Many people think that alcohol is safe, because it is legal. The truth is this substance is still a drug and it can be extremely dangerous. There are even more dangers when mixing prednisone and alcohol. This combination increases the chances of osteoporosis, gastrointestinal issues, weaker immune responses, and more.
When used appropriately, prednisone can produce benefits. However, when it is mixed with alcohol, the risks become very serious. When taking prednisone alone, for long-term, there are many risks and side effects. When drinking alongside the use of prednisone, the results could potentially be fatal. You can save your own life by getting into addiction treatment.
Prednisone: What is This Substance?
Prednisone is also known as Sterapred DS, Sterapred, or Prednisone Intensol. There are some other names and brands for this substance as well. This is a type of steroid or a corticosteroid. Prednisone comes in oral, liquid, or tablet forms. This substance is prescribed for fighting inflammation. It is also prescribed to treat swelling, redness, itching, and allergic reactions.
One other treatment for this substance is to suppress one’s immune system. That is beneficial in treating or managing conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis. Those who have low levels of steroids may be prescribed Prednisone as well. Doctors may also prescribe Prednisone for:
- Adrenal issues
- Bone marrow or blood conditions
- Endocrine issues
- Kidney issues
- MS (multiple sclerosis)
- Skin issue
- Symptoms caused by some cancers
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome or Ulcerative Colitis
While prednisone is given as a prescription, many people have abused it. Whether you have abused this drug on its own or mixed it with alcohol, treatment centers can help you to get clean and into recovery.
Both prednisone and alcohol may pose risks and side effects. Combining these can put even more stress on one’s body and could lead to major health issues. If you have become addicted, now is the best time to step into a detox center and start your life of recovery.
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Risks and Side Effects of Alcohol Addiction or Abuse
Abusing alcohol could mean binge drinking or different instances of heavy drinking. Abusing alcohol in any way is dangerous. However, doing so in higher levels, is extremely dangerous. There are many side effects that occur just after alcohol consumption including dizziness, blurry vision, speaking issue, balance issues, vomiting, and issues with walking.
There are dangers and risks of alcohol addiction and abuse as well including:
- Anxiety disorders
- Heart issues
- Depressive disorders
- Gastrointestinal issues.
- Increased blood pressure
- High risk of getting cancer
- Liver issues
- Higher risk of stroke
- Reduced immune system responses
Even one night of heavy drinking can cause severe heart issues. The more years someone drinks, the higher risk they have of developing severe health issues. If you want to avoid these health issues, you should get into a treatment center to start overcoming your addiction.
Risks and Side Effects When Using Prednisone
Prednisone can provide benefits if someone is using it as directed by a physician. However, if prednisone can cause side effects ranging in severity, including but not limited to:
- Bulging of the eyes
- Confused states.
- Depressive episodes
- Major mood swings
- Changes in personality
- Gastrointestinal issues
- Extreme tiredness
- Gaining weight
- Muscle spasms or weakness
- Losing sense of reality
- Breathing issues
- Swelling in feet, hands, arms, legs, or face
- Shaking uncontrollably
- Vision issues
When mixing prednisone with alcohol, these risks may be amplified. If you want to protect yourself from these issues, it is time to contact an addiction treatment center.
Mixing Alcohol with Prednisone: How Dangerous Does it Get?
Alcohol abuse and prednisone abuse increase the risk of developing some health issues. While not everyone experiences severe negative side effects with these substances, the chance increases the more they are used, especially when used together.
Mixing these two substances could lead to:
- Worsened depression
- Worsened illnesses
- Higher risk of diabetes
- Severe gastrointestinal issues
- Higher risk of osteoporosis
- Weakened immune system
If you have been abusing or become addicted to alcohol while you are taking prednisone, it is important to know the damage that could be done. Mixing any two substances could potentially be harmful. These two, in particular, can cause severe reactions.
Many who have abused prednisone or alcohol have increased depression. If someone gets depression from one of these substances, using the other in addition, may make it even worse. If someone has a chronic illness, this can be worsened by taking alcohol with prednisone as well. Prednisone can help in treating some health issues. However, when abusing alcohol while taking prednisone, complications in those illnesses or disorders can occur.
The longer prednisone and alcohol are abused, the higher the risk of diabetes. The longer someone abuses alcohol, the higher the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Drinking while taking prednisone can cause even worse blood sugar issues. In addition, taking these two substances together can raise the risk of internal bleeding. Indigestion and upset stomach can be worse when combining these substances as well. There is a higher risk of developing ulcers too. The risk of osteoporosis increases with chronic use of alcohol and prednisone too.
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Abusing Alcohol Can Cause Someone to Miss Prednisone Doses
Alcohol abuse or addiction can make it tougher to remember to take medications. If you are on prednisone and you don’t take all your doses, this could reduce the effectiveness of the medication. Even abusing alcohol occasionally can cause a missed dose. The more someone abuses alcohol, the more they may miss doses. If someone misses too many doses or stops taking prednisone suddenly, they may have severe reactions. At that time, the body could malfunction. Withdrawal symptoms might occur.
Some of those symptoms might be:
- Body pains and aches
- Extreme fatigue
- Pain in the joints
- Feeling lightheaded
- Getting nauseous
- Appetite issues
- Weakness in the body
- Severe mood swings
- Worsened self-worth
If you experience withdrawal symptoms, you should contact a detox facility immediately. The detox center can help you overcome the addiction. They can help you get clean from drugs and alcohol too.
Types of Treatment for Prednisone and Alcohol Addiction
If you have been abusing prednisone and alcohol, treatment is an option. In fact, millions of addicts have overcome the addiction because of the help the received at treatment centers. There are many types of treatment for prednisone and alcohol addictions. You can start by getting into a detox program.
Some of the benefits of attending a detox program include:
- Getting clean from drugs and alcohol
- Getting medical supervision while withdrawing from these substances
- Having support during the withdrawal process
- Having a safe and supportive transition into rehab
If you have not yet contacted a detox center, you should do that today.
You can also attend outpatient treatment. Outpatient treatment may not be the best for everyone who is addicted to prednisone and alcohol. However, sometimes this is the only option addicts have.
Some of the benefits of attending an outpatient addiction treatment center include:
- Support in the recovery process
- Reason to hold yourself accountable
- Group and/or individual therapy sessions
- Learning coping skills
- Possible 12 step programs
If you think that an outpatient program might be best for you, contact a professional rehab center today.
There is also inpatient treatment available for you as well. This is usually the best option for those who are abusing alcohol and prednisone. It can be difficult to overcome both these addictions.
Some of the benefits of attending an inpatient treatment center include:
- Constant supervision during the recovery process
- Daily support
- Help in overcoming any challenges that come your way
- Individual and/or group therapy
- Possible 12 step program sessions
- Intensive recovery program
- Learn about more recovery tools
- Daily recovery practice
These benefits could help you to overcome your addictions once and for all. If you haven’t contacted an inpatient rehab center yet, you may want to do so today.
When abusing alcohol and prednisone, there is an increased risk of hurting oneself or someone else. In high-quality addiction treatment centers, you can learn how to care for yourself better. You can learn positive coping techniques and find ways to heal as well. Upon leaving the rehab center, you can be better equipped to handle challenges that life throws your way. There are outpatient treatment options, but generally when abusing alcohol and prednisone, inpatient treatment programs are the better option.
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