POM: Prescription only medicine
The Patient Information Leaflet (PIL) is the leaflet included in the pack with a medicine. It is written for patients and gives information about taking or using a medicine. It is possible that the leaflet in your medicine pack may differ from this version because it may have been updated since your medicine was packaged.
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Prednisolone 1mg & 5mg Tablets
PACKAGE LEAFLET: INFORMATION FOR THE USER
Prednisolone 1mg and 5mg Tablets
(Referred to as Prednisolone Tablets in the remainder of the leaflet)
Prednisolone Leaflet - Headlines
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.
You should keep this leaflet throughout your course of treatment.
Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start taking this medicine because it contains important information for you.
What is in this leaflet:
1) What Prednisolone Tablets are and what they are used for
2) What you need to know before you take Prednisolone Tablets
3) How to take Prednisolone Tablets
4) Possible side effects
5) How to store Prednisolone Tablets
6) Contents of the pack and other information
1. What Prednisolone Tablets are and what they are used for
The name of your medicine is Prednisolone Tablets.
The active ingredient in your medicine is prednisolone. Prednisolone belongs to a group of medicines called steroids. Their full name is corticosteroids.
These corticosteroids occur naturally in the body, and help to maintain health and well-being.
Boosting your body with extra corticosteroids (such as Prednisolone Tablets) is an effective way to treat various illnesses involving inflammation in the body. Prednisolone reduces this inflammation, which could otherwise go on making your condition worse. You must take this medicine regularly to get maximum benefit from it.
2. What you need to know before you take Prednisolone Tablets
Do not take Prednisolone Tablets if you:
Warnings and precautions
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist or nurse before taking Prednisolone Tablets if:
If any of these apply to you, talk to your doctor before taking Prednisolone Tablets.
Also talk to your doctor before taking Prednisolone Tablets if you have:
Children and adolescents
Talk to your doctor before giving this medicine to babies, children or adolescents as it may slow their growth.
Treatment of the elderly: If you are an elderly patient speak to your doctor before taking Prednisolone Tablets. You may need to be supervised closely to avoid any life threatening reactions as you may have an increased risk of infections, weakening of the bones, high blood pressure, diabetes, increased potassium levels in your blood or thinning of your skin.
Chickenpox and Shingles: If you come into contact with chicken pox or shingles within 3 months of taking Prednisolone contact your doctor immediately.
Measles: Keep away from people who have measles. If you do come into contact with measles, see your doctor immediately.
Mental health problems while taking Prednisolone Tablets
Mental health problems can occur while taking this medicine (read section 4. Possible side effects for more information)
Talk to your doctor if you (or someone taking this medicine), show any signs of mental health problems. This is particularly important if you are depressed, or might be thinking about suicide. In a few cases, mental health problems have been experienced when doses are being lowered or stopped.
Other medicines and Prednisolone Tablets
Please tell your doctor or pharmacist or nurse if you are taking, have recently taken or might take any other medicines, including medicines obtained without a prescription. Some medicines may increase the effects of Prednisolone Tablets and your doctor may wish to monitor you carefully if you are taking these medicines (including some medicines for HIV: ritonavir, cobicistat). The following medicines can affect or can be affected by Prednisolone Tablets:
Prednisolone Tablets may also reduce the effectiveness of the contraceptive coil (IUD or intra-uterine device) in preventing pregnancy.
If you have any doubts about whether you should take this medicine, talk to your doctor.
Prednisolone Tablets with food and drink
Prednisolone Tablets should be swallowed with water. You can take Prednisolone Tablets before or after a meal.
Avoid eating liquorice whilst taking Prednisolone Tablets.
Pregnancy, breast-feeding and fertility
If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, think you may be pregnant or are planning to have a baby, ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before taking this medicine. Your doctor will decide if you should take them.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before taking any medicine.
Driving and using machines
If you feel dizzy or tired after taking prednisolone do not drive or operate machinery until these effects have worn off.
