What is Prednisolone?Prednisolone is a synthetic corticosteroid medicine. Prednisolone is used when your adrenal glands do not make enough hormones that help your body respond to stress or regulate your blood pressure and water and salt intake. Prednisolone can also be used for conditions affecting many different parts of your body, including your skin, stomach or intestines, blood, eyes, lungs, or glands. In addition, this medication can be used to treat severe allergies, arthritis, lupus, or certain cancers.
What is the most important information I should know about Prednisolone?Prednisolone can cause increased blood pressure, holding onto salt and water in your body, or decreased blood potassium levels. Your doctor will check your blood pressure and electrolyte levels (chemicals that are important for the cells in your body to function, such as sodium and potassium) while you are using prednisolone.
Prednisolone can mask some signs of infection, making it difficult for your doctor to diagnose it. Also, prednisolone can lower your resistance to infections and make them harder to treat. Tell your doctor if you develop fever or other signs of infection.
Do not expose yourself to chickenpox or measles while you are using prednisolone. This can be very serious and even fatal in children and adults who have not had chickenpox or measles. Also, prednisolone can reactivate an inactive case of tuberculosis (a bacterial infection that affects the lungs).
Cataracts (clouding of the eye's lens), glaucoma (high pressure in the eye), other eye problems, or eye infections can occur while you are using prednisolone.
Who should not take Prednisolone?Do not take prednisolone if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients, or if you have a fungal infection.
What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Prednisolone?Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with prednisolone. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have any infections, cataracts, glaucoma, certain eye infections, tuberculosis, heart problems, high blood pressure, kidney or liver disease, thyroid problems, psychiatric conditions, ulcerative colitis (inflammatory disease of the large intestine), other intestinal problems, stomach ulcers, osteoporosis (thin, weak bones), myasthenia gravis (a disease characterized by long-lasting fatigue and muscle weakness), diabetes, or stress (such as trauma, surgery, or severe illness).
What is the usual dosage?The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.
Adults and children: The doctor will prescribe the appropriate dose for you or your child based on your condition or response. Attempts to taper or discontinue the medication should be made at specific intervals, with the guidance of your doctor.
How should I take Prednisolone?Take prednisolone exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not take extra doses or take more often without asking your doctor. Take prednisolone syrup by mouth only.
Tell your doctor if you are anticipating stress (such as trauma, surgery, or severe illness). Your doctor may need to adjust your dose of prednisolone before, during, and after any stressful situation.
What should I avoid while taking Prednisolone?Do not miss your scheduled follow-up appointments with your doctor. It is important to check your progress.
Do not receive certain vaccines or other immunization procedures during treatment with prednisolone without first talking to your doctor.
Do not discontinue the use of prednisolone suddenly or without the guidance of your doctor.
What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Prednisolone?No significant interactions have been reported with prednisolone at this time. However, always tell your doctor about any medicines you take, including over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
What are the possible side effects of Prednisolone?Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.
Side effects may include: decrease in blood potassium levels, dizziness, eye problems, headache, high blood sugar levels, impaired wound healing, increase in blood pressure, intestinal or stomach problems, muscle weakness, osteoporosis, seizures, sweating, swelling
Can I receive Prednisolone if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?The effects of prednisolone during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Tell your doctor immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
What should I do if I miss a dose of Prednisolone?If you miss a dose of prednisolone, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and return to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take two doses at once.
How should I store Prednisolone?Store at room temperature. Do not refrigerate.