How to Reduce the Side Effects of Wysolone (Steroids)
Why Doctors Prescribe Wysolone
Wysolone, also known as Prednisolone, is a drug widely used for immune suppression in the case of chronic allergic conditions and inflammatory diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, uvietis, asthma, autoimmune hepatitis, and Bell's palsy. It is also commonly used by opthamologists for the treatment of allergic and inflammatory conditions of the uvea, iris, conjuctiva, and optic nerves of the eyes. This medicine is also commonly prescribed to patients whose immune systems attack their own bodies because of lupus and other autoimmune diseases.
Distribution in the Body
It is well absorbed if taken orally and binds to proteins, distributing quickly throughout the body. Wysolone does pass through the placenta and also penetrates breast milk, so it is not recommended to take this medication while pregnant.
Wysolone is discharged through urine as conjugated and free metabolites. It has a one to two hour eradication half-life, meaning it takes one to two hours for half the quantity of the drug to be fully metabolized by the body.
Wysolone Side Effects
- Cataracts and glaucoma
- Peptic ulceration
- Slow growing rate
- Increase in appetite, leading to rapid weight gain
- Swelling of cheeks
- Black stool
- Increase in thirst
- Fractures and osteoporosis (Some doctors advise calcium tablets with long term use.)
How to Reduce Side Effects
Regular Testing and Doctor Visits
If you are taking this medication long term, your doctor will ask you for regular blood tests in order to keep track of and reduce side effects. These tests will include:
- SGPT and SGOT (Tests for liver health)
- TLC-DLC (A test for white blood cell count to check immune function)
- HB (hemoglobin, checks oxygen in the blood)
- Platelet count
- R.F.T. (Checks kidney function)
- You can reduce or maintain your weight to some extent by taking a brisk walk for 15- 30 minutes in the morning and evening.
- Short exercises and stretching can also be beneficial to stimulate muscles and maintain your growth rate.
You should take a balanced diet, including proper nutrition. Your diet should contain:
- Plenty of green leafy vegetables such as spinach, kale, and broccoli.
- Fruits like red apples, bananas, grapes, and citrus fruits to maintain your natural immunity.
Before taking any medicine, make sure to consult your doctor. Some supplements that can help include:
- Folic acid
- Liv.52 (a Himalayan product that is good for increasing the efficiency of the liver)