Can I Take Prednisone when I am Pregnant?
Prednisone is a medication that is often prescribed for a variety of conditions, such as inflammatory bowel disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and hay fever. Prednisone is what is known as a corticosteroid drug. Prednisone resembles a steroid that is produced by the adrenal glands. Prednisone works to help regulate the body’s consumption of salt, as well as to reduce inflammation.
In terms of pregnant women, prednisone is classified as a “type C” drug. This means that prednisone has not been fully tested on pregnant women. If you are a pregnant woman and use prednisone, you will want to speak with your health care provider immediately. Prednisone is a medication that, typically, you will need to have a gradual reduction in the dosage of prednisone, and should not stop taking it immediately.
The risk of pregnant women who use prednisone comes particularly when they take the drug at high doses. Steroids like prednisone are known to cause birth defects if taken in high doses. Taking prednisone while pregnant may create an increased risk of having a low birthweight baby, or having a stillbirth. There is also some research that suggests that the baby can have its immune system suppressed, and that there may be problems of congenital cataracts for your baby as well. Still, the research is not conclusive, and it is especially not conclusive when it comes to the more typical lower doses of prednisone.
There are several other conditions that you should be aware of before using prednisone, whether you are pregnant or not. Prednisone may cause problems if you have tuberculosis, even if it is inactive. Prednisone may negatively impact herpes infections on the genitals, eyes, or lips. Prednisone is not recommended for people with severe depression or with high blood pressure, either.
There are several possible side effects of prednisone, for both pregnant women who use prednisone and for people who are not pregnant who use prednisone. These might include mood changes, hair growth, weight gin, acne, increased appetite, and difficulty sleeping. There may be other side effects of prednisone, as well.
You should always consult with your health care provider before using prednisone. Pregnant women should also consult with their health care provider before using prednisone, or any other prescription or over-the-counter medications.