A corticosteroid drug is defined as a drug that belongs to a class of chemicals – including steroidal hormones produced in the adrenal cortexes of vertebrates as well as synthetic equivalents of these hormones – that triggers different types of physiological responses and behaviors, which includes the immune and stress response as well as the regulation of inflammation, protein catabolism, carbohydrate metabolism, and the blood’s electrolyte levels.
An immunosuppressant on the other hand is that action of a drug that lowers the effectiveness of the immune system. It basically suppresses its action, whether accidentally or deliberately, and thus makes the body prone to the many different types of infections.
Prednisone is a drug that is both a corticosteroid drug and an immunosuppressant drug. Its corticosteroid properties allows the treatment of inflammations issues whereas its deliberate immunosuppressant properties provides medical surgeons the ability to perform organ transplants without the immune system attacking the foreign newly transplanted organ. Prednisone is a very useful drug as it helps treat issues like rheumatoid arthritis, allergic attacks, asthma, and other types of conditions that involve inflammations. It’s immunosuppressant properties at the same time enable doctors to successfully perform organ transplants on those in need of new organs. Continue reading