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Coping with prednisone* : (*and other cortisone-related medicines) : it may work miracles, but how do you handle the side effects?
Zukerman, Eugenia.
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First St. Martin's Griffin edition.
Publication Information:
New York : St. Martin's Griffin, 1998.

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xvi, 208 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
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Approximately one million Americans per year take high doses of prednisone and related drugs (glucocorticoids) to treat serious illnesses and conditions ranging from asthma to rheumatoid arthritis to kidney disease to organ transplantation. Wile these medicines may have unpleasant, even devastating side effects, including gastrointestinal problems, intense mood swings, changes in hair and skin, and increased susceptibility to infection, they may also be the only treatment available for serious or life-threatening illnesses.

When the world-renowned flutist Eugenia Zuckerman was prescribed prednisone to combat a rare lung disease, she teamed up with her sister, Julie R. Ingelfinger, a well-known specialist in pediatric nephrology and hypertension at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, to write the first ever, comprehensive guide for patients undergoing this difficult treatment.

Packed with everything your doctor didn't have time to tell you, including recipes, exercises, and tips based on personal experience, Coping with Prednisone is an invaluable handbook for health-care workers, caregivers, and especially for patients themselves.

Author Notes

Eugenia Zukerman(left) is an internationally renowned flutist, the arts correspondent for CBS-TV News's "Sunday Morning," and the writer of many articles, two novels, and several screenplay. She lives in New York City.

Her sister,Julie R. Ingelfinger, M.D.(right), is chief of the Division of Pediatric Nephrology at Massachusetts General Hospital, directs her own research laboratory, and is an associate professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. Julie has written more than 130 articles, authored a book on pediatric hypertension, and is the editor of a textbook that comes out every other year, Current Pediatric Therapy. She lives in Boston.

Table of Contents

Foreword Coping with Prednisone: Who Needs This Bookp. xi
Introductionp. xiii
Terms Used in This Bookp. xvi
1 How Bloated Will I Be?p. 1
2 Aren't Wet Feet Petty at a Time Like This?p. 5
3 They've Kicked Inp. 9
4 Tell Me in Plain English, What Is This Stuff and Why Do I Need It?p. 13
5 Depression--Singing the Bluesp. 28
6 Diet Guidelines--Beating the Bloat and the Munchiesp. 43
7 Coping with Other Side Effectsp. 62
8 Special Situations: Glucocorticoid Treatment in the Very Young and the Very Oldp. 78
9 Changing Doctorsp. 88
10 Attitude: A Personal Attempt to Think Positivep. 98
11 Weathering Withdrawal: You Can't Stop Cold Turkeyp. 110
12 The Future: Life after Steroid Treatmentp. 120
13 Lessons Learned from a Tough Curep. 122
14 Recipes to Help You Beat the Bloatp. 130
15 Exercisesp. 158
16 Partnership for Health: A Reexamination of the Doctor-Patient Relationship and Prescribing Practicesp. 169
Steroids: Types, Potency, Brandsp. 175
Organizations That Can Helpp. 193
Selected References about Glucocorticoidsp. 198
Indexp. 201