Prednisolone Oral: Uses, Side Effects, Interactions, Precautions and Overdose

Prednisolone Oral: Uses

Prednisolone is a corticosteroid medication that is used to treat a wide variety of conditions, including:

  • Allergic disorders, such as asthma, hay fever, and eczema
  • Autoimmune diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and Crohn’s disease
  • Skin conditions, such as psoriasis and dermatitis
  • Cancer
  • Organ transplants
  • Blood disorders, such as leukemia and lymphoma

Prednisolone Oral: Side Effects

Prednisolone can cause a variety of side effects, including:

  • Common side effects: nausea, vomiting, heartburn, increased appetite, weight gain, acne, trouble sleeping, increased sweating
  • Less common side effects: mood changes, osteoporosis, muscle weakness, high blood pressure, high blood sugar, cataracts, glaucoma, infections

Prednisolone Oral: Interactions

Prednisolone can interact with a number of other medications, including:

  • Aspirin and other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Blood thinners
  • Diabetes medications
  • Heart medications
  • Anticonvulsants
  • Antibiotics

Prednisolone Oral: Precautions

Prednisolone should be used with caution in people with the following conditions:

  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Heart disease
  • Osteoporosis
  • Glaucoma
  • Cataracts
  • Infections

Prednisolone Oral: Overdose

An overdose of prednisolone can cause a number of serious side effects, including:

  • Confusion
  • Seizures
  • Coma
  • Death

If you suspect that you or someone you know has overdosed on prednisolone, seek medical attention immediately.

General Information

It is important to take prednisolone exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not stop taking prednisolone suddenly without talking to your doctor, as this can cause serious side effects.