Maybe this is dumb question but what exactly do immunosuppressant drugs do to your immune system? If you get a cold or the flu from someone do you get sicker than you normally would? Is prednisone an immunosuppressant?
I agree with you as well! I don't like it when others come to work sick because I don't want to catch whatever they have.
In normal people terms (like mine), I believe what they do is knock your troops down a notch so your body is not attacking itself as hard as if you weren't taking it thus reducing inflammation and scarring.
I am told that you don't normally get "sicker" BUT you can get sicker quicker and it takes you a while longer to get over things than if you weren't taking them. Also because our systems are weaker, we are more apt to catch more diseases, viruses, etc than a person with a normally functioning immune system.
prednisone is not an immunosuppressant. It is in a class of medications called corticosteroids. It works to treat other conditions by reducing swelling etc and by changing the way the immune system works. As with other drugs it has side effects and some pretty nasty ones at that.
if you have any questions, you can either ask your doc or a pharmacist or even research it yourself by going to www.google.com. you will find pages of articles etc that talk about it. The sites I have found to be the most reputable usually have .gov at the end. There is also the crohn's and colitis foundation of america http://www.ccfa.org/info/treatment/corticosteroids
hope this helps
Post Edited (malakai) : 12/26/2007 11:26:42 PM (GMT-7)
I know how you feel - I stayed at work until the doctor called and told me to get to the emergency room! I feel like no one at work believes how sick I really am - I won't go to work without makeup and all, and I'm not going out looking sick just to make it believable to people too ignorant to click on a website and learn a little about the disease. Compassion? Anyway, I am your age, and have learned that you have got to take care of yourself because no one else is going to. Stay home when you can - your health comes first. Support is only a click away . . . .