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View in Spanish: Prednisona

Prednisone (PRED-nih-sone)
A drug that lessens inflammation and suppresses immune responses. It may also kill leukemia and lymphoma cells. Prednisone is used to treat many conditions, including arthritis, certain skin diseases, allergies, low levels of some adrenal hormones, and anemia (a low level of red blood cells). It is also used to treat the symptoms of several types of leukemia and lymphoma. Prednisone is a type of therapeutic glucocorticoid.

Source: National Cancer Institute Dictionary of Cancer Terms, available at www.cancer.gov/dictionary.