Prednisolone (By mouth)
Treats many diseases and conditions, especially problems related to inflammation. Also treats flare-ups of ongoing illnesses, such as colitis, multiple sclerosis, or arthritis. This medicine is a corticosteroid.
Uses of This Medicine
Prednisolone provides relief for inflamed areas of the body. It is used to treat a number of different conditions, such as inflammation (swelling), severe allergies, adrenal problems, arthritis, asthma, blood or bone marrow problems, eye or vision problems, lupus, skin conditions, kidney problems, ulcerative colitis, and flare-ups of multiple sclerosis. Prednisolone is a corticosteroid (cortisone-like medicine or steroid). It works on the immune system to help relieve swelling, redness, itching, and allergic reactions.
This medicine is available only with your doctor’s prescription.
Other uses (PubMed Health)
How To Use
Liquid, Tablet, Dissolving Tablet
Take your medicine as directed. Your dose may need to be changed several times to find what works best for you.
Make sure your hands are dry before you handle the disintegrating tablet. Peel back the foil from the blister pack, then remove the tablet. Do not push the tablet through the foil. Place the tablet in your mouth. After it has melted, swallow or take a drink of water. Do not break the tablet, and do not use a tablet that is broken.
It is best to take this medicine with food or milk.
Measure the oral liquid medicine with a marked measuring spoon, oral syringe, or medicine cup.
Missed dose:Every day schedule: Take a dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then and take a regular dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up for a missed dose. Every other day schedule: If you remember in the morning of the regularly scheduled day, take the missed dose that same morning. If you remember the missed dose later in the day, skip the missed dose and take your dose the next morning. Then go back to your regular schedule on the following day. Do not use extra medicine to make up for a missed dose.
Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light. Do not freeze the oral liquid.
Drugs and Foods to Avoid
Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
Some medicines and foods can affect how prednisolone works. Tell your doctor if you use any of the following:Aminoglutethimide, amphotericin B, carbamazepine, cholestyramine, cyclosporine, digoxin, isoniazid, ketoconazole, phenobarbital, phenytoin, or rifampin Blood thinner, such as warfarin NSAID pain or arthritis medicine, such as aspirin, diclofenac, ibuprofen, naproxen, celecoxib Diuretic (water pill) Diabetes medicine Macrolide antibiotic, such as azithromycin, clarithromycin, erythromycin Estrogen, including birth control pills or hormone replacement therapy
When Not To Use
This medicine is not right for everyone. Do not use it if you had an allergic reaction to prednisolone or if you are pregnant.
It is not safe to take this medicine during pregnancy. It could harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor right away if you become pregnant.
Tell your doctor if you are breastfeeding or if you have kidney problems, liver disease, heart failure, high blood pressure, a recent heart attack, diabetes, glaucoma, osteoporosis, or thyroid problems. Tell your doctor about any infection you have. Also tell your doctor if you have had mental or emotional problems (such as depression) or stomach or bowel problems (such as an ulcer or diverticulitis).
This medicine may cause the following problems:Mood or behavior changes Higher blood pressure, retaining water, changes in salt or potassium levels in your body Cataracts or glaucoma (with long-term use) Weak bones or osteoporosis (with long-term use) Slow growth in children (with long-term use) Muscle problems (with high doses, especially if you have myasthenia gravis or similar nerve and muscle problems)
Do not stop using this medicine suddenly. Your doctor will need to slowly decrease your dose before you stop it completely.
This medicine could cause you to get infections more easily. Tell your doctor right away if you are exposed to chicken pox, measles, or other serious infection. Tell your doctor if you had a serious infection in the past, such as tuberculosis or herpes.
Your doctor will check your progress and the effects of this medicine at regular visits. Keep all appointments.
Tell any doctor or dentist who treats you that you are using this medicine. This medicine may affect certain medical test results.
Keep all medicine out of the reach of children. Never share your medicine with anyone.
Every other day schedule: You might have some mild symptoms of your illness on the day you do not take the medicine (the “off” day). If this is a problem for you, tell your doctor.
Possible side effects
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Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:
Depression, trouble sleeping, unusual thoughts, feelings, or behaviors
Muscle pain or weakness
Rapid weight gain, swelling in your hands, ankles, or feet
Severe stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, or red or black stools
Skin changes or growths
Trouble seeing, eye pain, headache
If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
Increased appetite, weight gain
Round, puffy face
If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor.
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
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Brand names include
Bubbli-Pred, Cotolone, Flo-Pred, Millipred, Millipred DP, Orapred, Orapred ODT, Pediapred, Pms-Prednisolone, Prelone, Veripred 20
There may be other brand names for this medicine.