What is Prednisone?
Prednisone is a corticosteroid. It prevents the release of substances in the body that cause inflammation. It also suppresses the immune system. Prednisone is used as an anti-inflammatory or an immunosuppressant medication.
Prednisone treats many different conditions such as allergic disorders, skin conditions, ulcerative colitis, arthritis, lupus, psoriasis, or breathing disorders.
How should I take Prednisone?
Take prednisone exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Follow all directions on your prescription label. Your doctor may occasionally change your dose to make sure you get the best results. Do not take this medicine in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.
Take prednisone with food.
Your dosage needs may change if you have any unusual stress such as a serious illness, fever or infection, or if you have surgery or a medical emergency. Do not change your medication dose or schedule without your doctor’s advice.
Measure liquid prednisone with a special dose-measuring spoon or medicine cup. If you do not have a dose-measuring device, ask your pharmacist for one.
Do not crush, chew, or break a delayed-release tablet. Swallow it whole.
While using prednisone, you may need frequent blood tests at your doctor’s office. Your blood pressure may also need to be checked.
This medication can cause unusual results with certain medical tests. Tell any doctor who treats you that you are using prednisone.
You should not stop using prednisone suddenly. Follow your doctor’s instructions about tapering your dose.
Wear a medical alert tag or carry an ID card stating that you take prednisone. Any medical care provider who treats you should know that you are using a steroid.
Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat.