Prednisolone is a hormonal drug belongs to the class of corticosteroids. It is mainly used for the treatment of arthritis, immune system problems, and blood related problems, various skin conditions and eye conditions, cancer, breathing problem, and allergic reactions. It helps to reduce the response of the immune system to various diseases that result in reducing symptoms like swelling, pain and allergic reaction. It’s a synthetic adrenal corticosteroid drug and have the anti-inflammatory property and used to help to prevent welling and redness. It also helps to reduce the irritation, burning, redness, swelling, irritation and inflammation.
How should prednisolone be used?
Read all the guidelines prudently mentioned on the leaflet prior to consuming the medicine. The dose and the procedure should be strictly as per the prescription only. It is available in the market in the various formulations like tablets, solution, syrup, liquid, suspension. The initial dose of prednisolone is 5mg and can be increased up to 60mg depending upon the patient condition. Take the medicine with a glass of water. It is advised to take the prednisone with food or milk to avoid the stomach disturbance.
In case of children- 5mg to 60mg per day and can be in single dose or multiple dose.
In case of children – 0.14mg to 2mg per kg per day three times a day.
What if you miss a dose?
In case you missed to take the recommended dose of prednisolone at the scheduled time, take it as soon as you remember but if the time is about to the next scheduled dose skip the missed dose and continue with the regular schedule.
What if you take too much dose?
If you are taking an overdose of prednisolone you may feel symptoms like thinning of hairs, change in body shape, easy bruising, increased pimple or acne, menstrual problem, increased facial hair, loss of interest in sex, impotence. In case of worsening symptoms of overdose contact for medical help.
Important information about the prednisolone
Prednisolone is not safe to be used in case of fungal infection and allergic from prednisolone and other ingredients of this medicine.
In case you have the past ,medical background of liver impairment, renal dysfunction, thyroid problem, herpes infection, diabetes, malaria, ulcerative colitis, tuberculosis, osteoporosis, stomach ulcers, glaucoma, mental illness, myasthenia gravis, congestive heart failure, cataract, hypertension; discuss it with your health provider prior initiating the treatment with prednisolone.
Steroids can affect the growth the unborn baby and new born child so avoid its use in case of pregnancy and breast feeding.
Avoid taking any live vaccine while having the treatment with prednisolone as they will not work completely and will not be able to provide full protection.
Limit the alcohol consumption along with the prednisolone.
List of drugs that may interact with the prednisolone are high dose of aspirin, diuretics, blood thinner, anti-diabetic drugs, cyclosporine, ketoconazole, Rifampin, anti-seizure medicine.
Possible adverse effects
Allergic effects- Problem in breathing, hives, itching, redness, rashes, swelling in throat, face, lips.
Severe side effects- Vision problem, sudden weight gain, shortening of breathing, depression, behavioural change, convulsions, blood in the cough, blood in the stool, nausea, abdominal pain, irregular heart rate, vomiting, mental confusion, increased urination, excessive thirst, muscular weakness, discomfort in leg, blurred vision, anxiety, chest discomfort.
Common side effects- insomnia, acne, mood swing, dry skin, discoloration, bruising, decreased immunity, slow wound healing, excessive sweating, dizziness, bloating, blister formation.
|Strength||Prednisolone Tablets 20mg|