Prednisolone Tablets contain lactose
If you have been told by your doctor that you have an intolerance to some sugars, contact your doctor before taking this medicinal product.
3. How to take Prednisolone Tablets
Always take this medicine exactly as your doctor or pharmacist has told you. Check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.
You need to take Prednisolone Tablets regularly to get the maximum benefit.
Swallow Prednisolone Tablets whole (do not chew) with water. Take your tablets with or after food.
Adults and Elderly
Your doctor may start your treatment with the lowest dose for a minimum period of time to minimise side effects.
Your doctor may decide to start your treatment with Prednisolone Tablets at a dose of 5mg to 60mg taken daily either in several doses throughout the day, or as a single dose in the morning after breakfast, or as a double dose on alternate days. The dose may be lowered after a few days to 2.5mg to 15mg per day, but your doctor may decide higher doses may be needed for several weeks or months.
Use in children
Prednisolone Tablets may be given to children very rarely to treat specific conditions. The smallest dose may be given for the shortest time possible.
If you take more Prednisolone Tablets than you should
Tell your doctor or go to your nearest hospital straight away. Take any Prednisolone Tablets that are left and this leaflet with you.
If you forget to take Prednisolone Tablets
If you forget a dose, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, then do not take the missed dose at all. Do not take a double dose to make up for a forgotten dose.
If you stop taking Prednisolone Tablets
Do not stop taking this medicine without talking to your doctor – you may need to reduce the dose gradually.
Your doctor will decide how to lower the dose gradually depending on how long you have been taking Prednisolone Tablets, how you are responding to the treatment, your normal dose and what you are being treated for.
If treatment is stopped too quickly it can lead to severe problems of the adrenal gland. You may also experience ‘withdrawal symptoms’ which include fever, muscular pain, weakness, joint pain, runny nose, an eye infection (conjunctivitis), painful itchy skin lumps, loss of weight, mental changes, mood changes, feeling sick and/or being sick, low blood pressure, feeling faint, headache, dizziness and reappearance of your disease symptoms.
Children may also experience swelling of the nerves in the eyes due to increase in pressure in and around the brain. Fits/seizures may also be aggravated.
If you have any further questions on the use of this medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist or nurse.
4. Possible side effects
Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.
Stop taking Prednisolone Tablets and contact your doctor straight away if the following allergic reaction happens:
If you experience any severe allergic reaction, contact your doctor or nearest hospital casualty department immediately.
If you experience any serious side effects tell your doctor straight away.
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 Tablets.
If you notice any of these problems talk to your doctor straight away:
Other side effects that may be experienced while taking this medicine are:
Side effects where the frequency is not known:
Scleroderma renal crisis in patients already suffering from scleroderma (an autoimmune disorder).
Signs of scleroderma renal crisis include increased blood pressure and decreased urine production.
Reporting of side effects
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse. This includes any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. You can also report side effects directly (see details below). By reporting side effects you can help provide more information on the safety of this medicine.
5. How to store Prednisolone Tablets
Keep this medicine out of the sight and reach of children.
Do not throw away medicines via wastewater or household waste. Ask your pharmacist how to throw away medicines you no longer use. These measures will help protect the environment.
6. Contents of the pack and other information
What Prednisolone Tablets contain
The active ingredient is prednisolone.
Each Prednisolone 1mg Tablet contains 1mg of prednisolone. Each Prednisolone 5mg Tablets contains 5mg of prednisolone.
The other ingredients are lactose, maize starch, stearic acid, purified talc and magnesium stearate.
What Prednisolone Tablets look like and contents of the pack:
Prednisolone 1mg Tablets are white circular, flat-faced tablets with a break line and marked CP on one side and PL1 on the other side.
Prednisolone 5mg Tablets are white circular, flat-faced tablets with a break line and marked CP on one side and PL5 on the other side.
Both strengths of tablet are available in 1000 tablet containers or 28 tablet blister packs.
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This leaflet was last revised in 09/2017.