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    Prednisolone

    Information about Prednisolone

    Prednisolone uses

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

    How prednisolone works

    Prednisolone belongs to a group of medicines called as glucocorticosteroids. Prednisolone increases the level of corticosteroids which are already present in the body and helps to treat various inflammatory conditions. It has anti-inflammatory, metabolic, immune, and hormonal effects on the body.
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    Common side effects of prednisolone

    Electrolyte imbalance, Redistribution/accumulation of body fat, Bone degradation, Increased risk of infection, Muscle disorders, Increased blood pressure, Altered bone growth, Skin scar, Behavioural changes, Increased glucose level in blood, Cataract

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    Expert advice for Prednisolone

    • Do not take the medicine if you are allergic to it or to any other content in the medicine.Inform your doctor: If you have heart, kidney or liver disease, mental disorders or depression, mania or bi-polar disorder, If you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant or breast-feeding a baby.
    • Do not drive or operate heavy machinery if you experience low level of alertness after taking prednisolone. The drug  can weaken your immune system, making it easier for you to get an infection or worsening an infection you already have or have recently had. Avoid being near people who are sick or have infections.
    • Do not receive a "live" vaccine while using prednisolone.
    • Do not stop using prednisolone suddenly, or you could have unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. Do not keep the eye drops in freezer.
    • Do not stop using prednisolone eye drops suddenly after long-term use without first talking to your doctor.
    • Do not allow the dropper tip to touch any surface, including the eyes or hands. If the dropper becomes contaminated it could cause an infection in your eye, which can lead to vision loss or serious damage to the eye.

    Frequently asked questions for Prednisolone

    Prednisolone

    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.
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    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. How long can I take Prednisolone for?
    The prescribed duration of steroids varies depending on the condition for which they are used. Don’t start or stop taking this medicine without talking to your doctor, you may need to reduce the dose gradually. Please take Prednisolone or any other steroid for a duration which is prescribed by your doctor.
    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 12 September, 2017, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)