prednisone

noun
pred·​ni·​sone | \ ˈpred-nə-ˌsōn also -ˌzōn How to pronounce prednisone (audio) \

Definition of prednisone

: a glucocorticoid C21H26O5 that is a dehydrogenated analog of cortisone and is used as an anti-inflammatory agent, as an antineoplastic agent, and as an immunosuppressant

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The patients went home with prescriptions for prednisone, an anti-inflammatory drug. oregonlive, "Oil in lungs while vaping marijuana confirmed as cause for some e-cigarette illnesses," 6 Sep. 2019 The Miracle of Steroids Quan gave the patient a shot of a steroid and started him on prednisone, and almost immediately the pain receded. Lisa Sanders, New York Times, "What Was the Cause of the Excruciating Pain in His Shoulders and Hips?," 5 June 2019 Corticosteroids like prednisone may also be used to help control symptoms in the short-term. Korin Miller, SELF, "Claire Foy on What It Was Like to Have 'Extremely Painful' Juvenile Arthritis," 9 Jan. 2019 While the mechanisms of the disease aren’t well understood, symptoms can be managed using steroids, usually prednisone. Lisa Sanders, New York Times, "What Was the Cause of the Excruciating Pain in His Shoulders and Hips?," 5 June 2019 Much of the medical community considers the steroid prednisone, which can cost less than $3, to be equally effective, if not better, for many of the conditions. Wayne Drash, CNN, "Mallinckrodt paid 'kickbacks' to keep drug price high, and stuck taxpayers with bill, DOJ lawsuit says," 5 June 2019 That may mean taking medications such as antimalarial drugs or prednisone or other corticosteroids to combat inflammation, the Mayo Clinic explains. Korin Miller, SELF, "Model Robyn Lawley Shares Photos of Her Scars After Having a Seizure and Falling Down Stairs," 16 Aug. 2018 According to The Johns Hopkins Lupus Center, prednisone is the steroid most commonly prescribed, which was the treatment Park was on for the first year after being diagnosed. Amy Capetta, Good Housekeeping, "Bosch's Linda Park on What It's Really Like to Live With Lupus," 31 July 2017 My doctor then put me on two more weeks of 60 mg prednisone, and a gradual taper for the next three weeks. Jenna Birch, Health.com, "I Woke Up With Eye Bags So Swollen I Could Barely See—and Doctors Had No Idea Why," 9 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of prednisone

1955, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for prednisone

probably from pregnane (C21H36) + diene (compound containing two double bonds) + cortisone

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prednisone

noun
pred·​ni·​sone | \ ˈpred-nə-ˌsōn also -ˌzōn\

Medical Definition of prednisone

: a glucocorticoid C21H26O5 that is a dehydrogenated analog of cortisone and is used as an anti-inflammatory agent, as an antineoplastic agent, and as an immunosuppressant

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