Hi. Many of the side-effects of steroids are predictable. All are related to the amount of steroid a patient takes in his daily dose, and the length of time the patient remains on the medication. However, with a low-dose steroid, the effects of prednisone to the bones (e.g. osteoporosis or avascular necrosis of the bone), immunity (e.g. increased susceptibility to infections, easy bruising), hormones (e.g. glucose intolerance) or fat (e.g. weight gain) may be gradual. That is why it is important to have a regular check-up with your doctor so proper monitoring can be given. Keep in mind that prednisone is also a life-saving drug, and your doctor should weigh the benefits of prednisone over harm. Hope this helps.
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