Prednisone is a commonly prescribed corticosteroid (steroid, for short). These drugs have also been called "glucocorticoids" because of their effects on glucose metabolism: Increases in blood glucose are common among people taking prednisone and other steroids. Prednisone is a synthetic steroid that is used to treat a wide variety of inflammatory conditions, such as bursitis and arthritis in the joints. It's also prescribed for its immunosuppressive properties: for allergic reactions, acute flare-ups of asthma, autoimmune conditions, anti-rejection treatment after transplant surgery, and cancer chemotherapy, among many other uses.
Patients taking anticonvulsants such as phenobarbitone, phenytoin and carbamazepine together with their oral contraceptive steroid may suffer contraceptive failure because of the enzyme-inducing properties of these anticonvulsants. We have examined, in six women, the effect of sodium valproate, an effective broad spectrum anticonvulsant, on the area under the plasma concentration versus time profile (AUC) of ethinyloestradiol (EE2) and levonorgestrel (Ng). Prior to sodium valproate therapy the mean AUC for EE2 was 880 +/- 109 pg/ml X h (+/- .) and for levonorgestrel it was +/- ng/ml X h (n = 4). Between two and four months after sodium valproate therapy the mean AUC figures had not changed significantly, the figure for EE2 being 977 +/- 130 pg/ml X h and for levonorgestrel +/- ng/ml X h (p greater than or equal to in each case). We conclude that sodium valproate in the dose used (200 mg .) does not interact with oral contraceptive steroids.
It was decades later that the secret behind this spectacular success became known. The East German Sports Federation had, with the help of the Stasi, used Performance Enhancing Drugs or PEDs to ensure that their athletes gained international recognition by winning the Olympic events. This systematic plan had been initiated in 1974 as a means to guarantee international glory through the achievement of gold medals at the prestigious sporting event. Oral- Turinabol , a testosterone derivative was used extensively to improve muscle mass and cut down recovery time. This allowed the German athletes to train harder and longer than other world athletes.