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In today’s culture of looking for immediate results and answers to medical problems, doctors often turn to prednisone, a synthetic form of the hormone cortisol prescribed to relieve a vast array of inflammatory and allergic conditions. While there is a place for prednisone, the drug is being overprescribed at an alarming rate, putting patients at risk for dangerous side effects while rarely solving the underlying problem. In this edition of the Bottom Line Advocator, Bottom Line CEO Sarah Hiner and Dr. David Sherer shine a light on this frightening trend that no one seems to be talking about. Listen in as Dr. Sherer shares what you need to know about how prednisone is not only overprescribed, but misused and misunderstood. In addition, Sarah and Dr. Sherer share their own personal stories about taking prednisone—stories that will change your trust in one of the most commonly prescribed drugs in the US. The next time your doctor suggests that you start taking prednisone, ask these questions recommended by Dr. Sherer. All of that explored, and more, in this edition of the Bottom Line Advocator.

For more with Dr. Sherer, click here for his video interviews, or purchase his memoir, The House of Black and White: My Life with and Search for Louise Johnson Morris.