Tips and precautions 

There are several precautions to follow while taking prednisone:

  • Take prednisone with food to prevent stomach upset.
  • Consult a doctor before taking prednisone while pregnant or breastfeeding.
  • Speak with a doctor before receiving vaccinations while on prednisone.
  • Do not stop a dosage of prednisone unless a doctor advises it.
  • Ask a doctor about potassium or calcium supplements.
  • Eat healthful, well-balanced meals to maintain weight and control blood sugar.
  • Avoid stimulants, such as caffeine, because these can worsen insomnia, a side effect of prednisone.

Whether it is safe to drink alcohol while on prednisone depends on the dosage of the medication, the length of the course of treatment, how frequently a person uses alcohol, and other conditions the person may have. These conditions may include gastrointestinal inflammatory disorders, osteoporosis, osteopenia, and diabetes.

A person taking prednisone may want to avoid alcohol until they finish the treatment.

Alcohol can worsen some side effects of prednisone, such as immune system suppression, bone weakening, and weight gain. It is best to speak with a doctor to avoid serious complications.