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Deltasone is a prescription medicine used to treat various conditions, such as arthritis, blood disorders, breathing problems, severe allergies, and skin diseases. Deltasone contains the active ingredient prednisone. Prednisone belongs to a class of drugs called corticosteroids. It works by decreasing the immune system's response to various diseases, which reduces inflammation and relieves symptoms.
Deltasone is available as a tablet to be taken by mouth or as an injection used in medical settings. As with all medications, follow your doctor's instructions and to be aware of potential side effects.
Uses and Dosage
Deltasone is taken by mouth in tablet form, usually with food or milk to prevent stomach upset as directed by your doctor. Swallow the tablet with a full glass of water (8 ounces/240 milliliters) unless your doctor advises otherwise. Follow your doctor's instructions precisely and adhere to the dosing schedule.
The dosage and duration of the therapy depend on your medical condition and how you respond to the medication. If you are taking the drug on a non-daily routine, such as every other day, it may be beneficial to mark your calendar to avoid missing doses. Do not stop taking this drug abruptly to avoid worsening conditions or withdrawal symptoms. Signs and symptoms of withdrawal are dizziness, weakness, tiredness, nausea, weight loss, and muscle pain.
The typical dosage of Prednisone can vary widely depending on the condition being treated, the patient's age, and other factors. The usual starting dosage may vary from 5 mg to 60 mg per day, and the maximum daily dosage may be around 60 to 80 mg/day in a single daily dose or in divided doses, typically given for several weeks and then tapered gradually.
Common Side Effects of Deltasone (Prednisone):
- Loss of appetite
- Increased sweating
- Insomnia or trouble sleeping
Serious Side Effects of Deltasone (Prednisone):
- Muscle pain or cramps
- Irregular heartbeat
- Unusual weight gain
- Swelling of the extremities
- Blurred vision or other vision problems
- Gastrointestinal bleeding
- Poor wound healing
- Thinning skin
- Bone pain
- Puffy face
- Easy bruising
- Mental changes or mood swings
- Signs of infection (chills, persistent sore throat, fever)
- High blood sugar level
Form and strength
Deltasone (Prednisone) is available in the following forms and strength
- 1 mg
- 2.5 mg
- 5 mg
- 10 mg
- 20 mg
- 50 mg
- Do not take Deltasone during pregnancy unless the benefits outweigh the potential risks. Corticosteroids may affect fetal growth and development, and prolonged use during pregnancy can increase the risk of low birth weight and other complications.
- Avoid alcohol while taking Deltasone, as alcohol can increase the risk of stomach ulcers and other adverse effects.
- Deltasone can weaken the immune system, leading to an increased risk of infections. Patients should avoid contact with people who have infections and report any new infections to their doctors promptly.
- Long-term use of Deltasone can increase the risk of osteoporosis (thinning of the bones), especially in women and older adults. Patients may need to take calcium and vitamin D supplements and should discuss their bone health with their doctors.
- Deltasone can increase the risk of stomach ulcers and gastrointestinal bleeding. Patients should take the medication with food and avoid alcohol and aspirin while taking this medication.
- Deltasone may interact with other medications, such as certain antibiotics, antifungals, and immunosuppressants. Patients should inform their doctors of all medications they are taking.
- Prolonged use of Deltasone can suppress the adrenal glands, which produce hormones that regulate various bodily functions. Patients who have been taking Deltasone for a long time may need to gradually taper off the medication to avoid withdrawal symptoms and adrenal insufficiency.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Can Deltasone interact with other medications?
Yes, Deltasone can interact with other medications, including certain antibiotics, antifungal medicines, and medications that affect the immune system. Inform your healthcare provider of all medications and supplements you are taking.
What should I do if I miss a dose of Deltasone?
If you miss a dose of Deltasone, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is near the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your regular dosing schedule. Do not double the dose to catch up.
Can Deltasone cause withdrawal symptoms?
Yes, Deltasone can cause withdrawal symptoms if the medication is stopped abruptly after prolonged use. These symptoms can include fatigue, weakness, body aches, and joint pain.
How long does Deltasone stay in your system?
The half-life of Deltasone in the body is about 2 to 4 hours, but the exact duration of action can vary depending on factors such as the dosage, duration of treatment, and individual metabolism. However, the effects of Deltasone can persist for several days or weeks after the medication is discontinued.
It's important to purchase Deltasone from verified Canadian pharmacy.