Prednisone is a synthetic corticosteroid drug which resembles a natural hormone produced by the adrenal glands. It is commonly used as an immunosuppressant and anti-inflammatory medication.


Prednisone is prescribed for a variety of medical conditions including:

  • Allergic reactions
  • Asthma
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Lupus
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

How It Works

Prednisone works by suppressing the immune system’s response to inflammation. It helps to reduce swelling, redness, itching, and allergic reactions in the body.

Possible Side Effects

Common side effects of prednisone may include:

  • Increase in appetite
  • Weight gain
  • Insomnia
  • Mood changes
  • High blood pressure
  • Increased risk of infections

Important Precautions

Prednisone should be taken as prescribed and under the guidance of a healthcare professional. It is important to follow the recommended dosage and duration of treatment. Abruptly stopping prednisone can lead to withdrawal symptoms and potential health complications. It may also interact with other medications so it’s important to inform your doctor about all the medications you are taking.