Generic Name: prednisone, Oral tablet

Deltasone,Predone,RAYOS,Sterapred,Sterapred DS

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  • Deltasone
  • Predone
  • RAYOS
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Highlights for prednisone

Oral tablet
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PREDNISONE (PRED ni sone) is a corticosteroid. It is commonly used to treat inflammation of the skin, joints, lungs, and other organs. Common conditions treated include asthma, allergies, and arthritis. It is also used for other conditions, such as blood disorders and diseases of the adrenal glands.
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This drug also comes in other forms, including Oral Solution
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Talk to your healthcare provider if you have any of these conditions.
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Know what to watch for and get tips for reducing your risks while taking this drug.
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prednisone Side Effects

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Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:

  • allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
  • changes in emotions or moods
  • changes in vision
  • depressed mood
  • eye pain
  • fever or chills, cough, sore throat, pain or difficulty passing urine
  • increased thirst
  • swelling of ankles, feet

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • confusion, excitement, restlessness
  • headache
  • nausea, vomiting
  • skin problems, acne, thin and shiny skin
  • trouble sleeping
  • weight gain
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prednisone May Interact with Other Medications

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Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:

  • metyrapone
  • mifepristone

This medicine may also interact with the following medications:

  • aminoglutethimide
  • amphotericin B
  • aspirin and aspirin-like medicines
  • barbiturates
  • certain medicines for diabetes, like glipizide or glyburide
  • cholestyramine
  • cholinesterase inhibitors
  • cyclosporine
  • digoxin
  • diuretics
  • ephedrine
  • female hormones, like estrogens and birth control pills
  • isoniazid
  • ketoconazole
  • NSAIDS, medicines for pain and inflammation, like ibuprofen or naproxen
  • phenytoin
  • rifampin
  • toxoids
  • vaccines
  • warfarin
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How to Use prednisone (Dosage)

Oral tablet

Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Take this medicine with food. If you are taking this medicine once a day, take it in the morning. Do not take more medicine than you are told to take. Do not suddenly stop taking your medicine because you may develop a severe reaction. Your doctor will tell you how much medicine to take. If your doctor wants you to stop the medicine, the dose may be slowly lowered over time to avoid any side effects.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

Dosage Information
What Are You Taking This Medication For?

Endocrine disorders: adrenal insufficiency

Brand: Deltasone

Form: Oral Tablet
Strengths: 2.5 mg, 5 mg, 10 mg, 20 mg, and 50 mg
Adult Dosage (ages 18 years and older)
  • The initial dosage may vary from 5 mg to 60 mg per day, taken once per day, depending on the specific disease and person taking the drug.
  • The lowest possible dosage should be used to control your condition.
  • To reduce side effects, twice the usual dose of this drug may be taken every other morning. This is called alternate day therapy.
Child Dosage (ages 0-17 years)

Dosage has not been established for people younger than 18 years.

Special considerations
  • Hypothyroidism: If you have hypothyroidism, tell your doctor before taking this medication. This condition may lead to stronger effects of prednisone on your body and more side effects.
  • Liver problems: If you have liver problems tell your doctor before taking this drug. These problems may lead to stronger effects of prednisone on your body and more side effects.

Warnings

  • This medication may weaken your immune system and increase your chances of getting an infection. Avoid being near people who are sick or have recently been sick, especially people who have had chicken pox or measles. Tell your doctor about any recent infections you have had or any symptoms of infection you have, such as fever, chills, or body aches.
  • Using this medication for long periods may cause inflammation or increased pressure in your eyes.

Rheumatic disorders: osteoarthritis, bursitis

Brand: Deltasone

Form: Oral Tablet
Strengths: 2.5 mg, 5 mg, 10 mg, 20 mg, and 50 mg
Adult Dosage (ages 18 years and older)
  • The initial dosage may vary from 5 mg to 60 mg per day, taken once per day, depending on the specific disease and person taking the drug.
  • The lowest possible dosage should be used to control your condition.
  • To reduce side effects, twice the usual dose of this drug may be taken every other morning. This is called alternate day therapy.
Child Dosage (ages 0-17 years)

Dosage has not been established for people younger than 18 years.

Special considerations
  • Hypothyroidism: If you have hypothyroidism, tell your doctor before taking this medication. This condition may lead to stronger effects of prednisone on your body and more side effects.
  • Liver problems: If you have liver problems tell your doctor before taking this drug. These problems may lead to stronger effects of prednisone on your body and more side effects.

Warnings

  • This medication may weaken your immune system and increase your chances of getting an infection. Avoid being near people who are sick or have recently been sick, especially people who have had chicken pox or measles. Tell your doctor about any recent infections you have had or any symptoms of infection you have, such as fever, chills, or body aches.
  • Using this medication for long periods may cause inflammation or increased pressure in your eyes.

