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Common Prednisone Side Effects


The most commonly reported Prednisone side effects (click to view or check a box to report):

Dyspnoea (256)
Pyrexia (233)
Nausea (222)
Arthralgia (215)
Pain (210)
Diarrhoea (210)
Fatigue (196)
Headache (180)
Pneumonia (179)
Asthenia (174)
Pain In Extremity (159)
Vomiting (155)
Dizziness (151)
Oedema Peripheral (148)
Abdominal Pain (143)
Weight Increased (133)
Back Pain (128)
Anaemia (128)
Weight Decreased (124)
Condition Aggravated (117)

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If you or someone in your family has experienced a serious side effect to a health product, you are encouraged to report the experience to your health care professional (e.g. physician, pharmacist). You could also complete a copy of the side effect reporting form or report your side effect to FDA.

Prednisone Side Effects Reported to FDA



Prednisone Side Effect Report#9999954
Hepatitis, Listeriosis, Pyrexia
This is a report of a 36-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from CN, suffering from the following health symptoms/conditions: immunosuppression, who was treated with Prednisone (dosage: 40 Mg, Unk, start time: NS), combined with: NA. and developed a serious reaction and side effect(s): Hepatitis, Listeriosis, Pyrexia after the beginning of treatment. This case can indicate the possible existence of increased vulnerability to Prednisone treatment in female patients, resulting in Hepatitis side effect. The patient was hospitalized.
Prednisone Side Effect Report#9999341
Tachycardia, Weight Increased
This report suggests a potential Prednisone Tachycardia side effect(s) that can have serious consequences. A 47-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from US was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: asthma,multiple sclerosis and used Prednisone (dosage: NA) starting NS. After starting Prednisone the patient began experiencing various side effects, including: Tachycardia, Weight IncreasedAdditional drugs used concurrently:
  • Solu-medrol
Although Prednisone demonstrated significant improvements in a number of clinically relevant cases, troublesome symptoms, such as Tachycardia, may still occur.
Prednisone Side Effect Report#9998335
Listeriosis, Pyrexia, Abdominal Pain Upper, Epistaxis, Acute Hepatic Failure, Coma, Respiratory Failure, Hepatic Encephalopathy, Gastrointestinal Haemorrhage
This Listeriosis problem was reported by a health professional from CN. A 23-year-old female patient (weight: NA) was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: immunosuppression. On NS this consumer started treatment with Prednisone (dosage: 50-80 Mg, Unk). The following drugs were being taken at the same time: NA. When using Prednisone, the patient experienced the following unwanted symptoms/side effects: Listeriosis, Pyrexia, Abdominal Pain Upper, Epistaxis, Acute Hepatic Failure, Coma, Respiratory Failure, Hepatic Encephalopathy, Gastrointestinal HaemorrhageThe patient was hospitalized.Although all drugs are carefully tested before they are licensed for use, they carry side effect risks. Some side effects, such as Listeriosis, may become evident only after a product is in use by the general population.
Prednisone Side Effect Report#9998333
Listeriosis, Pyrexia, Dizziness, Dysphagia, Cyanosis, Coma, Brain Stem Stroke, Meningitis
This Brain Death side effect was reported by a health professional from CN. A 47-year-old female patient (weight:NA) experienced the following symptoms/conditions: immunosuppression.The patient was prescribed Prednisone (drug dosage: 40 Mg, Per Day), which was initiated on NS. Concurrently used drugs: NA..After starting to take Prednisone the consumer reported adverse symptoms, such as: Listeriosis, Pyrexia, Dizziness, Dysphagia, Cyanosis, Coma, Brain Stem Stroke, MeningitisThese side effects may potentially be related to Prednisone. The patient was hospitalized.
Prednisone Side Effect Report#9998332
Listeriosis, Pyrexia, Fatigue, Oedema, Jaundice, Multi-organ Failure, Pneumonia, Bacterial Sepsis
This is a report of a 56-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from CN, suffering from the following health symptoms/conditions: immunosuppression, who was treated with Prednisone (dosage: 30-40 Mg, Unk, start time: NS), combined with:
  • Cyclophosphamide
and developed a serious reaction and side effect(s): Listeriosis, Pyrexia, Fatigue, Oedema, Jaundice, Multi-organ Failure, Pneumonia, Bacterial Sepsis after the beginning of treatment. This case can indicate the possible existence of increased vulnerability to Prednisone treatment in female patients, resulting in Listeriosis side effect. The patient was hospitalized.
Prednisone Side Effect Report#9998169
Premature Labour, Abortion Late, Listeriosis, Abdominal Pain Lower, Amniotic Cavity Infection, Maternal Exposure During Pregnancy
