DRUGS & SUPPLEMENTS
Prednisolone is a glucocorticosteroid. This medication inhibits the function of leukocytes and tissue macrophages. Prednisolone restricts the migration of leukocytes in the area of inflammation. This drug violates the ability of macrophages to phagocytosis and the formation of interleukin-1. Prednisolone contributes to the stabilization of lysosomal membranes, thereby reducing the concentration of proteolytic enzymes in inflammation. This medicine decreases capillary permeability caused by histamine release. Prednisolone inhibits the activity of fibroblasts and collagen formation.
Prednisolone inhibits the activity of phospholipase A2 which leads to suppression of the synthesis of prostaglandins and leukotrienes. This medication inhibits the release of COX (especially COX-2), which also helps reduce the production of prostaglandins.
Prednisolone reduces the number of circulating lymphocytes (T-and B-cells), monocytes, eosinophils and basophils as a result of their displacement from the bloodstream into lymphoid tissue; suppresses the formation of antibodies.
Prednisolone inhibits the release of pituitary ACTH and beta-lipotropina but it does not reduces the level of circulating beta-endorphin. This drug also inhibits the secretion of TSH and FSH.
Prednisolone has a vasoconstrictor effect with direct application to the vessels.
Prednisolone has a pronounced dose-dependent effect on the metabolism of carbohydrates, proteins and fats. It stimulates gluconeogenesis, amino acid contributes to the capture of the liver and kidneys and increases the activity of enzymes of gluconeogenesis. In the liver, Prednisolone enhances the deposition of glycogen by stimulating the activity of glikogensintetazy and synthesis of glucose from the products of protein metabolism. This medicine increases blood glucose activates the secretion of insulin.
Prednisolone inhibits glucose uptake by fat cells that leads to the activation of lipolysis. However, due to an increase in insulin secretion is stimulated lipogenesis which contributes to the accumulation of fat.
Prednisolone also has catabolic effects in lymphoid and connective tissue, muscle, adipose tissue, skin, bone tissue. To a lesser extent than hydrocortisone Prednisolone affects the processes of water and electrolyte metabolism: promotes the excretion of potassium and calcium, delay in the body of sodium and water. Osteoporosis and Itsenko-Cushing's syndrome are the main factors limiting the long-term therapy with corticosteroids. As a result of the catabolic actions it may suppress growth in children.
In high doses prednisone can increase the excitability of brain tissue and contributes to lowering the threshold of convulsive readiness. This medication stimulates the excessive production of hydrochloric acid and pepsin in the stomach which leads to the development of peptic ulcers.
When systemic use the therapeutic activity of Prednisolone is due to anti-inflammatory, antiallergic, immunosuppressive and antiproliferative action.
For external and local application the therapeutic activity of Prednisolone is due to anti-inflammatory, antiallergic and antiexudative (due to vasoconstrictor effect) effect.
As compared with hydrocortisone the anti-inflammatory activity of Prednisolone is 4 times greater, the mineralocorticoid activity is 0.6 times smaller.
After oral administration Prednisolone is well absorbed from the gastrointestinal tract. Cmax in plasma observed after 90 min. In plasma most of Prednisolone is associated with transcortin (cortisol binding globulin). This drug metabolized primarily in the liver.
T1/2 is about 200 minutes.
Why is Prednisolone prescribed?
For oral and parenteral use: rheumatism; rheumatoid arthritis, dermatomyositis, periarteritis nodosa, scleroderma, ankylosing spondylitis, asthma, asthmatic status, acute and chronic allergic diseases, anaphylaxis, Addison's disease, acute adrenal insufficiency, adrenogenital syndrome; hepatitis, hepatic coma, hypoglycemic states, lipid nephrosis; agranulocytosis, various forms of leukemia, lymphoma, thrombocytopenic purpura, hemolytic anemia; chorea; pemphigus, eczema, pruritus, exfoliative dermatitis, psoriasis, pruritus, seborrheic dermatitis, SLE, erythroderma, alopecia.
For intra-articular administration: chronic arthritis, post-traumatic arthritis, osteoarthritis of large joints, rheumatic destruction of individual joints, arthritis.
For the introduction of infiltration in the tissue: epicondylitis, tenosynovitis, bursitis, frozen shoulder, keloids, sciatica, Dupuytren's contracture, rheumatism and similar lesions of joints and various tissues.
For use in ophthalmology: allergies, chronic and atypical conjunctivitis and blepharitis; inflammation of the cornea with intact mucosa; acute and chronic inflammation of the anterior segment of the choroid, sclera and episcleritis; sympathetic inflammation of the eyeball; after injuries and operations during prolonged stimulation of eyeballs.
