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prednisone (PREDNISONE INTENSOL, RAYOS)


DISEASE AND DRUG FAMILY INFORMATION

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Adrenal Steroids
There are three types of adrenal steroids: mineralocorticoids, which maintain sodium and potassium balance in the body, glucocorticoids, and male sex steroids (although most male sex hormones are produced in the testicles). Our Web site only considers glucocorticoids.

DRUG AND DIETARY SUPPLEMENT PROFILES

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WORST PILLS, BEST PILLS NEWSLETTER ARTICLES

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Medications That Cause Gastrointestinal Bleeding
September 2021
Gastrointestinal bleeding is a common cause of hospitalization and in severe cases can result in death. Find out which commonly used medications can cause gastrointestinal bleeding.
Important Drug Interactions for the Hypertension and Angina Drug Nifedipine
August 2021
Patients taking the widely prescribed calcium channel blocker nifedipine (PROCARDIA, PROCARDIA XL) should be aware that it has clinically important interactions with many other prescription medications.
Serious Adverse Effects Associated With Short-Term Use of Oral Corticosteroids
June 2021
In this article, we review data from new research showing that even short-term (14 or fewer days) use of oral corticosteroids can increase your risk of serious adverse effects.
Important Drug Interactions for the Anticoagulant Warfarin
August 2020
Patients taking the commonly used blood thinner warfarin (COUMADIN, JANTOVEN) should be aware that it has clinically important interactions with numerous other prescription and over-the-counter medications, as well as some dietary supplements.
Commonly Used Oral Drugs That Can Cause Eye Problems; First of a Two-Part Series
December 2019
In this first of a two-part series, we review some of the many commonly prescribed medications that can damage your eyes and the steps that you can take to protect yourself from these adverse effects. The second part in this series will appear in our February 2020 issue.
Systemic Corticosteroids Ineffective for Low Back Pain
February 2019
Low back pain is a frequent reason for outpatient and emergency room visits among adults. Read why treatment with corticosteroids is a poor choice for treating this common condition.
Study Suggests Frequent Improper Use of Systemic Corticosteroids for Respiratory Illnesses
December 2018
In this article we discuss new research showing that patients with acute respiratory illnesses too often are treated inappropriately with corticosteroid drugs, exposing them to unnecessary risks.
Drugs That Cause Weight Gain
December 2017
Weight gain is an adverse event associated with many widely used medications and may lead to significant overweight and obesity, especially in susceptible individuals. Find out which drugs have this adverse effect.
Drug-Induced Hair Loss
July 2016
For most people with hair loss, the condition usually is age-related or due to the genes they inherited from their parents. But for some patients, the cause of the problem can be found in the medicine cabinet. Learn about some commonly used medications that can cause hair loss.
Steroid Treatment for COPD Exacerbations: Five Days Just as Effective as 14 Days
October 2013
If you or a loved one has chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), sometimes known as emphysema, and suffers from periodic acute COPD exacerbations requiring steroids, you should know that new research demonstrates that a five-day course of steroids for treating such exacerbations works just as well as a conventional 14-day course.
Update on Grapefruit Juice-Drug Interactions
July 2012
This article updates and expands our earlier list of drugs that can have harmful interactions with grapefruit juice. The list now includes 82 different drugs.
Corticosteroid Drug Interactions
November 2010
This article discusses 36 drugs that, when used by people also using a corticosteroid, can either cause toxic interactions with the steroid or decrease the steroid's effectiveness.
Alternatives for Sleeping Problems
July 2010
Experts in sleep and aging have stated, “It’s extraordinarily rare to find an old person who actually requires sleeping pills." This article lists many over-the-counter and prescription drugs that can actually cause difficulty with sleeping and also discusses a variety of non-pharmacologic alternatives to sleeping pills. Sleep experts have also said that “Nonpharmacological treat­ments not only cause fewer side ef­fects, but they can sustain long-term improvements more successfully than pharmacological treatments.”
Drug-induced Cognitive Impairment: Part 2: Delirium and Dementia
April 2009
This second article about drug-induced dementia or delirium lists and discusses an additional 79 drugs that can cause these reversible kinds of mental deterioration. The two articles collectively review 136 drugs that can cause these serious side effects, especially in older people.
Drug-Induced Eye Toxicity: 62 Drugs That Can Cause Eye Disease
April 2008
This article, based on a recent review in Drug Safety, lists 62 prescription drugs that can cause eye disease. The range of drug-induced eye diseases includes diseases of the eyelids, glaucoma, cataracts, retinal damage and optic nerve damage. As is true for drug-induced diseases in other parts of the body, you should consider newly developed eye symptoms beginning shortly after starting a new medication to be possibly drug-induced and consult a physician.
Drug Induced Psychiatric Symptoms
October 2002
This is the first of a two part series on drug induced psychiatric symptoms that is based on the July 8, 2002 issue of The Medical Letter on Drugs and Therapeutics. Regular readers of Worst Pills, Best Pills News will recognize The Medical Letter as a reference source written for physicians and pharmacists that we often use because of its reputation as an objective and independent source of drug information. The article lists the drugs and their psychiatric adverse effects.
Grapefruit Juice and Drug Interactions
June 2002
Grapefruit juice can interact with a number of therapeutically important drugs that could lead to the possibility of toxicity. These drugs are listed in the article.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION FROM PUBLIC CITIZEN

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Petition Requesting Warnings on the Labels of Glucocorticosteroids (HRG Publication #1958)
The FDA should immediately require that the labels for all brands of prednisone and other glucocorticosteroids currently on the market in the U.S. be revised to include central serous chorioretinopathy as one of the ophthalmic adverse reactions reported with these medications if not already included. The FDA should also ensure that other important information regarding the use and safety of these medications is presented in a consistent manner across all labels.