prednisolone (Flo-Pred, Pediapred, Orapred, Orapred ODT)

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GENERIC NAME: prednisolone (oral)

BRAND NAMES: Flo-Pred, Pediapred, Orapred, Orapred ODT

DRUG CLASS AND MECHANISM: Prednisolone is a synthetic adrenal corticosteroid (cortisone). Corticosteroids are natural substances produced by the adrenal glands located adjacent to the kidneys. Corticosteroids have potent anti-inflammatory properties, and are used in a wide variety of inflammatory conditions such as arthritis, colitis, asthma, bronchitis, certain skin rashes, and allergic or inflammatory conditions of the nose and eyes. There are numerous preparations of corticosteroids including tablets, capsules, liquids, topical creams and gels, inhalers, eye drops, as well as injectable and intravenous solutions. The FDA approved prednisolone in June 1955.

PRESCRIPTION: Yes

GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes

PREPARATIONS:

  • Tablets: 5 mg.
  • Tablets (Disintegrating): 10, 15, 30 mg
  • Syrup or Suspension: 5, 10, 15, 20 or 25 mg/5 ml (teaspoon).

STORAGE: Store at room temperature, 15 C to 30 C (59 F to 86 F). Do not refrigerate.

PRESCRIBED FOR: Prednisolone is used to achieve prompt suppression of inflammation from inflammatory and allergic conditions. Examples of inflammatory conditions include rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus, acute gouty arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, ulcerative colitis, and Crohn's disease. Severe allergic conditions that fail conventional treatment may also respond to prednisolone. Examples include bronchial asthma, allergic rhinitis (hay fever), drug-induced dermatitis, and contact and atopic dermatitis. Chronic skin conditions treated with prednisolone include dermatitis herpetiformis, pemphigus, severe psoriasis and severe seborrheic dermatitis. Chronic allergic and inflammatory conditions of the uvea, iris, conjunctiva, and optic nerves of the eyes are also treated with prednisolone.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 8/7/2014



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