Prednisone, a real treatment for Bell's Palsy
A dehydrogenated analogue of cortisol used as an anti-inflammatory drug in the treatment of arthritis and as an immunosuppressant, also used for the treatment of Bell's Palsy.
Drug used for the treatment of Bell's Palsy
As we all know that Bell's Palsy is a disease in which the patient is unable to control facial nerves. it can also be termed as facial paralysis. it happens because of the facial nerve's dysfunctional state. Several conditions could be the cause of facial paralyzes. it could be brain tumor, stroke, and Lyme disease.
There are so many ways to treat this disease, depending on the cause of paralyzes. But almost in all cases, doctors prescribe a very good medicine, which is called as Prednisone. It is a corticosteroid that is effective as immunosuppressant and it has effect on all of the immune system. It has adverse effects as well. Usually it is taken orally. It is also delivered by intramuscular injection. It is prodrug, that is converted into prednisolone by the liver, which is the active drug and also a steroid.
Besides, it can be used in inflammatory diseases, idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura, nephrotic syndrome, Still's disease, uveitis, to prevent and treat rejection in organ transplantation, systemic lupus erythematosus, severe urushiol-induced contact dermatitis etc.
This medicine was synthesized for the first time in 1955 in the lab of Schering Corporation. This corporation later became Schering-Plough Corporation.
The side-effects include high blood glucose levels, particularly in patients who already have diabetes or are on other medicines that increase glucose level in the blood. Other short-term effects are insomnia, euphoria, truncal weight gain, osteoporosis, glaucoma, type II diabetes mellitus, and depression upon withdrawal.