How can this nutrient deficiency impact me?
Magnesium is a nutrient important to the body's metabolism, energy production, and detoxification. It also is involved in the production of some hormones as well as healthy bones and teeth. Magnesium helps to control blood pressure and maintain heart health. Magnesium deficiency can increase the risk of stomach disorders, osteoporosis, high blood pressure, stroke, and heart attack. Magnesium is available in supplements such as Rexall™ Magnesium Citrate. Before starting any nutrient supplement, always talk with your Rexall™ Pharmacist.
Just as taking prednisone can cause side effects, reducing the dose may cause problems as well. Prednisone is not addicting like a narcotic, but many patients experience withdrawal symptoms as the dose is reduced. These often include muscle soreness, joint pain, fatigue, and depression. Know that these effects are also temporary and worth bearing to allow a cutback in your dose. If you experience any unusual symptoms as your prednisone dose is reduced, contact your doctor. It may be necessary to temporarily increase your steroid dose until you are feeling better and then taper the dose more slowly.