GENERIC NAME: CORTICOSTEROIDS - ORAL
USES: This medication is a corticosteroid. It reduces swelling. It is used for many conditions, among them: allergic reactions, skin diseases (psoriasis, hives), breathing problems; certain cancers, blood disorders, and eye problems; arthritis, digestive problems, and for hormone replacement.
HOW TO USE: Take with food or immediately after a meal to prevent stomach upset. Take this medication as prescribed. Follow the dosing schedule carefully. Be sure to ask your doctor if you have any questions. If you are taking this medication only once a day, it should be taken in the morning before 9 a.m. The liquid (suspension) form must be shaken well before each use. First use of suspension may require shaking for 5 to 7 minutes. After the first use, no more than 30 seconds of shaking should be required to mix all the ingredients well. If you have been taking this medication for a long time, do not suddenly stop taking it without your doctor's approval. Your dose may need to be gradually reduced. You may experience extreme fatigue, weakness, stomach upset or dizziness when the medication is suddenly stopped.
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