Management of adrenocortical insufficiency; chronic use in other situations is limited because of mineralocorticoid activity
In pharmacologic doses, suppresses inflammation and the normal immune response.
depression, euphoria,hypertension. PEPTIC ULCERATION, anorexia, nausea, acne, ↓ wound healing, ecchymoses, fragility, hirsutism, petechiae. adrenal suppression, THROMBOEMBOLISM, muscle wasting, osteoporosis, HYPERSENSITIVITY REACTIONS INCLUDING ANAPHYLAXIS, cushingoid appearance (moon face, buffalo hump),
Stopping the medication suddenly may result in adrenal insufficiency (anorexia, nausea, weakness, fatigue, dyspnea, hypotension, hypoglycemia). If these signs appear, notify health care professional immediately. This can be life-threatening. Review side effects with patient. Instruct patient to inform health care professional promptly if severe abdominal pain or tarry stools occur. Patient should also report unusual swelling, weight gain, tiredness, bone pain, bruising, nonhealing sores, visual disturbances, or behavior changes.