14. Breathing Difficulty
Despite widespread use for treatment of asthma and allergies, glucocorticoids may cause allergic reactions, including bronchospasm and anaphylaxis.
According to a literature review published in Journal of General Internal Medicine, “allergic reactions have been reported with intramuscular, intraarticular, periarticular, intralesional, oral, inhalational, and intravenous routes of glucocorticoid administration.”(21)
After reading this list, it doesn’t seem like the benefits of prednisone outweigh the risks. Especially when you consider that inflammation can be controlled naturally with no side effects.
Frequently Asked Questions
How risky is it to take prednisone?
Other than the side effects, prednisone can have serious health implications in the doctor’s office and at the dentist.
In fact, all health professionals you come into contact with needs to be advised that you are taking the medication. So should your family and friends.
Some doctors even recommend that you should carry an identification card that includes your doctor’s name and phone number, stating that you are taking prednisone.
What can worsen the side effects of prednisone?
Prednisone interacts with many drugs, including Mifepristone, Bupropion, Haloperidol and live vaccines.
Being predisposed to certain conditions like diabetes, mental health issues, and acne heightens your risk of being affected by these side effects.
How do I know if my side effects are serious?
Call your doctor at once if you have shortness of breath, severe pain in your upper stomach, bloody or tarry stools, severe depression, changes in personality or behavior, vision problems, or eye pain (22). These side effects should never be taken lightly.
Can I quit prednisone cold turkey?
Do not stop taking this medication without telling your doctor. Unfortunately, some conditions may become worse when this drug is suddenly stopped. Getting off the drugs can also cause weakness, weight loss, nausea, muscle pain, headache, tiredness, and dizziness.
If you want to stop taking the drug or pursue other treatment options, it’s important to slowly reduce your dose under the supervision of your doctor.
How do I manage inflammation naturally?
There is an immense wealth of anti-inflammatory foods just in your local supermarket. Pineapple, vitamin c, omega-3s, turmeric, all have potent inflammation-fighting properties, just to name a few (23-25).
On the other end of the spectrum, there are many foods that can trigger or worsen inflammation. To reduce inflammation, the first thing you should do is cut out sugar, processed foods, gluten, and alcohol (26).
It also goes without saying that it’s beneficial to practice low-impact exercise, stretching, and yoga.