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.
Prednisone comes in 2.5mg, 5mg, prednisone 10mg, 20mg, and 50mg doses. Although proper dosing also involves body mass, the most popular is prednisone 10mg. In fact, prednisone 10mg is considered to be the safe dosage for adults that have not been properly diagnosed by a medical professional but are taking prednisone 10mg to treat some forms of swelling from within their body. Once ingested, prednisone 10mg or other doses remains inactive within the body. In order for prednisone 10mg to work, the active ingredients must be converted by enzymes secreted by the liver. This means that if you suffer from some form of liver disease, prednisone 10mg may not have the same effect as that of people that do not have any liver impairment.
As mentioned earlier, the use for prednisone 10mg is towards the management of swelling conditions or medical conditions where the immune system is involved and has a vital role to play. Since there are actually many conditions wherein prednisone 10mg can be used on, the most common conditions where prednisone 10mg is used are arthritis, allergic reactions, anemia, asthma, Crohn’s disease, leukemia, lymphoma, lupus, psoriasis, and idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura. Additionally, prednisone 10mg can suppress the immune system making it highly useful in preventing the body from rejecting of transplanted organs. In fact, many of those who regularly use prednisone 10mg uses it as a replacement therapy, especially when their adrenal glands are not able to supply the necessary levels of cortisol.
If you will be taking prednisone 10mg, it is important that you understand that prednisone has the capacity to react with estrogens as well as phenytoin. If you have high levels of estrogen, it may actually lower the effect of enzymes within the liver that breaks down the active ingredients within prednisone 10mg. Due to this, the likelihood of experiencing side effects from prednisone 10mg intake is increased. Additionally, phenytoin increases the effect of enzymes that helps in breaking down the active ingredients of prednisone 10mg within the liver. This in turn reduces the overall effectiveness of prednisone. This means that if phenytoin gets taken, you may be required to increase your dose of prednisone 10mg.
Always keep in mind that proper administration of prednisone 10mg is necessary as you risk yourself of side effects if you do not really know what you are doing. Since this corticosteroid drug compromises your immune system, it is necessary that the taking of prednisone 10mg is under the instructions or guidance of a medical professional.