Prednisolone

Description

Prednisolone is a corticosteroid which is used to relieve inflammation in conditions like arthritis and allergic disorders. Use with caution in the patients with diabetes and other kidney diseases. Do not stop taking this medicine suddenly as it may cause confusion and headache.

Side effects

Major & minor side effects for Prednisolone

  • Aggression or anger
  • Blurred vision
  • Decreased urine output
  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Weight gain
  • Fast heartbeat
  • Increased appetite

Uses of Prednisolone

What is it prescribed for?

  • Gouty arthritis
  • Psoriasis
  • Nephrotic syndrome
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Asthma
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Concerns

Commonly asked questions

  • Onset of action
    The peak effect of this medicine is observed within 5 minutes after an intravenous dose and 1 hour after an oral dose.
  • Duration of effect
    The effect of this medicine lasts for a duration of 8 to 9 hours.
  • Safe with alcohol?
    Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.
  • Is it habit forming?
    No habit forming tendencies were reported.
  • Usage in pregnancy?
    This medicine is recommended for pregnant women only if clearly needed and if no other safer alternative is available.
  • Usage while breast-feeding?
    This medicine is known to excreted through breast milk in small amounts. Use this medicine only if clearly needed when no other safer alternative is available.

Allergy

Avoid if you have a known allergy to Prednisolone or any other glucocorticoids.

Systemic infections

Avoid if you have any fungal or eye infections.
Warnings for special population

Pregnancy

This medicine is recommended for pregnant women only if clearly needed and if no other safer alternative is available.

Breast-feeding

This medicine is known to excreted through breast milk in small amounts. Use this medicine only if clearly needed when no other safer alternative is available.
General warnings

Infections

Use with caution in the patients who are at risk of developing infections. The severity of infections will increase with an increase in the dose. This medicine is not recommended in the patients with systemic fungal infection.

Vaccination

Prednisolone may decrease the effect of live or attenuated vaccines. This medicine is not recommended in patients who are on vaccination.

Diabetes

Prednisolone may increase the blood glucose levels and worsen the symptoms of diabetes. Use with caution in the patients with diabetes and dose adjustments are to be made based on the clinical condition.

Gastrointestinal diseases

Prednisolone is used with caution as it may increase the risk of gastrointestinal disturbances like bleeding and abdominal distention.

Impaired kidney function

Prednisolone may increase the water level in the body. Use with caution in the patients with the kidney injury and heart diseases. Frequent monitoring of kidney function tests is necessary.

Impaired liver function

Prednisolone is used with caution in the patients with liver injury. The risk may increase if high-dose systemic corticosteroids are used. Frequent monitoring of liver function tests is necessary.

Decrease bone density

Prednisolone may decrease the bone density by decreasing the absorption of calcium. Use with caution in the postmenopausal women due to the risk of developing bone injuries.

Missed Dose

The missed dose can be taken as soon as you remember. However, the missed dose should be skipped if it is almost time for your next dose.

Overdose

Seek emergency medical treatment or contact the doctor in case of an overdose.
All drugs interact differently for person to person. You should check all the possible interactions with your doctor before starting any medicine.
Interaction with Alcohol

Description

Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.

Instructions

Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.
Interaction with Medicine

Ethinyl Estradiol

Azole antifungal agents

Antihypertensives

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs

Fluoroquinolone

Disease interactions

Gastro-intestinal bleeding

Prednisolone is used with caution in the patients with gastrointestinal diseases. The risk of bleeding is more when taken for a long duration of time. Dose adjustments are to be made based on the clinical condition.

Diabetes

Prednisolone is used with caution in the patients with diabetes as it increases the blood glucose levels. Regular monitoring of blood glucose levels is necessary. A suitable antidiabetic agent should be prescribed based on the clinical condition.
Food interactions
Information not available.
Lab interactions
Information not available.
You should carefully follow all instructions on the label. The duration and amount of medicine consumed should be as prescribed by the doctor. It can be taken with food or after food. An adequate amount of water should be consumed to minimize the irritation caused in the stomach.
Miscelleneous

Food timings: Information not available

Administration time: Information not available

Sleep inducing: Information not available

How it works
It works by binding to the receptors and inhibits the release of chemical substances that cause inflammation.
Legal Status

Approved

Approved

Approved

Approved

Classification

Category

Glucocorticoids

Schedule

Schedule H

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Information on this page was last updated on 20 Mar 2017

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