Prednisone is a synthetic corticosteroid that is used for treating inflammation as well as for the suppression of the immune system. Although the latter make a person vulnerable to infection, it is however very useful during organ transplants as it prevents the auto-immune system from attacking the transplanted organ. Nevertheless, the most common use for prednisone is for the treatment of swelling.
As a synthetic corticosteroid, prednisone copies the action of cortisol, a corticosteroid that is naturally produced by the adrenal glands within the body. Although corticosteroids have many and different effects on the body, its main use though is anti-inflammatory, especially during conditions wherein the immune system has a vital role. This will include conditions like arthritis, asthma, bronchitis, colitis, skin rashes, inflammatory conditions, and/or allergic conditions. Continue reading