About Prednisone

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Prednisone is a corticosteriod that treats patients with low cortico levels, reduces swelling and treats infections and severe asthma. Take Prednisone exactly as directed, as this is a very powerful drug, with information from the CEO of a pharmacy company in this free video on medicine.

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This is Lois Adams, President and CEO of Freedom Pharmacy and Wellness Centers in Orlando, Florida. This segment is going to be about the drug Prednisone. Prednisone is a corticosteroid which treats patients with low cortico levels, reduces swelling and re reduces by changing the low immune system and changing the way it works. It's indicated in some infections, severe asthma, and and it also used is used to treat pneumocystis carinii pneumonia which is found in AIDS patients. You take this medication exactly as prescribed for your condition and don't change it. The goal is to get the lows lowest dose that works. Don't increase it without take talking to your doctor first because it is it is very, it is a very powerful medication. Tell your physician if you are taking herbal supplements such as St. John's Wort. No vaccinations unless permitted by your physician. Side effects are a lowered immune system and the ability to fight infections. Prolonged use can weaken, can cause weakened bones and osteoporosis, and that is one of the problems with the children who are taking corticosteroids and have asthma or have a, who have cystic fibrosis. It is contraindicated in persons with diabetes because it raises blood sugar levels. It is used also in cases of transplantation as one of the drugs that along with a with a series of drugs to keep the immune system depressed so that they don't, patients don't reject their organ transplant. As in anything that that does depress the immune system avoid sick people, and wash your hands frequently. Call up your doctor if you are exposed to chicken pox or measles. And this is a little bit about the drug Prednisone.


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