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Before taking prednisone, talk to your healthcare provider about the following:

Prednisone is used to treat many different diseases like:

Prednisone is a prescription drug. This means your healthcare provider has given it to you as part of a treatment plan. Prednisone is part of a group of drugs called corticosteroids (often called “steroids”). Other steroid drugs include prednisolone, hydrocortisone, and methylprednisolone. Prednisone can be given in different ways, including pill, injection, and inhaled. It is usually given as a pill when used after a kidney transplant, or for certain kidney disorders.

Can prednisone worsen other health conditions?

Prednisone can also help avoid organ rejection after a kidney transplant, because of its ability to lower your immune system’s response to the new kidney. The body recognizes a transplanted organ as a foreign mass. This triggers a response by the body’s immune system to attack it.

Steroid drugs, such as prednisone, work by lowering the activity of the immune system. The immune system is your body’s defense system. Steroids work by slowing your body’s response to disease or injury. Prednisone can help lower certain immune-related symptoms, including inflammation and swelling.

People taking prednisone can also experience higher blood sugar, which is a special concern for those with diabetes. Because prednisone suppresses the body’s immune system, it can also increase the risk of infection. Therefore, some precautions need to be taken.

However, prednisone also has possible side effects. These may include:

Because the d and t sounds in used to are blended into a single consonant in speech, people sometimes get confused about the spelling of the phrase. It may be that many people in fact say use to rather than used to, but since the pronunciations are essentially identical, it makes no difference. (The same occurrence happens in the pronunciation of supposed to.) In writing, however, use to in place of used to is an error.

Most people don’t know that I’m afraid of public speaking. I used to try to avoid it, but finally, it has taught me that when we’re in the same space with all our senses, we empathize with each other in a way that could never occur on the page or screen.
—Gloria Steinem, quoted in O, The Oprah Magazine, 1 Nov. 2015 I used to make fun of the audience, and little by little, it became more and more a part of my performance.
—Don Rickles, quoted in The New York Magazine, 11 Jan. 2016

One of my mother’s most shameful ever moments came when the local primary school headmistress made a formal complaint that my mother’s treasured eldest son had arrived for lessons “smelling of alcohol”. And yes, I did used to sneak the odd gulp of flat bitter or a decaying Pinot Grigio.”
—Piers Morgan,, 26 Dec. 2010

Used To: Usage

While in American English “did used to” is considered an error, such usage appears to have won some measure of acceptance in British English:

But this sense of use now occurs only in the past tense with to in the phrase used to:

The problem becomes a little trickier in constructions with did. The form considered correct following did, at least in American English, is use to. Just as we say “Did he want to?” instead of “Did he wanted to?,” so we say “Did he use to?” instead of “Did he used to?” Here again, only in writing does the difference become an issue.

The English then using to let grow on their upper-lip large Mustachio’s.
—John Milton, The History of Britain, 1670

Dexamethasone may cause an upset stomach. Take dexamethasone with food or milk.

If your sputum (the matter you cough up during an asthma attack) thickens or changes color from clear white to yellow, green, or gray, call your doctor; these changes may be signs of an infection.

Before taking dexamethasone,

This drug makes you more susceptible to illnesses. If you are exposed to chicken pox, measles, or tuberculosis (TB) while taking dexamethasone, call your doctor. Do not have a vaccination, other immunization, or any skin test while you are taking dexamethasone unless your doctor tells you that you may.

It is important to keep all medication out of sight and reach of children as many containers (such as weekly pill minders and those for eye drops, creams, patches, and inhalers) are not child-resistant and young children can open them easily. To protect young children from poisoning, always lock safety caps and immediately place the medication in a safe location – one that is up and away and out of their sight and reach.

In case of overdose, call the poison control helpline at 1-800-222-1222. Information is also available online at If the victim has collapsed, had a seizure, has trouble breathing, or can’t be awakened, immediately call emergency services at 911.