It's not a blood thinner. Prednisone prevents the release of substances in the body that cause inflammation. It is a steroid medication. It can, however, weaken your immune system, but this is normal with all the RA medications.
NO IT ISN'T A BLOOD THINNER.IF IT WASN'T FOR PREDNISONE I WOULD BE IN CONSTANT PAIN AND MY HANDS AND FEET WOULD BE SWOLLEN ALL THE TIME.I KNOW IT HAS A LOT OF SIDE EFFECTS BUT WHAT CAN I DO.I DON'T HAVE A RHEUMATOLOGIST RIGHT NOW BUT SOON.
Try an alkaline diet, Lots of raw fruits and vegetables, avoid refined sugar and refined carbohydrates. Only fish and chicken in small quantities. Almonds are an alkaline food. Also raw honey. Green smoothies may really help you. Order the book "GREEN FOR LIFE" and you may reduce your pain by a huge amount, in a healthy way. Our bodies are supposed to be alkaline, but our diets are often very acid (sugars, red meat, lots of meat, etc.) Use whole grains, no white bread, rice, etc. You may be able to change your pain with effort. If it is worth it to you, try it.:)