The Pharmaceutical Society of Ghana warns against the abuse of the drug prednisolone, popularly known as the ‘P’ for weight gain.
The company noted that the drug can lead to overweight and accompanying health risks, such as obesity and diabetes.
This was brought up at a health conference by the Pharmaceutical Society of Ghana, Ashanti Region in Kumasi.
The resource person, Dr. Joseph Attakorah, clinical pharmacist and lecturer at the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences of KNUST observes an abuse of the drug prednisolone, especially by nursing mothers.
Although he listed the drug’s use for treating conditions such as hypertension and inflammation, he pointed out that the drug was implicated in weight gain.
“The side effect of ‘P’ is sodium retention or water retention and these will increase weight leading to overweight or obesity.
“You should only take prescriptions from the doctor,” he said.
Dr. Attakorah also advised the public to patronize only FDA-approved weight loss teas.
“People should buy FDA-registered tea or go to the pharmacy for tea,” he said.
The 25the of each September is celebrated as World Pharmacists Day.
The running theme for this year is “Occupy Your Church and Mosque”.
As part of the activities to mark the day, the Ashanti Region Chapter of the Pharmaceutical Society of Ghana held its activities at the Living Waters Assemblies of God Church in Ayigya.
They organized a health screening exercise and educated church members about obesity and related health effects.
“Every pharmacist anywhere today is expected to give a presentation in your church, mosque or place of worship so that we educate the public on the relevance of the pharmacist in our community.
“Beyond today, we will have public health discourses on obesity and related health effects,” Ashanti Regional Branch President Dr. James Oppong Kyekyeku revealed.