This report suggests a potential Prednisone Premature Labour side effect(s) that can have serious consequences. A 30-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from CN was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: NA and used Prednisone (dosage: NA) starting NS. After starting Prednisone the patient began experiencing various side effects, including: Premature Labour, Abortion Late, Listeriosis, Abdominal Pain Lower, Amniotic Cavity Infection, Maternal Exposure During PregnancyAdditional drugs used concurrently: NA.The patient was hospitalized. Although Prednisone demonstrated significant improvements in a number of clinically relevant cases, troublesome symptoms, such as Premature Labour, may still occur.
Prednisone Side Effect Report#9998168
Listeriosis, Premature Baby, Low Birth Weight Baby, Pulmonary Haemorrhage, Neonatal Respiratory Distress Syndrome, Neonatal Asphyxia, Sclerema, Foetal Exposure During Pregnancy
This Listeriosis problem was reported by a health professional from CN. A male patient (weight: NA) was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: NA. On NS this consumer started treatment with Prednisone (dosage: NA). The following drugs were being taken at the same time: NA. When using Prednisone, the patient experienced the following unwanted symptoms/side effects: Listeriosis, Premature Baby, Low Birth Weight Baby, Pulmonary Haemorrhage, Neonatal Respiratory Distress Syndrome, Neonatal Asphyxia, Sclerema, Foetal Exposure During PregnancyThe patient was hospitalized.Although all drugs are carefully tested before they are licensed for use, they carry side effect risks. Some side effects, such as Listeriosis, may become evident only after a product is in use by the general population.
Prednisone Side Effect Report#9997952
Leukocytosis, Neutrophilia, Blood Immunoglobulin G Decreased, Eosinophilia
This Leukocytosis side effect was reported by a health professional from Country Not Specified. A 32-year-old male patient (weight:NA) experienced the following symptoms/conditions: erythema annulare.The patient was prescribed Prednisone (drug dosage: 80 Mg), which was initiated on NS. Concurrently used drugs: NA..After starting to take Prednisone the consumer reported adverse symptoms, such as: Leukocytosis, Neutrophilia, Blood Immunoglobulin G Decreased, EosinophiliaThese side effects may potentially be related to Prednisone.
Prednisone Side Effect Report#9994878
Hiccups, Tendonitis
This is a report of a 52-year-old male patient (weight: NA) from US, suffering from the following health symptoms/conditions: NA, who was treated with Prednisone (dosage: 40mg Day 1+2 20 Day 3+4 10day5, start time:
Feb 19, 2014), combined with: NA. and developed a serious reaction and side effect(s): Hiccups, Tendonitis after the beginning of treatment. This case can indicate the possible existence of increased vulnerability to Prednisone treatment in male patients, resulting in Hiccups side effect.
Prednisone Side Effect Report#9993671
Premature Delivery, Maternal Exposure During Pregnancy
This report suggests a potential Prednisone Premature Delivery side effect(s) that can have serious consequences. A 31-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from US was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: polyarteritis nodosa and used Prednisone (dosage: 7.5 Mg At Delivery) starting NS. After starting Prednisone the patient began experiencing various side effects, including: Premature Delivery, Maternal Exposure During PregnancyAdditional drugs used concurrently:
  • Azathioprine (50 Mg, Unk)
  • Rituximab
  • Cyclophosphamide
Although Prednisone demonstrated significant improvements in a number of clinically relevant cases, troublesome symptoms, such as Premature Delivery, may still occur.
Prednisone Side Effect Report#9982403
Gastrointestinal Haemorrhage, Haemoglobin Decreased
This Gastrointestinal Haemorrhage problem was reported by a pharmacist from US. A 83-year-old male patient (weight: NA) was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: gout,coronary arterial stent insertion. On
Jan 21, 2005 this consumer started treatment with Prednisone (dosage: NA). The following drugs were being taken at the same time:
  • Clopidogrel
When using Prednisone, the patient experienced the following unwanted symptoms/side effects: Gastrointestinal Haemorrhage, Haemoglobin DecreasedThe patient was hospitalized.Although all drugs are carefully tested before they are licensed for use, they carry side effect risks. Some side effects, such as Gastrointestinal Haemorrhage, may become evident only after a product is in use by the general population.
Prednisone Side Effect Report#9972280
Fracture Nonunion, Resorption Bone Increased, Injury, Neck Pain, Fracture Displacement
This Fracture Nonunion side effect was reported by a health professional from CA. A 70-year-old female patient (weight:NA) experienced the following symptoms/conditions: sle arthritis.The patient was prescribed Prednisone (drug dosage: NA), which was initiated on NS. Concurrently used drugs:
  • Calcium
  • Vitamin D
  • Calcitonin Nasal Spray