Collagen diseases: lupus

Brand: Deltasone

Form: Oral Tablet
Strengths: 2.5 mg, 5 mg, 10 mg, 20 mg, and 50 mg
Adult Dosage (ages 18 years and older)
  • The initial dosage may vary from 5 mg to 60 mg per day, taken once per day, depending on the specific disease and person taking the drug.
  • The lowest possible dosage should be used to control your condition.
  • To reduce side effects, twice the usual dose of this drug may be taken every other morning. This is called alternate day therapy.
Child Dosage (ages 0-17 years)

Dosage has not been established for people younger than 18 years.

Special considerations
  • Hypothyroidism: If you have hypothyroidism, tell your doctor before taking this medication. This condition may lead to stronger effects of prednisone on your body and more side effects.
  • Liver problems: If you have liver problems tell your doctor before taking this drug. These problems may lead to stronger effects of prednisone on your body and more side effects.

Warnings

  • This medication may weaken your immune system and increase your chances of getting an infection. Avoid being near people who are sick or have recently been sick, especially people who have had chicken pox or measles. Tell your doctor about any recent infections you have had or any symptoms of infection you have, such as fever, chills, or body aches.
  • Using this medication for long periods may cause inflammation or increased pressure in your eyes.

Dermatologic diseases: psoriasis, dermatitis

Brand: Deltasone

Form: Oral Tablet
Strengths: 2.5 mg, 5 mg, 10 mg, 20 mg, and 50 mg
Adult Dosage (ages 18 years and older)
  • The initial dosage may vary from 5 mg to 60 mg per day, taken once per day, depending on the specific disease and person taking the drug.
  • The lowest possible dosage should be used to control your condition.
  • To reduce side effects, twice the usual dose of this drug may be taken every other morning. This is called alternate day therapy.
Child Dosage (ages 0-17 years)

Dosage has not been established for people younger than 18 years.

Special considerations
  • Hypothyroidism: If you have hypothyroidism, tell your doctor before taking this medication. This condition may lead to stronger effects of prednisone on your body and more side effects.
  • Liver problems: If you have liver problems tell your doctor before taking this drug. These problems may lead to stronger effects of prednisone on your body and more side effects.

Warnings

  • This medication may weaken your immune system and increase your chances of getting an infection. Avoid being near people who are sick or have recently been sick, especially people who have had chicken pox or measles. Tell your doctor about any recent infections you have had or any symptoms of infection you have, such as fever, chills, or body aches.
  • Using this medication for long periods may cause inflammation or increased pressure in your eyes.

Allergic states: asthma, allergies

Brand: Deltasone

Form: Oral Tablet
Strengths: 2.5 mg, 5 mg, 10 mg, 20 mg, and 50 mg
Adult Dosage (ages 18 years and older)
  • The initial dosage may vary from 5 mg to 60 mg per day, taken once per day, depending on the specific disease and person taking the drug.
  • The lowest possible dosage should be used to control your condition.
  • To reduce side effects, twice the usual dose of this drug may be taken every other morning. This is called alternate day therapy.
Child Dosage (ages 0-17 years)

Dosage has not been established for people younger than 18 years.

Special considerations
  • Hypothyroidism: If you have hypothyroidism, tell your doctor before taking this medication. This condition may lead to stronger effects of prednisone on your body and more side effects.
  • Liver problems: If you have liver problems tell your doctor before taking this drug. These problems may lead to stronger effects of prednisone on your body and more side effects.

Warnings

  • This medication may weaken your immune system and increase your chances of getting an infection. Avoid being near people who are sick or have recently been sick, especially people who have had chicken pox or measles. Tell your doctor about any recent infections you have had or any symptoms of infection you have, such as fever, chills, or body aches.
  • Using this medication for long periods may cause inflammation or increased pressure in your eyes.

Ophthalmic diseases: ulcers, conjunctivitis, optic neuritis inflammation

Brand: Deltasone

Form: Oral Tablet
Strengths: 2.5 mg, 5 mg, 10 mg, 20 mg, and 50 mg
Adult Dosage (ages 18 years and older)
  • The initial dosage may vary from 5 mg to 60 mg per day, taken once per day, depending on the specific disease and person taking the drug.
  • The lowest possible dosage should be used to control your condition.
  • To reduce side effects, twice the usual dose of this drug may be taken every other morning. This is called alternate day therapy.
Child Dosage (ages 0-17 years)

Dosage has not been established for people younger than 18 years.

Special considerations
  • Hypothyroidism: If you have hypothyroidism, tell your doctor before taking this medication. This condition may lead to stronger effects of prednisone on your body and more side effects.
  • Liver problems: If you have liver problems tell your doctor before taking this drug. These problems may lead to stronger effects of prednisone on your body and more side effects.

