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Prednisolone 25mg Tablets
PREDNISOLONE 25MG TABLETS
Patient Information Leaflet
Important things you need to know about Prednisolone
Now read the rest of this leaflet. It includes other important information on the safe and effective use of this medicine that might be especially important for you
Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start taking this medicine
In this leaflet:
1. What Prednisolone is and what it is used for
2. Before you take Prednisolone
3. How to take Prednisolone
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Prednisolone
6. Further information
1. WHAT PREDNISOLONE IS AND WHAT IT IS USED FOR
The name of your medicine is Prednisolone 25mg Tablets (called Prednisolone throughout this leaflet). Prednisolone is a steroid medicine. Their full name is glucocorticoids.
How Prednisolone works
Prednisolone can be used to treat:
2. BEFORE YOU TAKE PREDNISOLONE
Do not take this medicine and tell your doctor if:
Do not take this medicine if any of the above apply to you. If you are not sure, talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking prednisolone.
Take special care and check with your doctor before you take prednisolone if:
If any of the above applies to you, talk to a doctor before taking prednisolone.
Mental problems while taking prednisolone
Mental health problems can happen while taking steroids like prednisolone (see also section 4 Possible Side Effects)
Talk to a doctor if you (or someone taking this medicine), show any signs of mental problems. This is particularly important if you are depressed, or might be thinking about suicide. In a few cases, mental problems have happened when doses are being lowered or stopped.
Check with your doctor before taking this medicine if:
If any of the above apply to you, your doctor may want to see you more often during your treatment.
Contact your doctor if you experience blurred vision or other visual disturbances.
Prednisolone can cause enlargement of the heart in premature babies. The doctor may need to monitor babies receiving this medicine.
Taking other medicines
Please tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking or have recently taken any other medicines. This includes medicines obtained without a prescription, including herbal medicines. This is because prednisolone and other medicines can affect the way each other work.
In particular, check with your doctor if you are taking any of the following medicines. Your doctor may want to change the dose of prednisolone, or the other medicine.
Some medicines may increase the effects of prednisolone and your doctor may wish to monitor you carefully if you are taking these medicines (including some medicines for HIV: ritonavir, cobicistat).
If you have just had any injections or vaccinations, tell your doctor before you take prednisolone. If you are going to have any injections or vaccinations, tell your doctor or nurse you are taking prednisolone. This includes those needed for a foreign holiday. Some vaccines should not be given to patients taking prednisolone. This is because prednisolone can affect the way some vaccines work.
If you are going to have an operation, tell your doctor or nurse you are taking prednisolone. Muscle relaxants are sometimes used during an operation or in an intensive care unit. These and prednisolone can affect one another.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding
Talk to your doctor before taking prednisolone if:
Prednisolone and infections
Taking Prednisolone can mean that you get infections more easily than usual, and these infections can be more serious
Chicken pox or shingles
If you get chickenpox or shingles while taking prednisolone, you can become seriously ill.
Blue steroid card
Important information about some of the ingredients in Prednisolone
This medicine contains lactose. If you have been told that you cannot digest or tolerate some sugars, talk to your doctor before taking this medicine.
3. HOW TO TAKE PREDNISOLONE
Always take prednisolone exactly as your doctor has told you. The dose will depend on the illness being treated and any other medicines you are taking. You should check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.
Taking this medicine
Always follow your doctor's advice about how and when to take your medicine and always read the label on the pack. If you are not sure, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
If you take more Prednisolone than you should
Tell your doctor or go to the nearest hospital casualty department straight away. Remember to take with you any tablets that are left and the pack. This is so the doctor knows what you have taken.
If you forget to take Prednisolone
If you forget to take a dose take it as soon as you remember, unless it is time for your next dose. Do not take a double dose to make up for a forgotten dose.
You may also notice the following symptoms if you stop treatment with prednisolone. If this happens, tell a doctor straightaway as these could be signs of a serious illness:
4. POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS
Like all medicines, Prednisolone can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.
Stop taking your medicine and see a doctor or go to a hospital straight away if:
Serious effects: Tell a doctor straight away if you notice any of the following side effects:
Steroids including prednisolone can cause serious mental health problems. These are common in both adults and children. They can affect about 5 in every 100 people taking medicines like prednisolone. These side effects include:
Other serious side effects include:
If you notice any of these problems talk to a doctor straight away.
Other side effects:
If any of these side effects gets serious or lasts longer than a few days, or if you notice any side effects not listed in the leaflet, please tell your doctor or pharmacist.
Some of the above effects are more likely to happen if you are elderly
Prednisolone can cause enlargement of the heart in premature babies.
Children and teenagers taking this medicine may grow less than normal. If you think this is happening to a child, tell your doctor.
Reporting of side effects
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor or, pharmacist or nurse. This includes any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. You can also report side effects directly via the Yellow Card Scheme at: www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard or search for MHRA Yellow Card in the Google Play or Apple App Store. By reporting side effects you can help provide more information on the safety of this medicine.
5. HOW TO STORE PREDNISOLONE
6. FURTHER INFORMATION
What Prednisolone 25mg Tablets contain:
Each tablet contains 25mg of the active ingredient, prednisolone.
Other ingredients are: lactose, potato starch, pregelatinised maize starch, magnesium stearate and purified talc.
What Prednisolone 25mg Tablets look like and contents of the pack:
Prednisolone 25mg tablets are white, round, bevel edged tablets with a break line on one side and plain on the other.
This medicine comes in blister packs of 56 tablets.
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This leaflet was revised November 2017.