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Sterapred is the brand name for the generic drug prednisone. It is also sold in other brand names like Meticorten and Deltasone. Prednisone is a class of steroids that is used in the treatment of many disorders. Sterapred is used in the treatment of allergies, skin conditions, arthritis, ulcer of the large intestine and also breathing disorders. Sterapred is available in strengths of 5 mg, 10 mg, 20 mg and 40 mg.
In the treatment of multiple sclerosis 200 mg per day for one week is recommended and thereafter 80 mg for one month should be taken. Alternate Day Therapy is found to be effective in some patients where they are given double the daily dose alternate days. There is not a fixed dosage for any treatment. The dosage will vary with the type of condition treated and the response of the patient for the given medication. Sudden withdrawal of Sterapred is not recommended. It has to be withdrawn gradually.
Patients who are allergic to Prednisone should not use Sterapred. Those who are affected with fungal infections should also not use this medication. There are also a host of other medications that interact with Sterapred and affect your seriously. Drugs like aspirin, diuretic, blood thinners, cyclosporine, insulin, ketoconazole, rifampin and pheytoin will interact with Sterapred. Hence it is better to reveal to your doctor any medications that you take for any other ailments. It is better to discuss them with your doctor before you take up Sterapred. Since Sterapred is a steroid, your immune system might get weakened which might pave the way for other infections. So monitor for any other infections that you acquire and consult your doctor for that too. It is advised not to take any vaccination while you are on Sterapred as it won't have any affect. Withdrawal symptoms are also found in some patients, which you should be aware of.
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