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Most Commonly Used
Prednisone 1mg Tab
Roxane Laboratories Inc
Pill Identification: 54 092 
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Prednisone 5mg Tab
Actavis Inc. formerly Watson Pharmaceuticals Inc
Pill Identification: 5052  |  DAN DAN
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Prednisone 20mg Tab
Actavis Inc. formerly Watson Pharmaceuticals Inc
Pill Identification: DAN DAN  |  5443
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Prednisone 5mg Tab
Roxane Laboratories Inc
Pill Identification: 54 612 
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Prednisone 20mg Tab
Roxane Laboratories Inc
Pill Identification: 54 760 
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Common Side Effects of Prednisone
Tell your doctor about all your medical conditions before you start prednisone. Be sure to include if you have a fungal infection anywhere in your body. Prednisone can make it easier for you to get an infection. Tell your doctor if you've experienced an infection or illness over the past several weeks before you take prednisone.

A number of medicines can interact with prednisone. Before you start taking prednisone, give your doctor a complete and up-to-date list of all the medicines you take. Be sure to include over-the-counter medicines and herbal supplements. Talk to your doctor before you get any vaccinations while taking prednisone. Your doctor will tell you when the best time is to get your vaccinations when you are taking prednisone.

Taking prednisone for a long time may cause bone loss, known as osteoporosis. You are especially at risk if you smoke, do not exercise, do not get enough vitamin D or calcium in your diet, or have a family history of osteoporosis. Talk to your doctor about the risks of taking prednisone.

Seek immediate medical help if you have an allergic reaction to prednisone, including hives, difficulty breathing, or swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Contact your doctor immediately if you are taking prednisone and have serious side effects, including:
  • Color changes on skin, dark freckles, or bruising
  • Severe depression or unusual behaviors, feelings, or thoughts
  • Fast, slow, or uneven heartbeat
  • Fever, chills, cough, sore throat, and body aches
  • Headache, changes in vision, or eye pain and swelling
  • Muscle pain or weakness
  • Numbness, tingling, or burning pain in your arms, legs, hands, or feet
  • Rapid weight gain or swelling in your ankles, feet, or hands
  • Severe stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, or red or black stools
  • Trouble breathing, cold sweat, or bluish-colored skin
Some common side effects of prednisone may include:
  • Increased appetite
  • Fluid retention
  • Mood changes or trouble sleeping
  • Weight gain
You may want to talk to your doctor if these side effects continue or get worse.