Along with its useful effects, prednisolone can cause unwanted side-effects which your doctor will discuss with you. The benefits of taking prednisolone usually outweigh the side-effects, although unwanted effects can sometimes be troublesome. The table below contains some of the most common ones. You will find a full list in the manufacturer's information leaflet supplied with your medicine. Although not everyone experiences side-effects, and some will improve as your body adjusts to the new medicine, you should speak with your doctor or pharmacist if you become concerned about any of the following:
Anyone taking oral steroids or a high dose of inhaled steroids for more than three weeks should be given a steroid treatment card . Small enough to keep in your purse or wallet, this card has room to record the details of your dose and your condition(s). This is so that if you ever need any medical treatment and you're not able to communicate (you're having an asthma attack, for example), the people treating you know you're taking prednisolone and can plan your treatment accordingly. If you are taking oral steroids, or high-dose inhaled steroids, for more than three weeks then you should never suddenly stop them.
Prednisone is a drug that belongs to the corticosteroid drug class, and is an
anti-inflammatory and immune system suppressant. It's used to treat a variety of diseases and conditions, for example: inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn's
disease and ulcerative colitis ), lupus , asthma , cancers , and several types of
Common side effects are weight gain , headache , fluid retention, and muscle weakness . Other effects and adverse events include glaucoma , cataracts , obesity , facial hair growth, moon face, and growth retardation in children. This medicine also causes psychiatric problems, for example: depression , insomnia , mood swings , personality changes, and psychotic behavior. Serious side effects include reactions to diabetes drugs , infections, and necrosis of the hips and joints.
Corticosteroids like prednisone, have many drug interactions ; examples include: estrogens , phenytoin ( Dilantin ), diuretics, warfarin ( Coumadin , Jantoven ), and diabetes drugs . Prednisone is available as tablets of 1, , 10, 20, and 50 mg; extended release tablets of 1, 2, and 5mg; and oral solution of 5mg/5ml. It's use during the first trimester of pregnancy may cause cleft palate . This medicine is secreted in breast milk and can cause side effects in infants who are nursing . You should not stop taking prednisone abruptly because it can cause withdrawal symptoms and adrenal failure. Talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other medical professional if you have questions about beta-blockers. Talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other medical professional if you have questions about prednisone.
If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist. In the US -Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.