Warnings

  • This medication may weaken your immune system and increase your chances of getting an infection. Avoid being near people who are sick or have recently been sick, especially people who have had chicken pox or measles. Tell your doctor about any recent infections you have had or any symptoms of infection you have, such as fever, chills, or body aches.
  • Using this medication for long periods may cause inflammation or increased pressure in your eyes.

Respiratory diseases

Brand: Deltasone

Form: Oral Tablet
Strengths: 2.5 mg, 5 mg, 10 mg, 20 mg, and 50 mg
Adult Dosage (ages 18 years and older)
  • The initial dosage may vary from 5 mg to 60 mg per day, taken once per day, depending on the specific disease and person taking the drug.
  • The lowest possible dosage should be used to control your condition.
  • To reduce side effects, twice the usual dose of this drug may be taken every other morning. This is called alternate day therapy.
Child Dosage (ages 0-17 years)

Dosage has not been established for people younger than 18 years.

Special considerations
  • Hypothyroidism: If you have hypothyroidism, tell your doctor before taking this medication. This condition may lead to stronger effects of prednisone on your body and more side effects.
  • Liver problems: If you have liver problems tell your doctor before taking this drug. These problems may lead to stronger effects of prednisone on your body and more side effects.

Warnings

  • This medication may weaken your immune system and increase your chances of getting an infection. Avoid being near people who are sick or have recently been sick, especially people who have had chicken pox or measles. Tell your doctor about any recent infections you have had or any symptoms of infection you have, such as fever, chills, or body aches.
  • Using this medication for long periods may cause inflammation or increased pressure in your eyes.

Hematologic Disorders: anemia, thrombocytopenia

Brand: Deltasone

Form: Oral Tablet
Strengths: 2.5 mg, 5 mg, 10 mg, 20 mg, and 50 mg
Adult Dosage (ages 18 years and older)
  • The initial dosage may vary from 5 mg to 60 mg per day, taken once per day, depending on the specific disease and person taking the drug.
  • The lowest possible dosage should be used to control your condition.
  • To reduce side effects, twice the usual dose of this drug may be taken every other morning. This is called alternate day therapy.
Child Dosage (ages 0-17 years)

Dosage has not been established for people younger than 18 years.

Special considerations
  • Hypothyroidism: If you have hypothyroidism, tell your doctor before taking this medication. This condition may lead to stronger effects of prednisone on your body and more side effects.
  • Liver problems: If you have liver problems tell your doctor before taking this drug. These problems may lead to stronger effects of prednisone on your body and more side effects.

Warnings

  • This medication may weaken your immune system and increase your chances of getting an infection. Avoid being near people who are sick or have recently been sick, especially people who have had chicken pox or measles. Tell your doctor about any recent infections you have had or any symptoms of infection you have, such as fever, chills, or body aches.
  • Using this medication for long periods may cause inflammation or increased pressure in your eyes.

Neoplastic Diseases: leukemia, lymphoma

Brand: Deltasone

Form: Oral Tablet
Strengths: 2.5 mg, 5 mg, 10 mg, 20 mg, and 50 mg
Adult Dosage (ages 18 years and older)
  • The initial dosage may vary from 5 mg to 60 mg per day, taken once per day, depending on the specific disease and person taking the drug.
  • The lowest possible dosage should be used to control your condition.
  • To reduce side effects, twice the usual dose of this drug may be taken every other morning. This is called alternate day therapy.
Child Dosage (ages 0-17 years)

Dosage has not been established for people younger than 18 years.

Special considerations
  • Hypothyroidism: If you have hypothyroidism, tell your doctor before taking this medication. This condition may lead to stronger effects of prednisone on your body and more side effects.
  • Liver problems: If you have liver problems tell your doctor before taking this drug. These problems may lead to stronger effects of prednisone on your body and more side effects.

Warnings

  • This medication may weaken your immune system and increase your chances of getting an infection. Avoid being near people who are sick or have recently been sick, especially people who have had chicken pox or measles. Tell your doctor about any recent infections you have had or any symptoms of infection you have, such as fever, chills, or body aches.
  • Using this medication for long periods may cause inflammation or increased pressure in your eyes.

Edematous States: nephrotic syndrome, lupus

Brand: Deltasone

Form: Oral Tablet
Strengths: 2.5 mg, 5 mg, 10 mg, 20 mg, and 50 mg
Adult Dosage (ages 18 years and older)
  • The initial dosage may vary from 5 mg to 60 mg per day, taken once per day, depending on the specific disease and person taking the drug.
  • The lowest possible dosage should be used to control your condition.
  • To reduce side effects, twice the usual dose of this drug may be taken every other morning. This is called alternate day therapy.
Child Dosage (ages 0-17 years)

Dosage has not been established for people younger than 18 years.

