Prednisolone is used in the treatment of allergic disorders, skin conditions, ulcerative colitis, asthma, arthritis, psoriasis, or breathing disorders.
How it Works
Prednisolone is a steroid specifically known as a glucocorticosteroid. Prednisolone prevents the release of substances in the body that causes inflammation. Prednisolone also helps to increase the level of corticosteroids which are already present in the body and helps to treat various inflammatory conditions.
Common Side effects
Some of the potential side effects of Prednisolone include the symptoms below; Electrolyte imbalance, Muscle disorders, Increased blood pressure, Altered bone growth, Skin scar, Aggression, Agitation, Anxiety, Blurred vision, Decrease in the amount of urine, Dizziness, Increased glucose level in blood, Redistribution/accumulation of body fat, Bone degradation, Increased risk of infection, Cataract
Prednisolone is a man-made form of glucocorticoid, a derivative of cortisol. Cortisol is naturally produced by the adrenal gland. It is given to treat autoimmune and inflammatory diseases, especially in patients with liver failure who are unable to metabolize prednisolone into the active form. It is used to treat conditions such as arthritis, blood problems, immune system disorders, skin and eye conditions, breathing problems, cancer, and severe allergies.
It decreases the body’s immune response and thereby reduces the symptoms of allergy and inflammation such as pain, swelling, and allergic reactions. It is indicated in a wide range of disorders like:- Endocrine disorders like adrenocortical insufficiency, rheumatic disorders like arthritis or osteoarthritis, allergic conditions like systemic lupus erythematosus or asthma, dermatological disorders like pemphigus or Stevens Johnsons syndrome, or inflammatory conditions like dermatitis, rhinitis, conjunctivitis, anemia, etc.
Dosage and administration
The recommended drug dose is 5 to 60 mg, to be given in 1 to 4 divided doses throughout the day, depending on the condition being treated, the severity of the symptoms, age and weight of the patient, and the body response to the drug. It is advised to follow the doctor’s instructions while taking this drug. You may also be prescribed to take an alternate day therapy in which twice the daily drug dose is given on every alternate day. This decision is only made by the doctor depending on which regime is best suited for the medical condition. The initial dose of higher strength is given until a desired response is achieved. The dose is then gradually tapered to the lowest dose which produces a satisfactory response. If, however, the desired response is not achieved after a certain period of time, then it is advised that the patient should be shifted to an alternate therapy. It is advised to take this medication either with food or milk to prevent stomach upset. Use this medication regularly to get the maximum benefits.
Before taking the medicine, the patient is advised to consult the doctor if he or she has any allergy to any of the ingredients of the drug or to any other substances. The patient should also inform the doctor of his or her medical history, like cardiac, nervous, kidney, liver disorders, diabetes, blood pressure, etc.This drug may make it difficult for the body to face physical stress, therefore, in case of any surgery or major illness, inform the doctor about the use of this medication.This drug may cause stomach bleeding. Use appropriate therapy for this.It is advised not to take any vaccination or immunization during this drug regime.Use this medication during pregnancy only if it is clearly indicated by the doctor.
The following side effects may occur when using this medication-NauseaHeadachesDizzinessInsomnia (difficulty sleeping)Menstrual disturbancesHeartburnIncreased tiredness and sweatingRashesAcne