PREDNISONE Side Effects by Likelihood and Severity

COMMON side effects

If experienced, these tend to have a Severe expression i

  • an infection
  • mood changes

If experienced, these tend to have a Less Severe expression i

  • conditions of excess stomach acid secretion
  • difficulty sleeping
  • weight gain
  • increased hunger
  • nervousness

INFREQUENT side effects

If experienced, these tend to have a Severe expression i

  • diabetes
  • a hormone disorder where the body produces high levels of cortisol called Cushing's syndrome
  • low amount of calcium in the blood
  • high levels of white blood cells
  • bleeding of the stomach or intestines
  • thin fragile skin

If experienced, these tend to have a Less Severe expression i

  • small red skin lesions due to dilated blood vessels
  • irregular periods
  • dry skin
  • puffy face from water retention

RARE side effects

If experienced, these tend to have a Severe expression i

  • Kaposi's sarcoma
  • pheochromocytoma
  • insufficiency of the hypothalamus and pituitary gland
  • an increased sodium level in the blood
  • low amount of potassium in the blood
  • anemia
  • large purple or brown skin blotches
  • mental problems from taking the drug
  • paranoia
  • pseudotumor cerebri, a condition with high fluid pressure in the brain
  • a disease with shrinking and weaker muscles called myopathy
  • increased pressure in the eye
  • glaucoma, an increased pressure in the eye
  • clouding of the lens of the eye called cataracts
  • high blood pressure
  • complete stoppage of the heart
  • slow heartbeat
  • abnormal heart rhythm
  • chronic heart failure
  • obstruction of a blood vessel by a blood clot
  • inflammation of the blood vessels
  • thrombophlebitis, an inflamed vein due to a blood clot
  • fluid in the lungs
  • an ulcer in the esophagus
  • an ulcer from too much stomach acid
  • acute inflammation of the pancreas
  • a condition with symptoms that resemble lupus
  • rupture of a tendon
  • osteoporosis, a condition of weak bones
  • delirium
  • hallucinations
  • seizures
  • trouble breathing
  • an enlarged liver
  • abnormal liver function tests
  • a broken bone
  • impaired wound healing
  • a significant type of allergic reaction called anaphylaxis
  • a type of allergic reaction called angioedema
  • a rupture in the wall of the stomach or intestine
  • osteonecrosis, the death of bone tissue due to a lack of blood supply
  • a fat embolism, a type of clot made of cholesterol or fat
  • central serous chorioretinopathy
  • epidural lipomatosis

If experienced, these tend to have a Less Severe expression i

  • overactive thyroid gland
  • a condition with low thyroid hormone levels
  • blurred vision
  • optic disk edema
  • absence of menstrual periods
  • a problem with menstrual periods
  • hirsutism, a condition of hair growth on parts of the body normally without hair
  • acne
  • joint pain
  • memory loss
  • fainting
  • sensation of spinning or whirling
  • dizziness
  • excessive sweating
  • small reddish-purplish pin-point sized spots on skin
  • scaling of the skin
  • headache
  • hiccups
  • nausea
  • abdominal bloating
  • high blood sugar
  • a feeling of pins and needles on skin
  • a feeling of general discomfort called malaise
  • abnormal fat distribution
  • fast heartbeat
  • peripheral sensory nerve disorder
  • bulging of the eyes

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