Prednisone is a steroid medication that is used to reduce areas of inflammation and swelling. They belong to a class of medications called corticosteroids (steroids for short), which work like the body’s natural hormone, cortisol, which also reduces inflammation.
When the body is having an inflammatory reaction, and the body’s own hormones, such as cortisol, cannot control the reaction, a steroid like Prednisone may be prescribed. When areas of the body experience inflammation, the immune system may be overreacting, and steroids work to prevent this overreaction by preventing the body from releasing substances that are contributing to the overreaction (and, therefore, inflammation).
Because of this, Prednisone is often prescribed for autoimmune conditions, in which a person’s immune system overreacts and attacks the body. Some examples of autoimmune disorders include: lupus, arthritis disorders, allergy and breathing disorders (such as asthma or COPD), skin conditions and inflammatory bowel diseases such as ulcerative colitis. It can also be used in cancer patients whose blood calcium levels are too high.
Prednisone can be taken orally, to treat a condition system-wide, or it can be applied to a specific site with a cream or an injection.
Unfortunately, Prednisone can have some major side effects. Some of the most well-known side effects of this medication can include:
- Rapid weight gain;
- Blurry vision;
- Abnormal heart beat, high blood pressure;
- Withdrawal-related symptoms;
- Bone loss;
- Easy bruising;
- Mood swings;
- Muscle weakness; and
- Increased body hair growth.
Additionally, Prednisone can affect the responsiveness of the body’s immune system. This means that, while taking the medication, people may be more like to develop infections. Also, Prednisone has been known to cause serious long-term complications and disorders. Patients who take it may develop conditions such as degenerative disc disease. Also, since Prednisone can cause bone loss, it has been known to cause osteoporosis, glaucoma and diabetes.
Patients who take Prednisone for lengthier amounts of time can become dependent on it, and can experience withdrawal symptoms when stopping the medication. For these reasons, it is often recommended that it be stopped gradually, as opposed to all at once.
If you have experienced an injury or symptom which you believe is due to taking Prednisone, you may wish to take legal action to get compensation for your suffering. There are several different parties who may be held legally responsible for your injury as a result of Prednisone:
- The pharmaceutical company who manufactured the Prednisone: This is most likely when the medication itself was problematic. It is possible that there may be a product defect issue with the medication;
- Pharmacists and pharmacies: This is likely to be an issue when the pharmacy gave you the incorrect medication or dosage (even though your doctor wrote it correctly); and
- Doctors and any other medical personnel who may be responsible for medical malpractice in connection to your Prednisone injury: For example, the doctor may write your prescription incorrectly, misdiagnose you, or fail to note a reason why you should not be given Prednisone based on your health at the time.
There are cases where doctors, medical personnel, and physicians can be held liable for injuries from Prednisone side effects. For instance, if a patient tells their doctor of side effects, and the doctor fails to take action, they may be held liable.
As you can see, the complications arising from Prednisone side effects, regardless of the exact cause, can be very serious. Prednisone can produce not only serious side effects, but lifelong health conditions.
Because the injuries can be serious, they may result in the injured patient taking legal action. They would do so in order to seek money damages for their loss, which may include doctor visits, hospital stays, surgery costs,medication costs and other medical costs, as well as lost wages for any work they missed due to their injury.
Sometimes patients who have experienced Prednisone injury may file their lawsuit jointly, making it a class action lawsuit. They may do so if they have similar injuries and experiences related to Prednisone. This can reduce the burden on each of them, individually, since they can share the costs and burden of a lawsuit. There are some cases where a pharmaceutical company has put defective medications on the market, resulting in injury to a number of people.
These types of lawsuits may be complicated. If you have experienced a Prednisone injury, you should consider contacting a personal injury lawyer in your area. The attorney can listen to the facts of your case, give you advice, represent you in court, and generally protect your interests and help make sure that you are compensated for any Prednisone-related loss you have experienced.