very important to follow the prescription label of the drug carefully and take the medicine exactly as directed.

What are the side effects of prednisone?

Prednisone may cause side effects. Some of these side effects are headache, dizziness, difficulty to fall asleep, extreme changes in mood, inappropriate happiness, acne, bulging eyes, changes in one’s personality, red or purple blotches on the skin, thin and fragile skin, lines under the skin, slowed healing of cuts and bruises, extreme tiredness, increased hair growth, increased sweating, irregular menstrual periods for women, heartburn, weak muscles, decreased sexual desire, and changes in the way fat is distributed in the body.

Prednisone may sometimes cause serious side effects such as:

  • vision problems
  • seizures
  • depression
  • confusion
  • sore throat
  • fever
  • chills
  • cough
  • upset stomach
  • numbness of some parts of the body
  • difficulty in breathing or swallowing
  • vomiting
  • irregular heartbeat
  • shortness of breath

Because prednisone can cause changes in the immune system, it can cause the weakening of the immune system; therefore, causing one to be more vulnerable to other diseases and infections.

How does prednisone work as gout treatment?

Gout is a kind of arthritis caused by too much uric acid in the body. Gout can cause redness and swelling of the affected joints. Its attacks can be very sudden and painful. Prednisone, with its anti-inflammatory effects, can be used to treat gout. Prednisone is used for fast gout treatment when patients become unable to tolerate the pain anymore.

Prednisone is a kind of corticosteroids, which are known as the strongest anti-inflammatory medication. This medicine is prescribed for fast relief. It decreases gout pain by stopping the attack of white blood cells on the inflamed location. Doctors may prescribe this medicine for emergency treatment like when the patient is travelling. Its effects usually take place within a few hours.

Prednisone for gout treatment must be taken cautiously despite its fast pain relief, given the various side effects mentioned above.