Prednisone is an oral corticosteroid. It can be used to treat many disorders which cause inflammatory responses within the body. These include endocrine and adrenal disorders, rheumatic disorders, arthritis, allergic reactions, collagen and dermatologic diseases, disorders of the eye, respiratory illness, gastrointestinal disorders, and neoplastic issues. Side effects include fluid retention and weight gain, muscle weakness, loss of muscle mass, ulcers, pancreatitis, latent diabetes mellitus, and other endocrine issues.

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