Prednisolone is a corticosteroid used to treat inflammation (not the same as an anabolic steroid, like testosterone). PrednisoLONE, more commonly used by pediatric patients, is similar to, but should not be confused with, predniSONE, more commonly used by adults. One common use of prednisolone is to treat the inflammation in the airways that happens with an asthma attack. Prednisolone can also be used to treat severe allergic reactions, including anaphylaxis if used with epinephrine. Prednisolone is often used in conjunction with albuterol which takes minutes to start treating the symptoms of asthma, while prednisolone takes hours to work. This medication should be taken with food.
Do not use if sensitive or allergic to prednisolone or other corticosteroid medication. Do not use if a fungal infection is present. The lowest possible dose of prednisolone should be used to control the condition under treatment, and when reduction in dosage is possible, the reduction should be gradual.
Prednisolone can cause worsening of infections, electrolyte disturbances, blood glucose abnormalities, muscle weakness, bone problems, bleeding ulcers, impaired wound healing, thin and fragile skin, neurologic problems, hormone imbalance, cataracts, glaucoma, and severe allergic reaction in susceptible people. Although these reactions can occur anytime, they usually occur when the drug is taken for longer periods of time. Do not stop taking prednisone suddenly; take the entire course of treatment.
|Inflammation||prednisoLONE 1 mg per kg by mouth every 12 hours|
Pediatric dosages are weight-based. Refer to weight-based dosing guidelines.
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