Prednisone Use

Evaluating Risk Factors: Prednisone Use

Evaluating your likely current (and near future) state of health means taking into account the risk factors — such as prednisone use — that affect you.   Our medical diagnosis tool, The Analyst™, identifies major risk factors by asking the right questions.

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If you indicate recent anti-inflammatory use, The Analyst™ will ask further questions including this one:
Have you used prednisone or a similar powerful anti-inflammatory?
Possible responses:
→ Never / don't know
→ Minor use in the past only
→ Significant use in the past only
→ Currently using for up to 6 months
→ Currently using for more than 6 months

The Diagnostic Process

Based on your response to this question, which may indicate either discontinued prednisone use or prednisone use, The Analyst™ will use differential diagnosis to consider possibilities such as:
Anorexia / Starvation Tendency

A side-effect of treatment with prednisone can include anorexia.


A side-effect of treatment with prednisone can be depression.

Diabetes Type II

A side-effect of treatment with prednisone can be high blood sugar levels.

Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)

A side-effect of treatment with prednisone can be hypertension.

Low Adrenal Function / Adrenal Insufficiency

Long-term use of prednisone can lead to adrenal suppression, possibly resulting in depression, euphoria, hypertension, nausea, anorexia, high blood sugar levels, or increased susceptibility to infection.

Weakened Immune System

A side-effect of treatment with prednisone can be an increased susceptibility to infection.  Prednisone must be used cautiously by HIV-positive individuals because this drug is immunosuppressive and can increase the risk of contracting opportunistic infections.

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