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What is prednisolone?

Prednisolone (pred NIS oh lone)

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Prednisolone is a type of steroid that’s used to treat a variety of conditions, including autoimmune disorders, inflammatory problems and even some types of cancer.

It's part of the corticosteroid class of steroid hormones and is a synthetic substance designed to copy the properties of hormones produced by the human adrenal gland.

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How is Prednisolone taken?

Prednisolone is taken orally, either in tablet or liquid form and is recommended to be taken alongside food, so that you can avoid any stomach upsets.

If you’re taking the liquid form, you’ll be given directions on the exact dosage and you should pay careful attention to both your doctor’s advice and the instructions - since there can be many variations in strength from brand to brand.

Since prednisolone can be used to treat such a wide variety of conditions, there’s no ‘average’ dose and your course of medication will depend on the type and severity of condition you’re experiencing.

Whether you’re feeling better or don’t think the medication is working - you shouldn’t suddenly stop taking prednisolone, since this can cause a range of side effects or withdrawal symptoms.

If you’ve missed a dose, don’t try and play ‘catch up’ by doubling up with your next one. Simply take your missed dose as soon as you remember, or leave it until the next one if that’s only a few hours away.

What can Prednisolone be used to treat?

Prednisolone has a wide range of applications and just some of the conditions it can be used to treat include:

  • Allergies and immune disorders
  • Arthritis
  • Blood disorders
  • Breathing problems like asthma
  • Certain types of cancer
  • Intestinal conditions
  • Skin conditions
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What Are The Side Effects of Prednisolone?

Some of the most common side effects of prednisolone include:

There’s also a range of rarer side effects, including:

  • Mood swings
  • Irritability
  • Dizzy spells
  • Blurred vision
  • Depression
  • Abdominal cramps
  • Back pain
  • Black stools
  • Traces of blood in stools
  • Changes in skin pigment
  • Loss of libido (sexual appetite)
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Things to avoid

Prednisolone can interact negatively with a range of substances, so you should be sure to tell your doctor of any medical conditions you’re currently taking medication for.

Some of the substances prednisolone can interact badly with include Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen and aspirin:

Taking prednisolone may affect the results of several clinical tests, so be sure to alert medical personnel to the fact you’ve been prescribed this before undergoing any tests.

Allergic reactions to corticosteroids like prednisolone are rare, if you do experience any swelling or severe breathing problems - seek emergency medical assistance as soon as possible.

Prednisolone and alcohol

It’s generally recommended to steer clear of alcohol while taking prednisolone, since this may exacerbate side effects and has the potential to cause severe stomach problems.

Is It Safe to Use Prednisolone During Pregnancy?

Corticosteroids like prednisolone aren’t usually prescribed for pregnant women, since there’s some evidence that they can cause birth problems like low birth weight, growth problems and issues for the mother, such as an increased risk of preeclampsia.

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