Prednisone

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Quiz: Do You Understand Prednisone?

Test your knowledge by answering the following questions:

Questions
True
False
1

Poor sleep can be a side effect of prednisone.

Explanation:
Prednisone has a number of side effects. Common side effects include irritability, agitation and poor sleep. Patients may be able to manage less severe side effects with sleep or anti-anxiety medications.
2

High blood sugar is not a side effect of prednisone.

Explanation:
Long-term side effects of prednisone include weight gain and obesity, osteoporosis, cataracts, high blood sugar, muscle weakness and thinning of the skin.
3

Prednisone can stimulate your appetite.

Explanation:
Prednisone often stimulates or increases your appetite, making you crave carbohydrates and leading to weight gain, so you’ll need to be mindful of what you eat and of portion sizes.
4

Prednisone can cause osteoporosis.

Explanation:
Because prednisone can cause osteoporosis, you need to have appropriate amounts of calcium and vitamin D in your diet. Calcium is found in foods such as milk, yogurt and cheese, but if you’re not getting enough calcium in your diet, you can take calcium supplements. Many people don’t get enough vitamin D from diet alone, so you can also take 2,000 units of vitamin D daily.
5

You can quit taking prednisone without worrying about side effects, as your body makes it anyways.

Explanation:
If you do stop taking prednisone, you must taper off slowly with the help of your doctor. Your body makes about 7.5 milligrams of prednisone every day, but when you are on high doses of prednisone medication, your body stops making it, so you can get very sick if you stop cold turkey.