Side effects of prednisone

pain in the stomach

Side effects

If you notice any of the following side effects, contact your doctor immediately:

  • severe pain in the stomach (which is a sign of pancreatitis)
  • seizures
  • eye sight problems
  • appearance of bruising, redness of the skin in the form of blemishes and frequent bleeding of the gums or nosebleeds (indicating the onset of thrombocytopenia)
  • increased eye pressure
  • increased intracranial pressure and headaches
  • difficult breathing
  • insomnia
  • hirsutism (excess hair growth)
  • generalized weakness
  • muscle pain
  • tendon rupture
  • bone fractures
  • luid retention
  • high blood pressure
  • loss of muscle mass in the arms and legs
  • increased body weight
  • increased sweating
  • swelling
  • indigestion


Prednisone should not be used concurrently with the following medicines:

  • Adalimumab (a monoclonal antibody that is used in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis). Joint administration of these drugs can significantly weaken your immune system, which further increases the risk of serious infections
  • Leflunomide and teriflunomide (medicines used in the treatment of multiple sclerosis). These drugs weaken the immune system, like Prednisone, and taking these drugs concomitantly increases the risk of serious infections.
  • Quinolone antibiotics (norfloxacin, ofloxacin, ciprofloxacin, levofloxacin and moxifloxacin). Concomitant use of Prednisone with these drugs increases the risk of tendon rupture.
  • Bupropion (a drug used to quit smoking and as an antidepressant). Co-administration of these drugs increases the risk of seizures.
  • Etanercept and infliximab (medicines used in the treatment of autoimmune diseases). These drugs weaken the immune system, just like Prednisone, which increases the risk of serious infections.
  • Deferasirox (a medicine used to treat chronic hemochromatosis). Concomitant use of these drugs increases the risk of digestive side effects.
  • Mifepristone (a drug used in the termination of pregnancy). This medicine may reduce the effect of Prednisone.
  • Vigabatrin (a medicine used to treat epilepsy). Co-administration of these two drugs increases the risk of vision loss.

Once I treated children who suffered from acute allergic rhinitis with Prednisolone. I liked the effect of the drug, because it was able to quickly remove the swelling and allergic reaction. After that, I was prescribed Prednisolone for hives. Despite improvements in the condition, this medicine caused me to have some side effects in a form of sleep disturbances. But for me the main factor is effectiveness, if the medicine helps, then side effects can be tolerated. Especially, if they are so insignificant as a violation of sleep. I would not sleep anyway because of the illness.


My child was somehow prescribed the drug Magnesium B6. This drug I drank a lot during pregnancy. The doctor prescribed a month to be discontinued, but I mistook and drank it for three or six months. Apparently, in this way, he became an allergen for my boy. At the same time along with magnesium it was bitten by some midge and a bite on the arm was very swollen. In the clinic they prescribed to prune for three days. I bought it freely in the drugstore and went to the injection in clinic. On the second day the swelling completely went away.
Also, there was a case with my mother-in-law when she had a terrible allergy to throat spray. For several days her face swelled, blushed and covered with bubbles. And all this was accompanied by the reception of Suprastin tablets (which she had not coped with at all). She had to call an ambulance and she was taken to the hospital where she was treated with Prednisone for several days. The edema quickly came down, there were no side effects.
The nurse said that the Prednisone tabs should be for every allergic person.