.After starting to take Prednisone the consumer reported adverse symptoms, such as: Fracture Nonunion, Resorption Bone Increased, Injury, Neck Pain, Fracture DisplacementThese side effects may potentially be related to Prednisone.
Prednisone Side Effect Report#9969896
Fracture Nonunion, Resorption Bone Increased, Injury, Neck Pain, Fracture Displacement
This is a report of a 70-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from CA, suffering from the following health symptoms/conditions: sle arthritis, who was treated with Prednisone Tablets (dosage: NA, start time: NS), combined with:
  • Calcium
  • Vitamin D
  • Calcitonin Nasal Spray
and developed a serious reaction and side effect(s): Fracture Nonunion, Resorption Bone Increased, Injury, Neck Pain, Fracture Displacement after the beginning of treatment. This case can indicate the possible existence of increased vulnerability to Prednisone Tablets treatment in female patients, resulting in Fracture Nonunion side effect.
Prednisone Side Effect Report#9962313
Hyperglycaemia, Insomnia, Weight Increased, Vertigo
This report suggests a potential Prednisone Hyperglycaemia side effect(s) that can have serious consequences. A 59-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from US was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: interstitial lung disease and used Prednisone (dosage: 40 Mg) starting
Dec 27, 2013. After starting Prednisone the patient began experiencing various side effects, including: Hyperglycaemia, Insomnia, Weight Increased, VertigoAdditional drugs used concurrently: NA. Although Prednisone demonstrated significant improvements in a number of clinically relevant cases, troublesome symptoms, such as Hyperglycaemia, may still occur.
Prednisone Side Effect Report#9926155
Sepsis, Cellulitis
This Sepsis problem was reported by a health professional from US. A 82-year-old male patient (weight: NA) was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: chronic lymphocytic leukaemia. On
Sep 11, 2013 this consumer started treatment with Prednisone (dosage: 20 Mg). The following drugs were being taken at the same time:
  • Procarbazine (50 Mg)
  • Etoposide (50 Mg)
When using Prednisone, the patient experienced the following unwanted symptoms/side effects: Sepsis, CellulitisThe patient was hospitalized.Although all drugs are carefully tested before they are licensed for use, they carry side effect risks. Some side effects, such as Sepsis, may become evident only after a product is in use by the general population.
Prednisone Side Effect Report#9925227
Acute Pulmonary Oedema
This Acute Pulmonary Oedema side effect was reported by a health professional from US. A 60-year-old female patient (weight:NA) experienced the following symptoms/conditions: NA.The patient was prescribed Prednisone (drug dosage: NA), which was initiated on
Jun 25, 2013. Concurrently used drugs:
  • Isovue 370
  • Epipen
  • Albuterol
.After starting to take Prednisone the consumer reported adverse symptoms, such as: Acute Pulmonary OedemaThese side effects may potentially be related to Prednisone.
Prednisone Side Effect Report#9924769
Dyspepsia
This is a report of a 76-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from US, suffering from the following health symptoms/conditions: NA, who was treated with Prednisone (dosage: NA, start time: NS), combined with: NA. and developed a serious reaction and side effect(s): Dyspepsia after the beginning of treatment. This case can indicate the possible existence of increased vulnerability to Prednisone treatment in female patients, resulting in Dyspepsia side effect.
Prednisone Side Effect Report#9924430
Brain Abscess, Nocardiosis, Heart Transplant Rejection, Pneumonia
This report suggests a potential Prednisone Brain Abscess side effect(s) that can have serious consequences. A 37-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from Country Not Specified was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: heart transplant and used Prednisone (dosage: 10 Mg) starting NS. After starting Prednisone the patient began experiencing various side effects, including: Brain Abscess, Nocardiosis, Heart Transplant Rejection, PneumoniaAdditional drugs used concurrently:
  • Mycophenolate Mofetil (500 Mg)
  • Cyclosporine (300 Mg)
  • Trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole
The patient was hospitalized. Although Prednisone demonstrated significant improvements in a number of clinically relevant cases, troublesome symptoms, such as Brain Abscess, may still occur.
Prednisone Side Effect Report#9922488
Dyspnoea, Dizziness, Nausea, Chest Discomfort, Heart Rate Irregular
This Dyspnoea problem was reported by a consumer or non-health professional from US. A 34-year-old female patient (weight: NA) was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: intervertebral disc protrusion. On
