Deltasone, Meticorten, Orasone, Prednicien-M, Prednisone Intensol, Sterapred DS
Classified as a corticosteroid or a steroid hormone, prednisone is similar to the steroid hormone your body produces naturally. Prednisone might be given along with other immunosuppressive medicines to prevent and treat rejection.
The body’s immune system protects you from infection. Immune cells recognize the transplanted kidney as different from the rest of the body and attempt to destroy it. This is called rejection and it is your body’s way of not accepting the new organ.
Prednisone is available in many generic brands and in several dosages. Generally, you will be prescribed the 5 mg tablets that can be easily broken in half if necessary.
Your prescription label tells you how much to take at each dose and how often to take the medicine. Follow these instructions carefully, and ask your pharmacist or doctor to explain anything you do not understand.
Once prescribed prednisone, your doctor will gradually decrease the prednisone dosage over a period of time (generally 6 months) until the permanent dosage is achieved. This type of program is called a taper schedule. Taper schedules are individualized to meet each person’s special needs. Never change the dose of your prednisone without the advice of your doctor.
It is important that you take this medicine regularly as prescribed. Do not stop taking it. You will need to take immunosuppressant drugs every day for the rest of your life to prevent rejection.
Your health care provider might reduce or even stop prednisone when you are being treated for certain infections. This allows your body to effectively fight the infection.
If you forget to take a dose, take it as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and then return to your regular dosage schedule. Do not take a double dose.
Even though the side effects of prednisone could be very serious, remember that this drug is necessary to prevent rejection. Precautions will be taken to detect these side effects and treat them before they become harmful.
Please see the guidelines below to reduce side effects while taking prednisone.
Prednisone might cause dose-related side effects, which will subside as your dosage is reduced. If any of the following symptoms occur, report them to your healthcare provider.
To reduce troublesome side effects, your dosage might be decreased as soon as it is safe. In the meantime, there are some daily practices that can help you prevent or decrease the side effects of prednisone. Eat well-balanced meals to avoid excess weight gain and to lower your risk of high blood pressure, diabetes, ulcers, and bone and muscle problems, such as osteoporosis. In addition, decrease your salt intake. In addition, there are other ways you can prevent or decrease side effects of prednisone:
Call your healthcare provider right away if you have any of these warning signs of infection:
Also contact your health care provider if you have any other symptoms that cause concern or if you have any questions.
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