28 October 2014 (Tuesday) - Prednisolone

Prednisolone is a corticosteroid;  the active metabolite of the drug prednisone and it works by preventing or reducing inflammation. It is used to treat a number of conditions that are characterised by excessive inflammation.

Which is why I've been prescribed it to shrink my nasal polyps !

Prednisolone also suppresses the immune system and so can be used to treat autoimmune diseases. Prednisolone can help to prevent and to treat the rejection of transplanted organs. It can also be used in the treatment of certain types of cancers.
Long term treatment leaves patients prone to infections as their immune system can become weak. These infections may be much more severe than they usually would be and the symptoms that would usually be used to identify such infections can be hidden by the condition for which prednisolone has been prescribed.. For this reason people who take Prednisolone must be careful to avoid exposure to infections such as chickenpox and measles whenever possible. 

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