Feb 21, 2014 this consumer started treatment with Prednisone 20 Mg Qualitest (dosage: 2 Pills Once Daily). The following drugs were being taken at the same time: NA. When using Prednisone 20 Mg Qualitest, the patient experienced the following unwanted symptoms/side effects: Dyspnoea, Dizziness, Nausea, Chest Discomfort, Heart Rate IrregularAlthough all drugs are carefully tested before they are licensed for use, they carry side effect risks. Some side effects, such as Dyspnoea, may become evident only after a product is in use by the general population.
Prednisone Side Effect Report#9921776
Heart Rate Increased, Atrial Fibrillation
This Heart Rate Increased side effect was reported by a consumer or non-health professional from US. A 67-year-old male patient (weight:NA) experienced the following symptoms/conditions: influenza,pneumonia.The patient was prescribed Prednisone 20 Mg Qualitest (drug dosage: NA), which was initiated on
Dec 19, 2012. Concurrently used drugs: NA..After starting to take Prednisone 20 Mg Qualitest the consumer reported adverse symptoms, such as: Heart Rate Increased, Atrial FibrillationThese side effects may potentially be related to Prednisone 20 Mg Qualitest. The patient was hospitalized.
Prednisone Side Effect Report#9921193
Ventricular Tachycardia
This is a report of a 63-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from US, suffering from the following health symptoms/conditions: loss of consciousness, who was treated with Prednisone (dosage: 2 Tabs A Day Mouth, start time:
Apr 07, 2013), combined with: NA. and developed a serious reaction and side effect(s): Ventricular Tachycardia after the beginning of treatment. This case can indicate the possible existence of increased vulnerability to Prednisone treatment in female patients, resulting in Ventricular Tachycardia side effect.
Prednisone Side Effect Report#9918168
Vision Blurred, Lacrimation Increased, Intraocular Pressure Test, Headache, Dizziness, Weight Increased
This report suggests a potential Prednisone Vision Blurred side effect(s) that can have serious consequences. A 64-year-old male patient (weight: NA) from US was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: rash and used Prednisone (dosage: NA) starting 2012. After starting Prednisone the patient began experiencing various side effects, including: Vision Blurred, Lacrimation Increased, Intraocular Pressure Test, Headache, Dizziness, Weight IncreasedAdditional drugs used concurrently:
  • Triamcinolone
Although Prednisone demonstrated significant improvements in a number of clinically relevant cases, troublesome symptoms, such as Vision Blurred, may still occur.
Prednisone Side Effect Report#9917262
Dizziness Postural, Orthostatic Hypotension, Ocular Hyperaemia, Sleep Disorder, Social Avoidant Behaviour, Contusion, Muscle Spasms, Melaena, Weight Increased
This Dizziness Postural problem was reported by a consumer or non-health professional from US. A 62-year-old female patient (weight: NA) was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. On
Apr 13, 2011 this consumer started treatment with Prednisone (dosage: 80 Mg). The following drugs were being taken at the same time:
  • Acetylcysteine
When using Prednisone, the patient experienced the following unwanted symptoms/side effects: Dizziness Postural, Orthostatic Hypotension, Ocular Hyperaemia, Sleep Disorder, Social Avoidant Behaviour, Contusion, Muscle Spasms, Melaena, Weight IncreasedThe patient was hospitalized.Although all drugs are carefully tested before they are licensed for use, they carry side effect risks. Some side effects, such as Dizziness Postural, may become evident only after a product is in use by the general population.
Prednisone Side Effect Report#9914345
Inflammatory Myofibroblastic Tumour
This Inflammatory Myofibroblastic Tumour side effect was reported by a physician from IT. A male patient (weight:NA) experienced the following symptoms/conditions: dyspnoea.The patient was prescribed Prednisone (drug dosage: 1 Mg/kg;), which was initiated on NS. Concurrently used drugs:
  • Albuterol
.After starting to take Prednisone the consumer reported adverse symptoms, such as: Inflammatory Myofibroblastic TumourThese side effects may potentially be related to Prednisone.
Prednisone Side Effect Report#9913164
Road Traffic Accident, Rib Fracture, Lower Limb Fracture, Hip Fracture, Craniocerebral Injury, Traumatic Lung Injury, Pneumothorax
This is a report of a male patient (weight: NA) from US, suffering from the following health symptoms/conditions: chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, who was treated with Prednisone (dosage: 1 Pill Evening, start time: 1979), combined with: NA. and developed a serious reaction and side effect(s): Road Traffic Accident, Rib Fracture, Lower Limb Fracture, Hip Fracture, Craniocerebral Injury, Traumatic Lung Injury, Pneumothorax after the beginning of treatment. This case can indicate the possible existence of increased vulnerability to Prednisone treatment in male patients, resulting in Road Traffic Accident side effect. The patient was hospitalized and became disabled.


