Brand names - Deltasone, Liquid Pred, Meticorten, Orasone,
Prednicen-M, Prednisone Intensol, Sterapred, Decortisyl.
Also - Prednisolone (brand names: Articulose-50,
Delta-Cortef, Hydeltra-T.B.A., Hydeltrasol, Key-Pred, Nor-Pred T.B.A.,
Pediapred, Predaject-50, Predalone 50, Predate, Predcor, Predicort-50,
Medication type - Corticosteroid.
Common side effects - Increased appetite,
indigestion, nervousness, insomnia, greater susceptibility to infections,
increased blood pressure, slowed wound healing, weight gain, easy
bruising, fluid retention.
Rare side effects - Change in skin
color, dizziness, headache, increased sweating, unusual growth of
body or facial hair, increased blood sugar, peptic ulcers, adrenal
insufficiency, muscle weakness, cataracts, glaucoma, osteoporosis.
Serious side effects - Vision problems,
frequent urination, increased thirst, rectal bleeding, blistering
skin, confusion, hallucinations, paranoia, euphoria, depression,
mood swings, redness and swelling at injection site. Call your doctor
Dosage - For severe inflammation or
to suppress the immune system: 5 to 100 mg a day in divided doses.
Uses - To treat numerous conditions
that involve inflammation (a response by body tissues, producing
redness, warmth, swelling, and pain).
Other notes - Should be taken with
milk or food to reduce the chance of an upset stomach.With
long-term therapy, do not stop taking the drug abruptly; the dosage
should be decreased gradually. Alcohol may cause stomach problems;
avoid it unless your physician approves occasional moderate drinking.
Overuse during pregnancy can retard the childs growth and cause
other developmental problems. Do not use this drug while breast
feeding. This drug can lower resistance to infection. Avoid immunizations
with live vaccines. Patients undergoing long-term therapy should
wear a medical-alert bracelet. Call your doctor if you develop a
fever. Avoid excess sodium.