Prednisone provides relief for inflamed areas of the body. It is used to treat a number of different conditions, such as inflammation (swelling), severe allergies, adrenal problems, arthritis, asthma, blood or bone marrow problems, endocrine problems, eye or vision problems, stomach or bowel problems, lupus, skin conditions, kidney problems, ulcerative colitis, and flare-ups of multiple sclerosis. Prednisone is a corticosteroid (cortisone-like medicine or steroid). It works on the immune system to help relieve swelling, redness, itching, and allergic reactions.

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    Aggression
    agitation
    anxiety
    blurred vision
    decrease in the amount of urine
    dizziness
    fast, slow, pounding, or irregular heartbeat or pulse
    headache
    irritability
    mental depression
    mood changes
    nervousness
    noisy, rattling breathing
    numbness or tingling in the arms or legs
    pounding in the ears
    shortness of breath
    swelling of the fingers, hands, feet, or lower legs
    trouble thinking, speaking, or walking
    troubled breathing at rest
    weight gain
    Incidence not known
    Abdominal or stomach cramping or burning (severe)
    abdominal or stomach pain
    backache
    bloody, black, or tarry stools
    cough or hoarseness
    darkening of skin
    decrease in height
    decreased vision
    diarrhea
    dry mouth
    eye pain
    eye tearing
    facial hair growth in females
    fainting
    fever or chills
    flushed, dry skin
    fractures
    fruit-like breath odor
    full or round face, neck, or trunk
    heartburn or indigestion (severe and continuous)
    increased hunger
    increased thirst
    increased urination
    loss of appetite
    loss of sexual desire or ability
    lower back or side pain
    menstrual irregularities
    muscle pain or tenderness
    muscle wasting or weakness
    nausea
    pain in back, ribs, arms, or legs
    painful or difficult urination
    skin rash
    sleeplessness
    sweating
    trouble healing
    trouble sleeping
    unexplained weight loss
    unusual tiredness or weakness
    vision changes
    vomiting
    vomiting of material that looks like coffee grounds
    Some of the side effects that can occur with prednisone may not need medical attention. As your body adjusts to the medicine during treatment these side effects may go away. Your health care professional may also be able to tell you about ways to reduce or prevent some of these side effects. If any of the following side effects continue, are bothersome or if you have any questions about them, check with your health care professional:

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    Increased appetite
    Incidence not known
    Abnormal fat deposits on the face, neck, and trunk
    acne
    dry scalp
    lightening of normal skin color
    red face
    reddish purple lines on the arms, face, legs, trunk, or groin
    swelling of the stomach area
    thinning of the scalp hair
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