Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A synthetic steroid, C21H26O5, similar to cortisone that is used as an antiallergic and immunosuppressive drug and as an anti-inflammatory agent in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis.

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  • n. A synthetic corticosteroid used to treat a large number of conditions.

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  • n. a dehydrogenated analogue of cortisol (trade names Orasone or Deltasone or Liquid Pred or Meticorten); used as an anti-inflammatory drug in the treatment of arthritis and as an immunosuppressant

Etymologies

pre(gnane), a derivative of cholesterol + d(i-)1 + -(e)n(e) + (cort)isone.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Mycophenolate mofetil (brand name: CELLCEPT), used in combination with Prograf and prednisone, is taken morning and night, with 12 hours between each dose, at the same times every day.

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  • Patients taking long-term prednisone often receive supplements of calcium and vitamin D to counteract the effects on bones.

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  • If a man does have antisperm antibodies, low doses of steroids such as prednisone, which is commonly used to treat severe allergies, asthma, and autoimmune diseases such as lupus, can overcome them.

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  • We ` re talking about sex hormones, basically, to distinguish between prednisone, which is a pure medical use, and steroids like these, which are essentially sex hormones.

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  • However, in rare instances in which patients have intolerable symptoms such as itching due to cholestatic hepatitis, I sometimes prescribe a short course of steroid treatment with a drug called prednisone.

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  • Sometimes, even for mild autoimmune hepatitis, physicians prescribe a short course of a moderate dose of a corticosteroid drug called prednisone.

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  • In addition to alcohol and viral hepatitis B and C, other causes of fatty liver include severe protein malnutrition or starvation, or the opposite problem—obesity; diabetes; and treatment with certain medications, including a corticosteroid drug called prednisone.

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  • Jevtana was approved for use in combination with the steroid prednisone, which is often used in cancer treatment.

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  • I was prescribed an immune suppressant and prednisone, which is considered by many doctors to be the standard treatment for the symptoms of Bullous Pemphigus.

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