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Get Prednisone Prescription Online

Prednisone medication belongs to a class of drugs called corticosteroids. If you think you need prednisone, or are used to taking it long-term and need a refill of your prescription, you can have a consultation with a doctor over the phone or online, and get a prednisone prescription online.

What is Prednisone and What Does it Treat

Prednisone is a corticosteroid. Corticosteroids are anti-inflammatory medications that are used to treat a wide range of different conditions and health problems. Some of these conditions include:

Most of these conditions cause the immune system to react and produce swelling and inflammation, which can lead to pain, rashes and other unpleasant symptoms. Corticosteroids work by reducing the immune system’s reaction to the disease process, thus limiting swelling and other allergic-type reactions such as itching and redness.

How to Use Prednisone

Prednisone is available in various different forms, including tablets, intramuscular injections and eye drops. It is most commonly taken by mouth. It is usually advised that prednisone tablets should be taken with a full glass of water and with something to eat to help reduce the risk of an upset stomach. It is also available as a liquid for people who might have trouble taking tablets. When taking liquid medications such as this it is important to measure out the dose using the equipment provided, rather than household spoons, to make sure the right dose is administered.

Dosages

The dose of prednisone is variable and depends on why you are taking it, how long you have been taking it for, and whether you have any other health problems. It is really important to take the correct dose as recommended by your doctor – you should measure out this dose really carefully, particularly if taking the liquid formulation. If you are only taking one dose a day, it is usually advised to do this early in the morning, ideally before 9am.
Prednisone is often prescribed as a reducing-dose regime and there will be a schedule provided for how to take it. It is very important to take it exactly as prescribed. Your doctor will prescribe the dosage and length of your treatment based on your condition and response to treatment so far. You should always take the full course of treatment – if you stop before the end of the prescribed duration then your condition may get worse.

Side Effects

As with all medications, there are side-effects associated with prednisone. Lots of the side-effects are fairly mild, and often get better as you progress through the course. There are also more serious side-effects that may mean you need to stop taking prednisone and may even require other treatment.

Minor side effects include:

  • Weakness and tiredness
  • Minor weight loss
  • Nausea
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Heartburn
  • Acne
  • Increased sweating

If you notice any of these symptoms it is important to let your doctor know. If the symptoms are severe, the doctor may advise you to reduce the dose of prednisone that you have been taking. However, some of these side-effects are predictable and unavoidable.

If you have a health problem that requires treatment with corticosteroids such as prednisone, it is likely that the benefits will outweigh the risks and side-effects, but it will be important to discuss this with your doctor.

More serious side effects include:

  • Severe vomiting
  • Loss of appetite
  • Severe weakness
  • Swelling hands/ankles/feet
  • Muscle pain/cramps
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Signs of infection (such as fever or persistent sore throat)
  • Vomit that looks like coffee grounds
  • Vision problems
  • Severe stomach or abdominal pain
  • Slow wound healing
  • Thin skin
  • Puffy face
  • Seizures
  • Menstrual period changes
  • Bone pain
  • Mental/mood changes

If you develop any of these symptoms you should not take any more of the medication and you should get advice from your doctor straight away.

Prednisone can increase blood sugar levels. If you notice symptoms of high blood sugar levels, such as thirst or frequent urination, please consult your doctor. If you have diabetes, it is important to check your blood sugar regularly and inform your doctor of the results.

Some users may experience an allergic reaction to prednisone. This is rare but can be life threatening. If you develop symptoms of a serious allergic reaction such as rash, itching, dizziness, vomiting or difficulty breathing, you should seek medical attention immediately.

Precautions

Before using prednisone, tell your doctor about your medical history. It is important your doctor knows if you have a history of any of the following:

Because of the effect corticosteroids have on the immune system, they can make you more susceptible to infections, and also mask the symptoms of infections. If you are taking prednisone you should take extra hygiene precautions to avoid the spread of infection, such as hand washing and avoiding people who currently have any infections. Consult your doctor for more information.

The liquid form of prednisone sometimes contains substances such as sugar and/or alcohol. This can cause a problem for people with diabetes, liver disease or other conditions that are exacerbated through the use of sugar or alcohol. Again, you should consult your doctor about any of these concerns.

Corticosteroids can cause vaccines to become ineffective. It is therefore advised that you shouldn’t have any new immunizations or vaccinations while you are taking prednisone. If a new immunization is essential, you should plan the best time to have it with your doctor.

Corticosteroids are also associated with an increased risk of stomach bleeding. If you develop symptoms such as severe abdominal pain, vomiting blood, or dark coloured stools you should seek advice from a doctor straight away.

If children take corticosteroids for a prolonged periods, it can cause their growth to slow down. This often improves once they stop taking the medication, but you should discuss this with you doctor if you have any concerns.

Finally, pregnant women shouldn’t take corticosteroid medications such as prednisone unless it is absolutely necessary. Depending on the reason for taking prednisone, the benefits may outweigh the risks, but there is a small chance of reduced growth of the unborn baby. You should discuss the risks and benefits of treatment thoroughly with your doctor.

Get Prednisone Prescription Online

If you think a prednisone prescription is right for you and want to get a prescription online, you’re in the right place. PlushCare gives you access to a network of world-class online doctors. You can book an appointment and meet with a doctor to go over your medical history and symptoms. If the doctor thinks prednisone can help you they will have a prescription electronically sent to your local pharmacy.

Book and appointment with a PlushCare doctor today and get a prednisone prescription online.

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