Prednisolone belongs to a class of medicines called corticosteroids. Corticosteroids are hormones that are found naturally in your body that help to keep you healthy and well. Prednisolone can help reduce inflammation and reduce symptoms of swelling, redness, itchiness.
Prednisolone can also be used to treat conditions such as:
This medication may also be given as a replacement if the body does not produce enough corticosteroid hormones.
Common side effects include:
Inform the doctor if any of the above side effects lasts for more than a few days or if they become severe.
Other rare but serious effects that may occur include:
The symptoms of a drug allergy include one or more of the following:
If you experience any of these symptoms, you should see your healthcare professional immediately.
Inform your healthcare professional if:
You may get infections more easily while being treated with this medication. Avoid crowded places or being near people who are sick. Avoid close contact with people who have chicken pox, shingles or measles. See a doctor if you develop fever, sore throat or other signs of infection.
Avoid taking alcohol with this medication to reduce the chance of an upset stomach.
If your doctor has put you on a low salt diet, follow this dietary instruction strictly. This is usually to prevent excessive water retention.
If you forget to take a dose, take it as soon as you remember. Then take your next dose at the usual time. Do not take two doses to make up for the missed dose.
Pack this medication into a black trash bag and seal it tightly before throwing into the rubbish chute or bin.
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