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What is it? Overview Usage Side Effects and Warnings

Prednisolone Overview

Written by FoundHealth.

(pred NISS oh lone)

U.S. Brand Names

Econopred® Plus [DSC]; Millipred™; Omnipred™; Orapred ODT®; Orapred®; Pediapred®; Pred Forte®; Pred Mild®; Prelone®; Veripred™ 20

Canadian Brand Names

Diopred®; Hydeltra T.B.A.®; Inflamase® Mild; Novo-Prednisolone; Ophtho-Tate®; Pediapred®; Pred Forte®; Pred Mild®; Sab-Prenase

Mexican Brand Names

Fisopred; Meticortelone; Pred Un; Pred-NF; Prednefrin SF; Sophipren Ofteno

Pharmacologic Category

Corticosteroid, Ophthalmic; Corticosteroid, Systemic

What key warnings should I know about before taking this medicine?

• This medicine does not mix well with many medicines. Serious reactions may occur. Check all medicines with healthcare provider.

Reasons not to take this medicine

• If you have an allergy to prednisolone or any other part of this medicine.

• Tell healthcare provider if you are allergic to any medicine. Make sure to tell about the allergy and how it affected you. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other symptoms involved.

• If you have a severe infection.

How does it work?

• Prednisolone replaces an important chemical produced in the body.

• It blocks the allergic reaction by minimizing or preventing the body's reaction to the allergen.

• It prevents or reduces irritation and swelling.

• It decreases the body's harmful response to diseases affecting the immune system.

How is it best taken?


• Take this medicine in the morning if taking once a day.

• Take this medicine with food to prevent stomach upset.

Oral-disintegrating tablet (Orapred ODT™):Place on tongue and let dissolve. Water is not needed. Do not swallow whole. Do not chew, break, or crush.

• A liquid (syrup) is available if you cannot swallow pills.

• Those who have feeding tubes can also use the liquid. Flush the feeding tube before and after medicine is given.

• Take calcium and vitamin D as recommended by healthcare provider.


• For the eye only.

• Wash hands before and after use.

• Shake suspension well before use.

• Take out contact lenses before using medicine. Lenses can be replaced 15 minutes after medicine is given. Do not put contacts back in if eyes are irritated or infected.

• Do not touch the container tip to the eye, lid, or other skin.

• Tilt head back and drop medicine into eye.

• After using medicine, keep your eyes closed. Apply pressure to the inside corner of the eye. Do this for 3-5 minutes. This keeps the medicine in your eye.

• Separate each eye medicine by 5 minutes.

What do I do if I miss a dose? (does not apply to patients in the hospital)

• Take a missed dose as soon as possible.

• If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your regular schedule.

• Do not take a double dose or extra doses.

• Do not change dose or stop medicine. Talk with healthcare provider.

What should I monitor?

• Change in condition being treated. Is it better, worse, or about the same?

• Check blood sugar as directed by healthcare provider.

How should I store this medicine?


• Store at room temperature.

• Protect tablets from moisture. Do not store in a bathroom or kitchen.


• Store eye solution and suspension at room temperature. Do not freeze.

General statements

• If you have a life-threatening allergy, wear allergy identification at all times.

• Do not share your medicine with others and do not take anyone else's medicine.

• Keep all medicine out of the reach of children and pets.

• Most medicines can be thrown away in household trash after mixing with coffee grounds or kitty litter and sealing in a plastic bag.

• Keep a list of all your medicines (prescription, natural products, supplements, vitamins, over-the-counter) with you. Give this list to healthcare provider (doctor, nurse, nurse practitioner, pharmacist, physician assistant).

• Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or in Canada to Health Canada's Canada Vigilance Program at 1-866-234-2345.

• Talk with healthcare provider before starting any new medicine, including over-the-counter, natural products, or vitamins.

Created: 2006-10-13 15:15:19.0

Modified: 2010-03-25 14:03:57.0

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