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    Prednisolone

    Information about Prednisolone

    Prednisolone uses

    Prednisolone is used in the treatment of severe allergic reactions, allergic conditions, asthma, rheumatic disorder, skin disorders, eye disorders and nephrotic syndrome.

    How prednisolone works

    Prednisolone is a steroid which works by blocking the production of certain chemical messengers in the body that cause inflammation (redness and swelling) and allergies.

    Common side effects of prednisolone

    Increased risk of infection, Weight gain, Mood changes, Behavioural changes, Skin thinning, Diabetes, Reduction in bone density, Stomach upset
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    Dr. Betina Chandolia
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    Last updated on:
    05 Mar 2019 | 10:52 AM (IST)
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    Expert advice for Prednisolone

    • Prednisolone helps treat inflammation, severe allergies, flare-ups of ongoing illnesses, and many other medical problems that require either reduction of inflammation or suppression of the immune system.
    • Do not use it more often or for longer than advised by your doctor.
    • Take it with food to avoid an upset stomach.
    • Prednisolone can make it harder for you to fight off infections. Notify your doctor if you have any signs of infection such as a fever or sore throat.
    • Side effects such as mood changes or stomach problems can happen when you start taking Prednisolone. Inform your doctor if this bothers you.
    • Do not stop taking Prednisolone suddenly without talking to your doctor first as it may worsen your symptoms.

    Frequently asked questions for Prednisolone

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    Q. Is Prednisolone an anti-inflammatory drug?

    Prednisolone belongs to the class of corticosteroids which has anti-inflammatory properties (suppresses the inflammation associated with many diseases, for example, arthritis). Hence, Prednisolone is used for the treatment of a number of inflammatory and auto-immune conditions.

    Q. How long can I take Prednisolone for?

    It is advisable to take Prednisolone for the duration prescribed by your doctor. Do not stop the treatment suddenly or take for a longer period than recommended by your doctor.

    Q. Does Prednisolone contain penicillin?

    Prednisolone does not contain penicillin. Prednisolone belongs to a group of medicines called steroids.

    Q. Does Prednisolone expire?

    Yes, Prednisolone does expire. All the medicines come with an expiry date mentioned on the pack. You must check the expiry date before using any medicine.

    Q. Is Prednisolone a pain-killer?

    Prednisolone is not a pain-killer. Prednisolone belongs to a group of medicines called steroids which are anti-inflammatory in nature and can help in the relief of pain associated with inflammation.

    Q. Is Prednisolone safe?

    Yes. Prednisolone is safe if used at prescribed doses for the prescribed duration as advised by the doctor.

    Q. Is Prednisolone an immunosuppressant?

    Prednisolone belongs to the class of corticosteroids and has immunosuppressant properties (suppresses the body’s immune system). Hence, Prednisolone is used for the treatment of a number of inflammatory and auto-immune conditions.

    Q. Is Prednisolone a glucocorticoid?

    Prednisolone is a glucocorticoid and belongs to a group of medicines called steroids (corticosteroids).

    Q. Can I take Prednisolone with antibiotics?

    Certain antibiotics may increase the metabolism of Prednisolone and hence decrease its effects. So, it may be necessary to adjust the dose of Prednisolone accordingly. Please consult your doctor before taking Prednisolone with antibiotics.

    Q. Can I take Prednisolone with paracetamol?

    Prednisolone can be taken with paracetamol. No drug-drug interactions have been clinically seen between the two. However, interactions may occur. Please consult your doctor before taking the two medicines together.

    Content on this page was last updated on 05 March, 2019, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)