Warnings and Precautions
This medication could cause diabetes to worsen and high blood sugar levels. Patients on this medication, especially those with diabetes, who experience increased thirst, confusion, flushing, fruity breath odor, increased urination, drowsiness, rapid breathing, or any other signs of high blood sugar levels should notify their doctor immediately. If symptoms are particularly severe, they should seek immediate medical attention. Diabetes patients must be meticulous about monitoring their blood sugar levels.
Adrenal gland activity can decrease with this medication Patients expecting to have surgery or dental work must notify the health care provider performing it to help prevent complications. Once a patient stops using this drug, they may need to use a corticosteroid during times of stress, such as major surgery, trauma, or serious infection. Adrenal problems can cause unusual weakness, nausea, dizziness, and rapid weight loss.
As we age, our kidney begin to lose function. Since the kidneys are responsible for removing this drug from the body, the elderly can be more prone to side effects, as can those with kidney disorders.
Pregnant women absolutely cannot use this medication because it can harm an unborn child. Pregnancy must also be avoided when taking this drug. This drug may cause a nursing infant undesirable side effects because it may pass into breast milk, so breastfeeding should not be done when taking this drug.