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If you have prednisone side effects, tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away:
difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep
extreme changes in mood
changes in personality
thin, fragile skin
red or purple blotches or lines under the skin
slowed healing of cuts and bruises
increased hair growth
changes in the way fat is spread around the body
irregular or absent menstrual periods
decreased sexual desire
Some side effects can be serious. If you experience any of the following symptoms, call your doctor immediately:
eye pain, redness, or tearing
sore throat, fever, chills, cough, or other signs of infection
loss of contact with reality
muscle twitching or tightening
shaking of the hands that you cannot control
numbness, burning, or tingling in the face, arms, legs, feet, or hands
sudden weight gain
shortness of breath, especially during the night
swelling or pain in the stomach
swelling of the eyes, face, lips, tongue, throat, arms, hands, feet, ankles, or lower legs
difficulty breathing or swallowing
What happens if I overdose?
Seek emergency medical attention if you think you have received too much of this medicine. A single large dose of prednisone is not expected to produce life-threatening symptoms. However, long-term use of high steroid doses can lead to symptoms such as thinning skin, easy bruising, changes in the shape or location of body fat (especially in your face, neck, back, and waist), increased acne or facial hair, menstrual problems, impotence, or loss of interest in sex.
What should I avoid while taking prednisone?
Avoid being near people who are sick or have infections. Call your doctor for preventive treatment if you are exposed to chicken pox or measles. These conditions can be serious or even fatal in people who are using steroid medication.
Do not receive a "live" vaccine while you are being treated with prednisone. Vaccines may not work as well while you are taking a steroid.
Avoid drinking alcohol while you are taking prednisone.