Prednisolone is a corticosteroid used to treat breathing problems like asthma, some blood disorders, eye diseases, collagen diseases, cancer, intestinal problems, endocrine problems, skin conditions, swelling occurred as a result of certain conditions. It modifies the response of our immune system to different conditions thereby decreasing inflammation.
Avoid using Prednisolone if
- If you have a fungal infection, optic nerve inflammation, malaria, or herpes eye infection
- you are allergic to a specific ingredient present in Prednisolone
- you are using mifepristone
- you are going to have live vaccination
Some medical conditions can interact with Prednisolone. Speak to your doctor if you suffer from the following health ailments
- Have a history of heart attack, heart problems, kidney or liver problems, seizures, diabetes, underactive thyroid, fluid retention, adrenal gland problems, mood or mental problems or high BP.
- If your live viral vaccination or any other vaccination is scheduled
- if you are planning to become pregnant, if you are pregnant or you are a nursing mother
- if you are using any prescription/non prescription medicine, dietary supplement or herbal preparation
- If you are allergic to certain types of substances, food or medicines
- If you recently had or have a viral, bacterial or fungal infection, measles, chickenpox or shingles.
- If your bones are weak or have muscle problems.
- If you had taken a vaccination recently
Pregnancy/Breastfeeding and Prednisolone
If you get pregnant, speak to your health care provider. You should discuss the risks and benefits of taking Prednisolone during pregnancy.
Prednisolone is secreted in breast milk. If you are breastfeeding or planning to breastfeed your baby, talk to your doctor to know the possible benefits and risks to your baby.
Side effects of Prednisolone
- blurred vision
- weight gain
- trouble walking, speaking and thinking
- rattling and noisy breathing
- mood changes
- slow, fast, irregular or pounding pulse or heartbeat
Some medications that can interact with Prednisolone are as listed below. You can speak to your doctor if you are taking these medicines or any other medicine
- cyclosporine, Clarithromycin, estrogens, ketoconazole and oral contraceptives as they can increase the side effects caused by Prednisolone.
- Anticholinesterases, mifepristone, aspirin, ritodrine, methotrexate, quinolone antibiotics, diuretics or attenuated live/live vaccines as the risk caused due to the side of these medications can be increased by Prednisolone
- Barbiturates, ephedrine, carbamazepine, hydantoins or rifampin as they can reduce the efficacy of Prednisolone.
- Anticoagulants, hydantoins, inactivated or killed vaccines as their efficacy can be decreased by Prednisolone
Using Prednisolone the right way
Use Prednisolone exactly as prescribed by the doctor. You can also check the label to know about right dosing instructions. Take Prednisolone orally with food. In case you miss a dose of Prednisolone, take it as soon as you remember else if it is the time for you next dose, skip the missed dose. Do not take extra dose to make up for the missed dose.