Prednisone

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Your physcian has prescribed you prednisone. There are things you should be aware of while on this medication.Prednisone is a corticosteroid. It works on the immune system to help relieve swelling, redness, itching, and allergic reactions. Take this medication as prescribed by your physician. Taking this medication with food can help avoid stomache irritation. If you will be taking this medicine for a long time, it is very important that your doctor check you at regular visits for any unwanted effects that may be caused by this medicine. Blood or urine tests may be needed to check for unwanted effects. This medicine may cause you to get more infections than usual. Avoid people who are sick or have infections and wash your hands often. If you are exposed to chickenpox or measles, tell your doctor right away. If you start to have a fever, chills, sore throat, or any other sign of an infection, call your doctor right away. Check with your doctor right away if blurred vision, difficulty in reading, eye pain, or any other change in vision occurs during or after treatment. Your doctor may want you to have your eyes checked by an ophthalmologist (eye doctor). While you are being treated with prednisone, do not have any immunizations (vaccines) without your doctor's approval. Prednisone may lower your body's resistance and the vaccine may not work as well or you might get the infection the vaccine is meant to prevent. In addition, you should not be around other persons living in your household who receive live virus vaccines because there is a chance they could pass the virus on to you. Some examples of live vaccines include measles, mumps, influenza (nasal flu vaccine), poliovirus (oral form), rotavirus, and rubella. Do not get close to them and do not stay in the same room with them for very long. If you have questions about this, talk to your doctor. This medicine may cause changes in mood or behavior for some patients. Tell your doctor right away if you have depression; mood swings; a false or unusual sense of well-being; trouble with sleeping; or personality changes while taking this medicine. This medicine might cause thinning of the bones (osteoporosis) or slow growth in children if used for a long time. Tell your doctor if you have any bone pain or if you have an increased risk for osteoporosis.  Along with its needed effects, a medicine may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention. Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur:Aggression agitation anxiety blurred vision decrease in the amount of urine dizziness fast, slow, pounding, or irregular heartbeat or pulse headache irritability mental depression mood changes nervousness noisy, rattling breathing numbness or tingling in the arms or legs pounding in the ears shortness of breath swelling of the fingers, hands, feet, or lower legs trouble thinking, speaking, or walking troubled breathing at rest weight gain Increased appetite is expected. Feel free to talk with your health care team about this.