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. Even in the case of Cortisone Injections, they don't cure the inflammation and pain, but only mask it. 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:
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.
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.
"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.
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.
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.
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...
Research on Prednisone Side Effects