Prednisone
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Prednisone Overview

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(PRED ni sone)

U.S. Brand Names

PredniSONE Intensol™; Sterapred® DS [DSC]; Sterapred® [DSC]

Canadian Brand Names

Apo-Prednisone®; Novo-Prednisone; Winpred™

Mexican Brand Names

Ednapron; Meticorten; Norapred; Prednidib

Pharmacologic Category

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 prednisone 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?

• Prednisone 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.

• A liquid (concentrate, 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.

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.

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 15:16:07.0

Modified: 2010-03-25 14:03:44.0

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