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PREDNISOLONE (pred NISS oh lone) is a corticosteroid. It is commonly used to treat inflammation of the skin, joints, lungs, and other organs. Common conditions treated include asthma, allergies, and arthritis. It is also used for other conditions, such as blood disorders and diseases of the adrenal glands.
Take this medicine by mouth. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Leave the tablet in the sealed blister pack until you are ready to take it. With dry hands, open the blister and gently remove the tablet. If the tablet breaks or crumbles, throw it away and take a new tablet out of the blister pack. Place the tablet in the mouth and allow it to dissolve, and then swallow. While you may take these tablets with water, it is not necessary to do so. Take it with food or milk to avoid stomach upset. Take your medicine at regular intervals. If you are taking this medicine once a day, take it in the morning. Do not take more medicine than you are told to take. Do not suddenly stop taking your medicine because you may develop a severe reaction. Your doctor will tell you how much medicine to take. If your doctor wants you to stop the medicine, the dose may be slowly lowered over time to avoid any side effects.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.
Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
changes in emotions or moods
changes in vision
signs and symptoms of high blood sugar such as dizziness; dry mouth; dry skin; fruity breath; nausea; stomach pain; increased hunger or thirst; increased urination
signs and symptoms of infection like fever or chills; cough; sore throat; pain or trouble passing urine
slow growth in children (if used for longer periods of time)
swelling of ankles, feet
unusually weak or tired
weak bones (if used for longer periods of time)
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
skin problems, acne, thin and shiny skin
Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:
This medicine may also interact with the following medications:
aspirin and aspirin-like medicines
certain medicines for diabetes, like glipizide or glyburide
female hormones, like estrogens and birth control pills
NSAIDS, medicines for pain and inflammation, like ibuprofen or naproxen
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.
Keep out of the reach of children.
Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). Protect from moisture. Keep this medicine in the original container. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
heart problems or disease
high blood pressure
infection such as herpes, measles, tuberculosis, or chickenpox
stomach ulcer or intestine disease including colitis and diverticulitis
an unusual or allergic reaction to lactose, prednisolone, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
pregnant or trying to get pregnant
Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular checks on your progress. If you are taking this medicine over a prolonged period, carry an identification card with your name and address, the type and dose of your medicine, and your doctor's name and address.
This medicine may increase your risk of getting an infection. Tell your doctor or health care professional if you are around anyone with measles or chickenpox, or if you develop sores or blisters that do not heal properly.
If you are going to have surgery, tell your doctor or health care professional that you have taken this medicine within the last twelve months.
Ask your doctor or health care professional about your diet. You may need to lower the amount of salt you eat.
This medicine may affect blood sugar levels. If you have diabetes, check with your doctor or health care professional before you change your diet or the dose of your diabetic medicine.