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Calms down your immune system. Deltasone (Prednisone) is a common oral corticosteroid that's great for controlling the unwanted symptoms from your immune responses and will make you feel better. There are lots of side effects but most of are tolerable or can be managed.Coming soon.
How it works
Deltasone (Prednisone) is a corticosteroid that's similar to what your body naturally makes. It reduces swelling and other immune responses that can cause you pain, discomfort, or harm.Coming soon.
Type of medication
Anti-inflammatory, Immunosuppressant
Prescription only
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Available as
  • Pill
  • Extended release
  • Liquid
  • Pill
Used for (click to learn more)
  • Addison's disease - Adrenal insufficiency Adrenogenital disorder
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Side effects

The Prednisone FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.

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We haven’t found good data for fludrocortisone side effects.

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Risk factors for serious side effects
  • Lowering dose or stopping too quickly especially after long-term treatment
  • Stress such as trauma, surgery or infection
  • Long-term treatment
  • Not vaccinated against viral diseases
  • Contact with people who have viral illness
  • History of bacterial or viral conditions
  • Duration of treatment
    • History of psychiatric conditions
    • Dose of Deltasone (Prednisone)
    • Duration of treatment
    • Women of childbearing age
    • History of stomach bleeding
    • Active or history of stomach or duodenal ulcers
    • Ulcerative colitis
    • Taking Deltasone (Prednisone) with other medicine that can cause stomach problems
    Detailed Deltasone (Prednisone) risks & warnings »
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    Pregnancy category
    • Taking Deltasone (Prednisone) increases the risk of injury to the lining of your stomach and intestine including irritation, tears/holes and ulcers. You should avoid alcohol/alcoholic beverages because it can worsen stomach irritation. Tell your doctor or get medical care right away if you have stomach pain, notice blood or dark colored stools when you go to the bathroom.
    No specific alcohol-related info.
    • Take with food to decrease stomach upset.
    No specific food-related info.
    Kidneys and liver
    No specific kidneys and liver-related info.No specific kidneys and liver-related info.
    No specific sex-related info.No specific sex-related info.
    • Short-term use can cause mood changes, trouble sleeping and increase in blood pressure, blood sugar, and possible water retention.
    • Can cause trouble sleeping. Take in the morning or 2-3 hours before bed if more than one dose is needed.
    • Like most corticosteroid medicines, Deltasone (Prednisone) may cause changes in your mood or behavior. Tell your doctor right away if you become depressed, have mood swings, trouble sleeping, irritability or anxiety, hyperactivity, delusions or hallucinations while taking this medicine. If you need to make any changes or slowly taper your dose, talk to your doctor first.
    No specific sleep-related info.
    No specific weight-related info.No specific weight-related info.
    Upsides and benefits
    • Steroid magic, can help you feel better, have more energy and get more appetite.
    • Useful for many conditions.
    • Short-term use in controlling immune responses that are causing you discomfort, and works quickly to relieve symptoms like swelling, rash, asthma attacks, gout attacks.
    • Long-term use in suppressing the immune system from causing your body harm, like many autoimmune related conditions.
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    Downsides and risks
    • Lots of side effects, especially with long term use.
    • Short-term use can cause mood changes, trouble sleeping and increase in blood pressure, blood sugar, and possible water retention.
    • Long-term use can cause problems with skin, bone, eye health and put you at a higher risk for infections.
    • People with certain conditions will have to pay extra attention to their symptoms or may have to adjust the dose of other medicines when taking Prednisone.
    • When using corticosteroids for more than 1 week, you will need to work with a doctor to get off the medicine slowly.
    • Only available as an oral medicine so the rest of your body will be exposed to the medicine.
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    Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
    • The dose and duration on how long you need the medicine depends on your condition and response.
    • Take it exactly as your doctor prescribed.
    • Take with food to decrease stomach upset.
    • Can cause trouble sleeping. Take in the morning or 2-3 hours before bed if more than one dose is needed.
    • Can cause changes in mood, blood pressure, blood sugar, and water retention.
    • You should check your blood pressure and blood sugar when taking this medicine if you already have high blood pressure or diabetes.
    • A taper is is often needed to stop the medicine, especially if you've been on it for more than 1 week.
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