Dosage and administration
When Prednisolone administered orally for replacement therapy in adults the initial dose is 20-30 mg, maintenance dose is 10.5 mg / day. If necessary, the initial dose is may be 15-100 mg / day, the maintenance one is 5-15 mg / day. The daily dose should be reduced gradually. For children the starting dose is 1-2 mg / kg in 4-6 receptions, the maintenance one is 300-600 mg / kg / day.
For IM or IV dose administration the multiplicity and duration of application are determined individually.
When intra-articular administration in large joints it used a dose of 25-50 mg, for medium-sized joints - 10-25 mg for small joints - 5-10 mg. For the introduction of infiltration into the tissues depending on disease severity and magnitude of the defeat use doses from 5 mg to 50 mg.
Prednisolone used topically in ophthalmology 3 times / day, course of treatment is no more than 14 days; in dermatology - 1-3 times / day.
Prednisolone side effects, adverse reactions
Endocrine system: menstrual irregularities, suppression of adrenal function, Itsenko-Cushing's syndrome, suppression of pituitary-adrenal system, reduced tolerance to carbohydrates, steroid diabetes, or a manifestation of latent diabetes, growth retardation in children, delayed sexual development in children.
Digestive system: nausea, vomiting, steroid ulcer and duodenal ulcer, pancreatitis, esophagitis, bleeding and perforation of the gastrointestinal tract, increased or decreased appetite, flatulence, hiccups. In rare cases - elevated liver transaminases and alkaline phosphatase.
Metabolism: the negative nitrogen balance due to protein catabolism, increased excretion of calcium from the body, hypocalcemia, weight gain, increased sweating.
Cardiovascular system: the loss of potassium, hypokalemic alkalosis, arrhythmia, bradycardia ; steroid myopathy, heart failure (the development or worsening of symptoms), ECG changes typical of hypokalemia, increased blood pressure, hypercoagulability, thrombosis. In patients with acute myocardial infarction - the spread of necrosis, slowing the formation of scar tissue that can lead to rupture of the heart muscle.
Musculoskeletal system: slowing growth and ossification processes in children (premature closure of epiphyseal growth zones) and osteoporosis (very rarely - pathological fractures, aseptic necrosis of the humeral head and femoral), rupture of tendons of muscles, muscle weakness, steroid myopathy, loss of muscle mass (atrophy).
CNS: headache, increased intracranial pressure, delirium, disorientation, euphoria, hallucinations, manic-depressive psychosis, depression, nervousness or anxiety, insomnia, dizziness, vertigo, pseudotumor cerebellum, and seizures.
Vision: the rear subcapsular cataracts, increased intraocular pressure (with the possible damage to the optic nerve), trophic changes of the cornea, exophthalmos, the propensity to develop secondary infections (bacterial, fungal, viral).
Dermatological reactions: petechiae, ecchymosis, thinning and fragility of the skin, hyper- or hypopigmentation, acne, stretch marks, susceptibility to the development of pyoderma and candidiasis.
Reactions due to immunosuppressive effect: slow process of regeneration, reduced resistance to infections.
For parenteral administration: in rare cases of anaphylactic and allergic reactions, hyper- or hypopigmentation, atrophy of skin and subcutaneous tissue, exacerbation after intrasinovialnogo applications such as Charcot arthropathy, sterile abscesses, when injected into pockets on the head - blindness.
For short-term use for health reasons - increased sensitivity to Prednisolone.
For intra-articular injection and injection directly into the lesion: previous arthroplasty, abnormal bleeding (endogenous or caused by the use of anticoagulants), intra-articular fracture, infection (sepsis) inflammation in the joints and periarticular infections (including in history), as well as general infectious disease marked juxta-articular osteoporosis, lack of signs of inflammation in the joints ("dry" joint, such as osteoarthritis without synovitis), severe bone destruction and deformity of the joint (a sharp narrowing of joint space, ankylosis), the instability of the joint as a result of arthritis, aseptic necrosis of the epiphyses of bones forming the joint.
For external use only: bacterial, viral, fungal skin diseases, tuberculosis, skin, cutaneous manifestations of syphilis, skin tumors, post-vaccination period, violation of the integrity of the skin (ulcers, wounds), children's age (up to 2 years, with itching in the anal area - up to 12 years), rosacea, acne vulgaris, perioral dermatitis.
For use in ophthalmology: bacterial, viral, fungal eye diseases, tuberculosis eye disease, trachoma, violating the integrity of ocular epithelium.
Using during pregnancy and breastfeeding
During pregnancy Prednisolone is used only for health reasons. If necessary use of Prednisolone during lactation should carefully weigh the potential benefits of treatment for both mother and child at risk.
