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How to Use Prednisone

Your doctor has prescribed prednisone to help you ear condition. Prednisone is a corticosteroid, also called a steroid.

Tips for effective treatment

  • Before taking prednisone, tell your doctor if you have tuberculosis, diabetes, severe high blood pressure, kidney disease, psychiatric illness or a duodenal ulcer.
  • Take this medication exactly as prescribed.
  • Do not stop taking prednisone without consulting your doctor. Stopping suddenly can cause serious side effects or death.
  • Take 1 oz. of an antacid (Maalox, Mylanta) with each steroid dose, as prednisone may cause stomach ulcers.
  • Avoid aspirin, alcohol and nicotine.
  • Try to eat a hight-protein, low-fat diet.
  • If you get an unrelated infection or serious injury while on this medication, tell your physician you are taking prednisone.
  • If you become pregnant, call your doctor.
  • Stay away from people who are sick and wash your hands often.
  • If you get exposed to chicken pox or measles, call your doctor immediately.
  • Store your medication in a dry place at room temperature.

Side effects are uncommon when prednisone is taken as prescribed for a short period. Side effects are more likely when it is taken at a high dosage over a long period.

Common side effects:

  • Acne
  • Cataracts
  • Changes in mood
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Headaches
  • Heartburn
  • Increased facial hair
  • Menstrual irregularities
  • Swelling due to fluid retention
  • Tiredness
  • Weak muscles
  • Weight gain

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