The information provided here is meant to give you a general idea about each of the medications listed below. Only the most general side effects are included, so ask your doctor if you need to take any special precautions. Use each of these medications as recommended by your doctor, or according to the instructions provided. If you have further questions about usage or side effects, contact your doctor.
In severe cases of celiac disease, corticosteroids are used to help control intestinal inflammation.
Prednisone is given to control inflammation of the intestinal lining in severe cases of celiac disease. This medication can be given in tablet or liquid form. It is best taken at the same time (or times) each day. It should be taken with liquid or food to lessen stomach upset.
Possible side effects over the short-term include: Poor wound healingIndigestion, nausea, or vomitingDiarrheaHeadacheAppetite gain or lossWeight gain
Possible side effects of long-term use include: Slowing of growth in childrenAcneGlaucomaCataractsDiabetesThinning of the skinOsteoporosis
If you experience any of these side effects, contact your doctor. It is important to keep taking the medications until you talk to your doctor.
In addition, these drugs can cause more serious medical problems, including immunosuppression and
disease (if you are also taking nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs).
People with severe or long-standing celiac disease may need medically supervised replacement of vitamins and minerals until their intestines recover sufficiently to absorb these nutrients. Depending on each person’s specific deficiencies, doctors may prescribe the following types of supplements: Ferrous sulfate
(folate)CalciumStandard multivitamins, especially containing vitamins A, B-12, D, E, and K
If you are taking medications, follow these general guidelines: Take the medication as directed. Do not change the amount or the schedule. Ask what side effects could occur. Report them to your doctor.Talk to your doctor before you stop taking any prescription medication.Plan ahead for refills if you need them.Do not share your prescription medication with anyone.Medications can be dangerous when mixed. Talk to your doctor if you are taking more than one medication, including over-the-counter products and supplements.
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Last reviewed December 2015 by Daus Mahnke, MD
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