Special considerations
  • Hypothyroidism: If you have hypothyroidism, tell your doctor before taking this medication. This condition may lead to stronger effects of prednisone on your body and more side effects.
  • Liver problems: If you have liver problems tell your doctor before taking this drug. These problems may lead to stronger effects of prednisone on your body and more side effects.

Warnings

  • This medication may weaken your immune system and increase your chances of getting an infection. Avoid being near people who are sick or have recently been sick, especially people who have had chicken pox or measles. Tell your doctor about any recent infections you have had or any symptoms of infection you have, such as fever, chills, or body aches.
  • Using this medication for long periods may cause inflammation or increased pressure in your eyes.

Gastrointestinal Diseases: colitis

Brand: Deltasone

Form: Oral Tablet
Strengths: 2.5 mg, 5 mg, 10 mg, 20 mg, and 50 mg
Adult Dosage (ages 18 years and older)
  • The initial dosage may vary from 5 mg to 60 mg per day, taken once per day, depending on the specific disease and person taking the drug.
  • The lowest possible dosage should be used to control your condition.
  • To reduce side effects, twice the usual dose of this drug may be taken every other morning. This is called alternate day therapy.
Child Dosage (ages 0-17 years)

Dosage has not been established for people younger than 18 years.

Special considerations
  • Hypothyroidism: If you have hypothyroidism, tell your doctor before taking this medication. This condition may lead to stronger effects of prednisone on your body and more side effects.
  • Liver problems: If you have liver problems tell your doctor before taking this drug. These problems may lead to stronger effects of prednisone on your body and more side effects.

Warnings

  • This medication may weaken your immune system and increase your chances of getting an infection. Avoid being near people who are sick or have recently been sick, especially people who have had chicken pox or measles. Tell your doctor about any recent infections you have had or any symptoms of infection you have, such as fever, chills, or body aches.
  • Using this medication for long periods may cause inflammation or increased pressure in your eyes.

Nervous System: multiple sclerosis

Brand: Deltasone

Form: Oral Tablet
Strengths: 2.5 mg, 5 mg, 10 mg, 20 mg, and 50 mg
Adult Dosage (ages 18 years and older)
  • If you have a sudden return or worsening of your symptoms, you may need to take 200 mg, once per day, for 1 week. This dose may then be reduced to 80 mg, taken once per day, every other day for 1 month.
  • The starting dose is 20 mg, taken once per day.
Child Dosage (ages 0-17 years)

Dosage has not been established for people younger than 18 years.

Special considerations
  • Hypothyroidism: If you have hypothyroidism, tell your doctor before taking this medication. This condition may lead to stronger effects of prednisone on your body and more side effects.
  • Liver problems: If you have liver problems tell your doctor before taking this drug. These problems may lead to stronger effects of prednisone on your body and more side effects.

Warnings

  • This medication may weaken your immune system and increase your chances of getting an infection. Avoid being near people who are sick or have recently been sick, especially people who have had chicken pox or measles. Tell your doctor about any recent infections you have had or any symptoms of infection you have, such as fever, chills, or body aches.
  • Using this medication for long periods may cause inflammation or increased pressure in your eyes.

Disclaimer: The dosage information provided may not include all possible dosages and forms. Although our goal is to provide the most relevant and up-to-date information, we cannot guarantee full coverage. This information is not a substitute for medical advice. If you take this drug, make sure to speak with your doctor or pharmacist to determine a dosage that's right for you.
What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:

  • Cushing's syndrome
  • diabetes
  • glaucoma
  • heart disease
  • high blood pressure
  • infection (especially a virus infection such as chickenpox, cold sores, or herpes)
  • kidney disease
  • liver disease
  • mental illness
  • myasthenia gravis
  • osteoporosis
  • seizures
  • stomach or intestine problems
  • thyroid disease
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to lactose, prednisone, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast-feeding
What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, talk to your doctor or health care professional. You may need to miss a dose or take an extra dose. Do not take double or extra doses without advice.

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular checks on your progress. If you are taking this medicine over a prolonged period, carry an identification card with your name and address, the type and dose of your medicine, and your doctor's name and address.

This medicine may increase your risk of getting an infection. Tell your doctor or health care professional if you are around anyone with measles or chickenpox, or if you develop sores or blisters that do not heal properly.

If you are going to have surgery, tell your doctor or health care professional that you have taken this medicine within the last twelve months.

Ask your doctor or health care professional about your diet. You may need to lower the amount of salt you eat.

This medicine may affect blood sugar levels. If you have diabetes, check with your doctor or health care professional before you change your diet or the dose of your diabetic medicine.

Where should I keep my medicine?

Keep out of the reach of children.

Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). Protect from light. Keep container tightly closed. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.

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