Prednisolone is a corticosteroid that is useful in treating inflammation and a range of other diseases including cancer, skin diseases and blood disorders. Although it is used to treat many illnesses, it can only be bought and used with your physician’s prescription.
How it works
Since Prednisolone is a corticosteroid, naturally, it operates by affecting the immune system. When combating illnesses such as swelling and allergic reactions, the drug alters the response of the immune system of your body to prevent the condition from deteriorating. This reduces effects such as inflammation to a significant extent.
The drug offers pain relief to any inflamed part of the body. However, it is also useful in treating the following conditions as well.
Blood/bone marrow issues
Intestinal problems (Ulcerative colitis)
Breathing problems (Asthma)
Collagen diseases (lupus)
Endocrine problems (adrenocortical insufficiency)
The medication is mainly consumed as pills. It is mostly consumed along with food although you might want to check with your physician as to whether you should take it after meals since the schedule differs from one person to another according to the severity of the diseases and their personal health conditions. Try not to miss any doses and follow the instructions given on the label strictly. If you forget your pill, it is best to take it as soon as possible. However, if it is time for your next dose, forget about the missed dose and skip it. Follow your normal schedule. You must never take two doses at once since overdosing can result in adverse health effects. The medication is also available in the forms of liquid, syrup, suspension and solution.
The following are some of the common side effects of consuming Prednisolone on a regular basis.
Although it is quite unlikely, it is possible to experience certain severe side effects too. These include changes in skin color, increased thirst and urination, easy bleeding and bone pain.
In the event of such conditions, you have to contact your physician or healthcare provider immediately to find a remedy.
You need to follow the below mentioned precautionary methods to ensure that the consumption of the drug will enhance the condition of your health and will not deteriorate it.
Stop drinking alcoholic drinks when taking Prednisolone
Do not get a vaccination without consulting your physician
Inform your surgeon, emergency doctor, optician and dentist that you are using the drug
Do not miss the lab appointments since they are important to ensure the presence of side effects
Children and teenagers must be taken for frequent growth checks since continuous use of medication can affect their growth rate
In case of fever, cold, sore throat or chill, get medications as soon as possible because the condition can easily worsen since your immune system will be weak under the influence of the drug.
If you have a history of heart problems or kidney diseases or diabetes, you have to inform your physician. This will allow the physician to decide whether or not you are eligible to take the drug. Take a look at the ingredients used in the drug and see whether you have an allergy for them too.
Remember to keep your physician informed about the effects of the medicine since it will make it easier for them to study your body’s response to the treatment.