With care use for parasitic and infectious diseases of viral, fungal or bacterial origin - herpes simplex, herpes zoster (viraemic phase), chicken pox, measles, amoebiasis, strongyloidiasis, systemic mycosis, active and latent tuberculosis.
Be wary of up to 8 weeks before and 2 weeks after vaccination, and lymphadenitis after BCG, with immunodeficiency (including AIDS or HIV infection).
Be wary of diseases in gastrointestinal tract: gastric ulcers and duodenal ulcers, esophagitis, gastritis, acute or latent peptic ulcer, the newly created anastomosis intestinal ulcerative colitis with the threat of perforation or abstsedirovaniya, diverticulitis. Be wary of Prednisolone use in diseases of the cardiovascular system, including after recent myocardial infarction, with decompensated congestive heart failure, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, with endocrine diseases - diabetes mellitus, hyperthyroidism, hypothyroidism, pituitary basophilia, with severe chronic renal and / or liver failure, nefrourolitiaze, with hypoalbuminemia, with systemic osteoporosis, myasthenia gravis, acute psychosis, obesity III-IV stage, in poliomyelitis, open- and closed-angle glaucoma.
If necessary, intra-articular injection with caution in patients with severe general condition, failure (or brevity) of the 2 previous injections (with regard to individual properties apply GCS). During treatment (especially long-term) it needed to monitor at eye specialist, blood pressure control and water-electrolyte balance, and the pattern of peripheral blood glucose levels; to reduce the side effects can be assigned anabolic steroids, antibiotics, and increase the flow of potassium in the body (diet, potassium containing medications).
It is recommended to clarify the need for injection of ACTH after treatment with prednisone (after a skin test).
When Addison's disease should avoid the simultaneous use of barbiturates.
After cessation of treatment it may be experience a withdrawal syndrome, adrenal insufficiency and exacerbation of the disease, about which he was appointed Prednisolone Rotexmedica.
When intercurrent infections, septic conditions, and tuberculosis, must be simultaneous antibiotic therapy.
The children in the period of growth GCS should be used only if absolutely indicated and under close medical supervision.
Externally Prednisolone should not be used for more than 14 days. In case of application for ordinary or pink acne perhaps exacerbation.
Prednisolone drug interactions
Simultaneous administration of Prednisolone with:
Prednisolone in case of emergency / overdose
Risk of overdose increases with prolonged use of prednisone, particularly in large doses.
Symptoms: increased blood pressure, peripheral edema, increased side effects of the drug.
Treatment of acute overdose: an immediate gastric lavage or induction of vomiting, specific antidote is not found.
Treatment of chronic overdose: should reduce the dose of the drug.
Prednisolone pharmaceutical active ingredients containing related brand and generic drugs:
Active ingredient is the part of the drug or medicine which is biologically active. This portion of the drug is responsible for the main action of the drug which is intended to cure or reduce the symptom or disease. The other portions of the drug which are inactive are called excipients; there role is to act as vehicle or binder. In contrast to active ingredient, the inactive ingredient's role is not significant in the cure or treatment of the disease. There can be one or more active ingredients in a drug.
Prednisolone available forms, composition, doses:
Form of the medicine is the form in which the medicine is marketed in the market, for example, a medicine X can be in the form of capsule or the form of chewable tablet or the form of tablet. Sometimes same medicine can be available as injection form. Each medicine cannot be in all forms but can be marketed in 1, 2, or 3 forms which the pharmaceutical company decided based on various background research results.
Composition is the list of ingredients which combinedly form a medicine. Both active ingredients and inactive ingredients form the composition. The active ingredient gives the desired therapeutic effect whereas the inactive ingredient helps in making the medicine stable.
Doses are various strengths of the medicine like 10mg, 20mg, 30mg and so on. Each medicine comes in various doses which is decided by the manufacturer, that is, pharmaceutical company. The dose is decided on the severity of the symptom or disease.
Prednisolone destination | category:
Destination is defined as the organism to which the drug or medicine is targeted. For most of the drugs what we discuss, human is the drug destination.
Drug category can be defined as major classification of the drug. For example, an antihistaminic or an antipyretic or anti anginal or pain killer, anti-inflammatory or so.
Prednisolone Anatomical Therapeutic Chemical codes:
A medicine is classified depending on the organ or system it acts [Anatomical], based on what result it gives on what disease, symptom [Therapeutical], based on chemical composition [Chemical]. It is called as ATC code. The code is based on Active ingredients of the medicine. A medicine can have different codes as sometimes it acts on different organs for different indications. Same way, different brands with same active ingredients and same indications can have same ATC code.
