Prednisone Side Effects
Are the Risks Worth it?

Prednisone Side Effects are many, dangerous and have been well known since they were first introduced in the 1950's. While there is no doubt that prednisone temporarily reduces symptoms in many diseases and has certainly saved MANY lives of those having life threatening asthma attacks or allergic reactions, is the risk of these major side effects worth it?

For those with chronic illnesses, these corticosteroids can only suppress symptoms and never actually cure these inflammatory problems because they never address the reasons WHY you are experiencing continual inflammation. Have you ever thought about why your body is creating inflammation in the first place? There IS a reason, and corticosteroid anti-inflammatory drugs such as:

  • Prednisone
  • Prednisolone
  • Methylprednisolone
  • Pedia-Pred

also called Glucocorticoids, Corticosteroids or Steroidal Anti-Inflammatories- these drugs should not be confused with the illegal 'Anabolic Steroids' that bodybuilders use nor with Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs, such as Ibuprofen. Corticosteroids are powerful drugs that can only be obtained by prescription (at least in the US) and are designed to reduce inflammation in many different illnesses with an inflammatory component. Corticosteroids come in many forms and can be given by the intravenous or injection form in hospitals, where they are known as Prednisolone or Methylprednisolone, or in oral pills called Prednisone or PediPred (for children) when taken at home.

While they absolutely do reduce inflammation, and they do their job extremely well for both acute and chronic problems, they also cause a WIDE range of short and long-term side effects that can range from a pleasant increase in energy to permanent diabetes and osteoporosis.


Short Term Prednisone Side Effects

These are just some of the short-term problems that prednisone and other steroids can lead to. I'll not go into these in depth since, as I've said, are only short term problems and some, such as euphoria, are actually pleasant rather than unpleasant:

  • Mood Problems(4)
  • Anxiety
  • Agitation
  • Euphoria
  • Depression
  • Psychotic reactions
  • Insomnia

Most of the negative short-term effects generally go away quickly after you stop taking these drugs. By contrast, when taking corticosteroids for long periods of time, the long-term effects below can lead to serious life-long health problems.


Long Term Prednisone Side Effects

Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is such a common and well-knows side effect of these drugs that it is known as 'Steroid Osteoporosis' by doctors who rarely take any precautions to prevent this loss of bone in their patients(2). Bone loss of between 10-30% has been noted as a side effect of prednisone in many studies and can affect up to 50% of people taking these drugs. While some of the bone loss was regenerated after stopping the medications, it wasn't reversed completely(1)and if serial regimens of prednisone are taken over periods of several years, severe osteoporosis could be the result.

"Early experience with the new steroids revealed
the occurrence of minor undesirable side-effects,
such as facial rounding, hirsutism, diminished carbohydrate
tolerance, insomnia, restlessness, weakness, transitory
mental clouding, acne, increased skin pigmentation,
and vague abdominal distress."

* These are the 'minor' undesirable side effects
according to this study!
MAJOR UNDESIRABLE SIDE-EFFECTS RESULTING
FROM PREDNISOLONE AND PREDNISONE

 

Part of this problem could be the result of the Magnesium Depletion that occurs with these drugs. While most people think of calcium replacement to prevent bone loss, one of the Side Effects of Prescription Antacids is magnesium deficiency and bone loss as well. Since most US women get plenty of calcium, a bigger problem in general as well as a result of prescription drug usage, is a loss of magnesium that leads to osteoporosis in the long run.

Susceptibility to Infections

One extremely well-known problem with Prednisone side effects is its ability to decrease the effectiveness of the Immune System. This can occur to such an extent that patients taking long-term corticosteroid therapy have acquired serious infections such as Tuberculosis and deadly blood infections requiring hospitalization.(10) Some of the infections noted in people taking corticosteroids, such as Pneumocystis Carinii Pneumonia(9), are so rare in the population in general that they are associated with the HIV infection or cancer nearly 100% of the time- except in those taking corticosteroids and other immune system suppressants. Think about this for a moment, Prednisone side effects can cause immune system dysfunction similar to of AIDS and HIV!

Muscle Weakness

Steroid myopathy is a well known problem that can occur when corticosteroids are taken. While it's a more Common Side Effect of corticosteroids taken for long periods of time, this muscle weakness can occur when drugs are taken even for short periods of time and can occur in up to 64% of people taking these drugs(8). Some people experienced muscle weakness so severely that it affected the muscles of the diaphragm and caused serious breathing problems. (7) When you already have a serious illness, having muscle weakness and breathing problems as a Prednisone Side Effect is probably not something that sounds attractive to you.


Appearance

Long term Corticosteroid treatment can also change one's appearance rather drastically. Weight gain, particularly abdominal weight gain, and facial hair growth are common problems when taking these drugs on a long term basis. The most disturbing appearance problems come from an induced condition called Cushing's Disease. The features of Cushing's Disease include all of the above mentioned problems along with a rounding of the face known as 'moon face' and a thick fat pad on the upper back and neck known as a 'Buffalo Hump'. These long term Prednisone Side Effects may or may not go away when you stop taking corticosteroids.


Diabetes

side effects of prednisone include diabetes

Blood sugar problems are an extremely common problem with the use of corticosteroids. It is SO common that people in the hospital who are placed on even short term corticosteroid therapy have their blood sugar watched carefully 3 to 4 times per day and treated with insulin when necessary. Long term use resulted in diabetes in up to 25% of users with up to 50% requiring insulin after corticosteroid therapy was stopped. In other words, about 12% of people become permanent diabetics with long term usage of corticosteroids.


Alternatives to Corticosteroids

Prednisone Side Effects can lead to permanent and serious life-altering diseases and risk factors for disabling conditions such as Cipro Tendonitis that, in most instances, the majority of the population are trying to avoid in order to live a happy and healthy life.

Taking corticosteroids, even on a short term basis, has definite risks- but taking corticosteroids on a long term basis is a recipe for extremely poor health with the potential for diabetes, osteoporosis, AID'S-like immune dysfunction and serious appearance changes.

Even worse is that very often the diseases that these drugs are being prescribed for ARE treatable with lifestyle measures such as diet and nutrients- despite the fact that few doctors address lifestyle solutions. There ARE doctors out there who are effectively treating many of these health problems without dangerous drugs and by aggressive measures that STRENGTHEN rather than suppress the immune system. Keep reading to learn about why the combination of Corticosteroids and Quinolone Antibiotics can be a recipe for the disaster that is Cipro Tendonitis...

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