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The appearance of Prednisone on this list does not mean that FDA has concluded that the drug has the listed risk. It means that FDA has identified a potential safety issue, but it does not mean that FDA has found a causal relationship between the drug and the listed risk.

What are common Prednisone Side Effects for Women?

Women Side EffectsReports
Pain 161
Arthralgia 158
Nausea 150
Dyspnoea 145
Headache 137
Fatigue 115
Diarrhoea 113
Pyrexia 112
Pain In Extremity 109
Vomiting 104

What are common Prednisone Side Effects for Men?

Men Side EffectsReports
Pyrexia 118
Dyspnoea 109
Diarrhoea 94
Pneumonia 87
Fatigue 79
Abdominal Pain 74
Asthenia 74
Nausea 72
Anaemia 68
Sepsis 65

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    Prednisone Safety Alerts, Active Ingredients, Usage Information

    NDC0054-0017
    TypeHUMAN PRESCRIPTION DRUG
    Proprietary NamePredniSONE
    NamePredniSONE
    Dosage FormTABLET
    RouteORAL
    On market since20030213
    LabelerRoxane Laboratories, Inc.
    Active Ingredient(s)PREDNISONE
    Strength(s)10
    Unit(s)mg/1
    Pharma Class

    Prednisone Dosage, Warnings, Usage.

    Side Effects reported to FDA: 5926

    Prednisone safety alerts: 2001

    Reported deaths: 534

    Reported hospitalizations: 1879

    Deltasone (prednisone)

    Audience: Pharmacists and other health professionals

    Pharmacia Corporation announced a recall in the United States of its 500 count bottles of DELTASONE Tablets (prednisone tablets, USP), 10 mg, Lot number 29DRB. The recall is based on one report from a pharmacist that a bottle labeled as DELTASONE Tablets, 10 mg, actually contained DELTASONE Tablets, 5 mg. While this may have been the only mislabeled bottle, other mislabeled bottles may have been distributed. No other lots or countries are affected by this recall.

    [June 20, 2001 - Press Release - Pharmacia Corp.]

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