Prednisolone pharmaceutical companies:
Pharmaceutical companies are drug manufacturing companies that help in complete development of the drug from the background research to formation, clinical trials, release of the drug into the market and marketing of the drug.
Researchers are the persons who are responsible for the scientific research and is responsible for all the background clinical trials that resulted in the development of the drug.
Frequently asked QuestionsCan i drive or operate heavy machine after consuming Prednisolone?
Depending on the reaction of the Prednisolone after taken, if you are feeling dizziness, drowsiness or any weakness as a reaction on your body, Then consider Prednisolone not safe to drive or operate heavy machine after consumption. Meaning that, do not drive or operate heavy duty machines after taking the capsule if the capsule has a strange reaction on your body like dizziness, drowsiness. As prescribed by a pharmacist, it is dangerous to take alcohol while taking medicines as it exposed patients to drowsiness and health risk. Please take note of such effect most especially when taking Primosa capsule. It's advisable to consult your doctor on time for a proper recommendation and medical consultations.Is Prednisolone addictive or habit forming?
Medicines are not designed with the mind of creating an addiction or abuse on the health of the users. Addictive Medicine is categorically called Controlled substances by the government. For instance, Schedule H or X in India and schedule II-V in the US are controlled substances.
Please consult the medicine instruction manual on how to use and ensure it is not a controlled substance.In conclusion, self medication is a killer to your health. Consult your doctor for a proper prescription, recommendation, and guidiance.
Reviewsdrugs.com conducted a study on Prednisolone, and the result of the survey is set out below. It is noteworthy that the product of the survey is based on the perception and impressions of the visitors of the website as well as the views of Prednisolone consumers. We, as a result of this, advice that you do not base your therapeutic or medical decisions on this result, but rather consult your certified medical experts for their recommendations.
One visitor reported usefulHow is the drug Prednisolone useful in reducing or relieving the symptoms? How useful is it?
According to the survey conducted by the website sdrugs.com, there are variable results and below are the percentages of the users that say the medicine is useful to them and that say it is not helping them much. It is not ideal to continue taking the medication if you feel it is not helping you much. Contact your healthcare provider to check if there is a need to change the medicine or if there is a need to re-evaluate your condition. The usefulness of the medicine may vary from patient to patient, depending on the other diseases he is suffering from and slightly depends on the brand name.
Visitor reported side effectsNo survey data has been collected yet
One visitor reported price estimatesWhat is your opinion about drug cost? Did you feel the cost is apt, or did you feel it is expensive?
The report given by the sdrugs.com website users shows the following figures about several people who felt the medicine Prednisolone is expensive, and the medicine is not expensive. The results are mixed. The perception of the cost of the medicine to be expensive or not depends on the brand name of the medicine, country, and place where it is sold, and the affordability of the patient. You can choose a generic drug in the place of the branded drug to save the cost. The efficiency of the medicine will not vary if it is generic or a branded one.
One visitor reported frequency of useHow often in a day do you take the medicine?
Are you taking the Prednisolone drug as prescribed by the doctor?
Few medications can be taken Twice in a day more than prescribed when the doctor's advice mentions the medicine can be taken according to frequency or severity of symptoms. Most times, be very careful and clear about the number of times you are taking the medication. The report of sdrugs.com website users about the frequency of taking the drug Prednisolone is mentioned below.
Six visitors reported dosesWhat is the dose of Prednisolone drug you are taking?
According to the survey conducted among sdrugs.com website users, the maximum number of people are using the following dose 1-5mg. Few medications come in only one or two doses. Few are specific for adult dose and child dose. The dose of the medicine given to the patient depends on the severity of the symptom/disease. There can be dose adjustments made by the doctor, based on the progression of the disease. Follow-up is important.
Four visitors reported time for resultsWhat is the time duration Prednisolone drug must be taken for it to be effective or for it to reduce the symptoms?
Most chronic conditions need at least some time so the dose and the drug action gets adjusted to the body to get the desired effect. The stastistics say sdrugs.com website users needed 2 weeks to notice the result from using Prednisolone drug. The time needed to show improvement in health condition after using the medicine Prednisolone need not be same for all the users. It varies based on other factors.
Two visitors reported administrationThe drugs are administered in various routes, like oral or injection form. They are administered before food or after food. How are you taking Prednisolone drug, before food or after food?
Click here to find out how other users of our website are taking it. For any doubts or queries on how and when the medicine is administered, contact your health care provider immediately.
Four visitors reported age
The information was verified by Dr. Arunabha Ray, MD Pharmacology