How it works
Prednisolone is a corticosteroid. It changes the response of the body towards inflammation.
Guidelines for Usage
Follow the dosage instructions provided by your doctor or as mentioned in the instruction booklet/product label. Always use only as prescribed. Never exceed the dosage.
You may have it with or without food.
Take care that you swallow the tablet whole without breaking, crushing or chewing it unless you have been advised accordingly.
It may be used with or without food.
Doctors recommend that you swallow the whole tablet/capsules with a glass of water unless it is specified that it can be broken or chewed.
NOTE: Use only if prescribed to you and intended for your use. Do not share with others.
It is common for people to forget their dosage times and miss doses.
Do not panic if you have missed a dose.
Instead, skip the missed dose and take your next dose at the scheduled time. Do not double up or take more than what the doctor has prescribed.
How and where do I store Prednisolone
The medicine label contains detailed instructions regarding safe storage of the medication. Most medicines are best stored at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). Some medications may require to be refrigerated. Please check the product label.
Keep it away from the reach of children. Ensure that it is not exposed to direct sunlight or moisture. Ask your pharmacist about safely disposing off medication that is past expiry date.
Safety Information/ Warning Precautions
Discuss your medical history with your healthcare provider before you start using any new medication.
Ensure that you mention the following:
• Any prior serious ailment, lifestyle disease or surgery
• All the prescription drugs, OTC health supplements, herbal supplements that you are using currently
• Your alcohol intake and whether you smoke or not
• Any history of a known allergic reaction to prescription drugs or food
To be avoided
You must avoid using Prednisolone if it you are allergic to any ingredient in it or
• If you have conditions like a systemic fungal infection, a certain type of malaria, inflammation of the optic nerve, or herpes infection of the eye;
• You are scheduled to have a live or attenuated live vaccination (eg, smallpox); you are taking mifepristone.
Prednisolone is known to cause drowsiness or dizziness. Your vision may be blurred and your judgement affected if you consume alcohol with this medication. So, avoid using alcohol while using Prednisolone.
These effects may also get aggravated due to hot weather or fever or severe exercise. So, be cautious when you stand up after a long time from a sitting or lying position. If you feel giddy then lie down immediately and seek medical help.
If you are scheduled for surgeries or lab tests then ensure that the technician knows that you are using Prednisolone.
Prednisolone may weaken your body’s immune system response. This makes you prone to infections. Avoid contact with people who have contagious infections like common cold and chicken pox.
Live vaccines like measles and mumps should be avoided while using Prednisolone.
If you have never had chickenpox, shingles, or measles, then you must be doubly careful and completely avoid contact with anyone who has these conditions.
Most doctors advice that certain laboratory tests be carried out periodically to check for the severity of side effects if any and to analyze your response to treatment. These tests include adrenal function assessment. Please ensure that you do not miss out on any laboratory tests.
Prednisolone is known to affect the blood sugar levels in diabetic patients. Hence, if you are a diabetic then you must constantly monitor your blood sugar levels.
Elderly people are more likely to experience side effects while using the drug. If the side effects are bothersome, then seek medical help.
Prednisolone must not be used in children as corticosteroids are known to affect the growth rate in children.
Information for Pregnant Women Prednisolone
The Drug is categorized under FDA pregnancy category C
Discuss with your healthcare provider about the potential risk that it may pose to your baby before using the drug. Some medications may be found in breast milk so speak to your child’s doctor to rule out any possibilities of risk.
Report the following side effects to your doctor only if they become bothersome or do not stop on their own
• Acne; clumsiness; dizziness; facial flushing; feeling of a whirling motion; general body discomfort; headache; increased appetite; increased sweating; nausea; nervousness; sleeplessness; upset stomach.
The following side effects require immediate medical attention. So report these to your doctor immediately
• Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); black, tarry stools; changes in body fat; changes in menstrual period; changes in skin color; chest pain; easy bruising or bleeding; infection (e.g., fever, chills, sore throat); mental or mood changes (e.g., depression); muscle pain, weakness, or wasting; seizures; severe nausea or vomiting; sudden severe dizziness or headache; swelling of feet or legs; tendon or bone pain; thinning of skin; unusual skin sensation; unusual weight gain; vision changes or other eye problems; vomit that looks like coffee grounds.