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Can prednisone be used after someone has a stroke?

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• Q: My wife had a mild stroke last night, she has problems on the left side of her face, her face dropped, and she slurs her words when she is talking. She went to the doctor's office and he prescribed prednisone 5mg. Please, could you tell me if this is the right medication for her? • A: Prednisone is in a class of drugs called corticosteroids. Prednisone prevents the release of substances in the body that cause inflammation. Prednisone is used to treat many different conditions such as allergic disorders, arthritis, skin conditions, ulcerative colitis, lupus, psoriasis, and breathing disorders. According to the FDA approved drug information, prednisone is not indicated for the treatment or prevention of stroke. A stroke occurs when the blood supply to the brain is interrupted depriving brain of oxygen. When a stroke occurs, brain cells begin to die within minutes. The use of drugs like cocaine and amphetamines, birth control pills, estrogen replacement therapy, and binge drinking ... more
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