They May Work Miracles, but How Do You Handle the Side Effects?
Practical advice on how to live with steroids on a long-term basis. All the information that doctors do not have the time to fully explain.
Prednisolone is the wonder drug that is used to heal serious illnesses from asthma and rheumatoid arthritis to kidney disease, Crohn’s disease and organ transplantation. It is one of many corticosteroids that have transformed the lives of millions. Yet it can have many devastating side-effects, from weight gain and insomnia, depression and glaucoma, to mood swings and osteoporosis. It can even cause cosmetic changes in hair and skin. Despite this, corticosteroids can be the only treatment available for life-threatening diseases.
Coping with Prednisolone is an invaluable handbook for healthcare professionals, doctors, carers and, especially, the patient. Doctors often focus exclusively on curing or controlling illness while neglecting what is important to the patient: quality of life. Eugenia Zuckerman and Julie Ingelfinger give the patient as much knowledge as possible, including information on complementary therapies available to increase the patient’s quality of life.
Eugenia Zuckerman is an internationally renowned flutist who suffers from a rare lung disease, eosinophilic pneumonitis, and without prednisone she could die. She found that her doctor seemed unconcerned about the possible side-effects of the drug, effects that could entirely change the life she led. She turned for advice to her sister, Julie Ingelfinger, a doctor for almost 30 years and a Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. Together they have written a book for patients from the dual perspective of patient and doctor, that explains in accessible terms how to cope with steroid treatments.
“A highly useful, state-of-the-art, and engaging book to guide the many who must use long-term cortisone-related medicine. What a wonderful addition.”
Herbert Benson, author of ‘The Relaxation Response’
“So much information is dealt with in the book that anyone taking steroids, or contemplating being prescribed steroids should read this book, and keep it by their bed. For others there will be answers to the questions most doctors do not have the time to discuss… They will find reassurance, knowledge and guidance along the road ahead of them.”
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