Side effects of Prednisone

Prednisone is prescribed as a medicine to people with certain inflammatory reactions, certain forms of blood cancer, diseases of the immune system, severe allergic reactions and to patients with a transplant. With any medication it is important to be aware of any side effects, Prednisone is no exception.


Prednisone belongs to the group of so-called corticosteroids (adrenocortical hormones). It has a wide range of effects on the body. Its main properties include suppressing inflammatory processes.
Prednisone is only active once it has been converted into prednisolone in the liver.

Possible side effects

The following side effects may occur when using Prednisone:

  • Lowering of the immune system
  • Raised blood pressure
  • Heart weakness
  • Muscle weakness
  • Bone decalcification
  • Stomach ulcer
  • Skin rash
  • Thinning of the skin
  • Impaired wound healing
  • Mood changes
  • Psychoses
  • Insomnia
  • Menstrual disorders
  • Fat face
  • Certain eye abnormalities
  • Moisture accumulation

If a side effect occurs that is not mentioned in the list above, it is recommended to consult the doctor or pharmacist. The doctor or pharmacist should also be consulted if the above side effect occurs in a serious form.

Specific possible side effects in children

In addition to adults, Prednisone is also used in children. When using Prednisone, some specific side effects can be distinguished in children. In addition to these specific side effects, the side effects in the list above are also possible.

  • Hunger attacks
  • Flabby muscles
  • Severely changing mood
  • Inhibition of growth


Use other medications

It is well known that medications can influence each other. If you are already taking other medications before starting Prednisone, it is important to report this to the doctor or pharmacist. Even when it comes to medicines that are available without a prescription.

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