Pulmison is a prescription medication commonly used by patients in South Africa. It is not available in the United States, although its active ingredient, prednisone, is. As with any drug, some patients may have side effects from this medication.
What is Pulmison?
Pulmison is a prescription medication that belongs to a group of drugs called corticosteroids. These types of drugs prevent inflammation from occurring within the body by suppressing the immune system.
Pulmison contains the active ingredient prednisone. It is prescribed to patients with many types of conditions that stem from overreactions of the immune system. Lupus, psoriasis, allergies, colitis, arthritis and asthma are just some of the conditions for which Pulmison might be prescribed. Your doctor may prescribe this medicine for other reasons too.
What Are the Common Side Effects of Pulmison?
Side effects associated with Pulmison include insomnia, changes in mood, bruising, dry skin, acne, excessive sweating, bloating, abdominal discomfort, nausea, dizziness, headaches and changes in body fat storage (particularly in the limbs and breasts). These side effects are usually mild and don't cause patients to discontinue use of Pulmison.
What Are the Serious Side Effects of Pulmison?
More serious side effects associated with Pulmison are vision problems, shortness of breath, weight gain, seizures, unusual behavior and depression. If these side effects become bothersome, speak to your doctor to see what can be done about controlling them.
While taking Pulmison, if you experience extreme pain in your upper abdomen that radiates to the back, along with nausea or vomiting, get medical attention immediately. This is a sign of pancreatitis, a dangerous inflammation of the pancreas that can be life-threatening. Call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.
Confusion, rapid heartbeat, excessive thirst and urination, muscle weakness and discomfort of the legs could signify a potassium deficiency, which can be caused by Pulmison. Consult your doctor if you have these side effects while taking Pulmison.
Extreme high blood pressure, which has symptoms such as severe headaches, ringing in the ears, blurry vision, confusion, chest pain, seizures or shortness of breath, has also been reported with Pulmison use. If this happens to you, seek medical attention immediately.
If you have liver or kidney disease, a weakened immune system, thyroid disorder, histories of malaria or tuberculosis, cataracts, glaucoma, herpes (of the eye), stomach ulcers, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, muscle disorders or osteoporosis, talk to your physician before starting Pulmison. Your doctor can explain to you the risks versus the benefits of the medicine regarding your particular condition.
You should not breast-feed while taking Pulmison, as it can harm your baby. Pulmison should only be taken during pregnancy if it is absolutely necessary.
If you have difficulty breathing or swelling of the face, tongue or throat, head to the nearest emergency room or dial 911. These are symptoms of a severe allergic reaction to Pulmison and can be life-threatening if left untreated.
If your skin or the whites of your eyes become yellow while taking Pulmison, contact your doctor immediately as this is a sign that your liver is reacting negatively and is unable to metabolize the medicine. This is a condition called jaundice. It signifies that your liver is overwhelmed and can be fatal if left untreated.