The inflammation or swelling of the joints and tissues that surround the joints is a condition called arthritis.
Joints link bones together in lots of body parts like knees, wrists, toes, hips, fingers. These joints are affected most frequently by osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
These two types of arthritis may be very painful, causing stiffness, inability to move or perform certain tasks, making it hard for a person to live normal life.
Osteorporosis is characterized by swollen joints, pain which gets worse after exercise or immobility. The treatment for osteoporosis is adjusted by a doctor who can recommend applying topical creams, analgesics, using certain pain-killers and metabolic agents.
Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune inflammatory disease which affects joints in the feet, knees, fingers, thumbs, wrists, elbows, ankles. The destroyed linings of the joints cause pain, stiffness, inflammation and inability to move properly.
The treatment of rheumatoid arthritis differs from the treatment of osteoporosis and may involve use of analgesics, anti-inflammatory agents and certain specific medications like Prednisone.
The oral medicine Prednisone is used to treat various diseases and conditions, especially disorders and states linked to inflammation. This medicine belongs to the class of corticosteroids, and is endocrine-metabolic agent and immune suppressant.
Prednisone provides significant relief for inflamed areas of the body and can be used for the reduction of the symptoms caused by arthritis. Besides, this medicine is prescribed for autoimmune conditions causing swelling, severe allergies, adrenal problems, 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 functions to suppress the overactive immune system helping a patient to relieve swelling, redness, itching, and allergic reactions.
The availability of the medicine – only with a doctor’s prescription.
The forms of oral medicine- liquid form, tablets, delayed-release tablets.
Proper use involves intake of the proper dosage for the condition being treated. The administration of Prednisone is possible with or without food. Health specialists recommend taking it with food to avoid stomach irritation.
Before the treatment with Prednisone it is better to discuss with a caring doctor the following important things:
- Medical history, including previous diseases, acute or chronic illnesses;
- Medicines you use periodically or regularly;
- Getting a flu or any other vaccines;
- Having a surgery in the nearest future.
Prednisone is not right for every patient. Pregnant women, young children, breast-feeding women, people with hypersensitivity and allergic reaction to the component in this medicine should not use Prednisone.
This medicine can affect certain processes in the human body and cause problems like:
Mood or behavior changes
Hypertension, retaining water, changes in salt or potassium levels in your body
Cataracts or glaucoma and other eye problems
Slow growth in children
It does not mean that any of these problems will occur in every patient, but it is necessary to know that the side effects and consequences happen more frequently in patients who use Prednisone for a long period of time.
If you use Prednisone for arthritis problem, you may need to have your dosage changed during the treatment. In case of side effects, the treatment is not stopped abruptly, it may cause severe effects. The discontinuation should be gradual.