Monitoring recommendations for GC treatment vary depending on the duration of treatment and dose intensity. Recommended baseline monitoring includes serum glucose, lipid profile, and bone mineral density. After treatment begins, blood pressure, weight gain, visual changes, shortness of breath, edema, and polydipsia (excessive thirst) also should be checked during each physician visit. Additionally, if chronic long-term treatment with steroids is used, bone mineral density should be monitored at least
Most physicians are trying to get away from prescribing prednisone for IBD and other inflammatory diseases. However, it's cheap and effective, and many physicians still prescribe it because of those reasons. There are more choices for medical treatment of IBD than ever before, and IBD experts recommend staying away from prednisone if at all possible. If not possible, prednisone should be used for the shortest amount of time possible. If you are prescribed this drug, the information in the articles below will be invaluable to you so that you can understand both the benefits and the drawbacks of prednisone.