- prednisolone sodium phosphate
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Soluble Prednisolone Tablets 5 mg
Package leaflet: Information for the user
Soluble Prednisolone 5 mg Tablets
Prednisolone sodium phosphate
Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start using this medicine because it contains important information for you.
The full name of this medicine is Soluble Prednisolone 5mg Tablets but within the leaflet it will be referred to as Soluble Prednisolone Tablets.
What is in this leaflet
1. What Soluble Prednisolone Tablets are and what they are used for
2. What you need to know before you take Soluble Prednisolone Tablets
3. How to take Soluble Prednisolone Tablets
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Soluble Prednisolone Tablets
6. Contents of the pack and other information
1. WHAT SOLUBLE PREDNISOLONE TABLETS ARE AND WHAT THEY ARE USED FOR
The name of your medicine is Soluble Prednisolone Tablets. This medicine contains the active ingredient prednisolone which belongs to a group of medicines called corticosteroids or “steroids”. These corticosteroids occur naturally in the body, and help to maintain health and well-being. Boosting your body with extra corticosteroid (such as Prednisolone) is an effective way to treat various illnesses involving inflammation in the body. You must take this medicine regularly to get maximum benefit from it.
Steroids work by reducing inflammation and lowering the body’s immune response.
Soluble Prednisolone Tablets are used to treat a variety of inflammatory diseases including severe asthma, rheumatoid arthritis, allergic reactions, bowel diseases, severe skin conditions, kidney disorders and some blood disorders.
2. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE YOU TAKE SOLUBLE PREDNISOLONE TABLETS
Do not take Soluble Prednisolone Tablets:
Warnings and precautions
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking Soluble Prednisolone Tablets if you have or ever had:
If any of the above applies to you or you are not sure please tell your doctor or pharmacist before you use this medicine.
Mental health problems while taking Prednisolone
Mental health problems can occur 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 health problems. This is particularly important if you are depressed or might be thinking about suicide. In a few cases, mental health problems have happened when doses are being lowered or the medicine stopped altogether.
Contact your doctor if you experience blurred vision or other visual disturbances.
Other medicines and Soluble Prednisolone Tablets
Tell your doctor if you are taking, have recently taken or might take any other medicines, including medicines obtained without a prescription.
This is especially important if you are taking:
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.
Driving and using machines
This medicine should not affect your ability to drive or use machines.
Carrying a Steroid card
Your doctor or pharmacist will have given you a Steroid Treatment Card with your prescription or medicine.
YOU SHOULD ALWAYS CARRY THIS CARD WITH YOU as it must be shown to any of the following persons:
Doctor or Nurse - before having any surgery or emergency treatment or if any new treatment is prescribed.
Dentist - before having any dental surgery.
Pharmacist - before buying any medicine.
Optician - it is advisable to have regular eye tests.
Soluble Prednisolone Tablets contain sodium
This medicinal product contains sodium 27.24 mg per tablet. To be taken into consideration by patients on a controlled sodium diet.
3. HOW TO TAKE SOLUBLE 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.
The recommended dose is:
The dose will depend on the condition you are being treated for and can vary between 10 mg and 100 mg daily. Your doctor will always reduce the dose to the smallest dose that works for you.
Use in children and adolescents:
To treat asthma attacks:
Children above 2 years - the doctor will decide the most appropriate dose to treat your child.
Children under 2 years - may be treated in the hospital. Treatment for up to three days is usually enough, but may be longer.
Method of administration:
The tablets can be swallowed whole, but they are best taken as a drink after dissolving them in a glass of water. Take your tablets as a single dose each morning, unless your doctor has told you otherwise.
If you take more Soluble Prednisolone Tablets than you should
If you take more Soluble Prednisolone Tablets than you should, contact your doctor or nearest hospital emergency department immediately. Remember to take this leaflet and/or the package with you to show the doctor what you have taken.
If you forget to take Soluble Prednisolone Tablets
If you forget to take Soluble Prednisolone Tablets, take the next dose as soon as you remember unless it is almost time for your next dose. Do not take a double dose to make up for a forgotten dose.
If you stop taking Soluble Prednisolone Tablets
Do not stop taking the tablets unless you have been told to do so by your doctor, even if you feel better, as it can make you ill. It can cause withdrawal symptoms such as fever, sickness, pain in the muscles and joints, runny nose, sore, red and sticky eyes (conjunctivitis), itchy skin and weight loss.
Talk to your doctor if you want to stop taking the tablets – your doctor may want to reduce your dose gradually.
If you have any further questions on the use of this medicine, ask your doctor, pharmacist or nurse.
4. POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS
Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them. Steroids including prednisolone can cause severe mental health problems.
These are common in both adults and children. They can affect about five in every 100 people taking medicines like Prednisolone.
If you notice any of these problems talk to a doctor immediately.
If you notice;
Stop taking the tablets and tell your doctor immediately. These may be signs of an allergic reaction.
The side effects which can occur if steroids are given in high doses for a long time are:
Not known (frequency cannot be estimated from the available data)
Kaposi's sarcoma (a type of cancer consisting of raised, red, purple or brown skin lesion) has also been reported to occur in patients receiving corticosteroids. Stopping treatment may alleviate these symptoms.
Soluble Prednisolone Tablets can make it easier for you to pick up infections which may very rarely be fatal. Infections such as chicken-pox and measles can be made worse or TB (tuberculosis) may recur.
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 via the Yellow Card Scheme Website: 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.
If any of the side effects becomes severe, or if you notice any side effects not listed in this leaflet, please tell your doctor or pharmacist immediately.
5. HOW TO STORE SOLUBLE PREDNISOLONE TABLETS
Keep this medicine out of the sight and reach of children.
Do not use this medicine after the expiry date which is printed on the carton and foil after EXP. The expiry date refers to the last day of that month.
Store your tablets in a safe place below 25°C. Protect from light.
Do not throw away any 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. CONTENT OF THE PACK AND OTHER INFORMATION
What Soluble Prednisolone Tablets contain
The active substance is prednisolone (as sodium phosphate) 5 mg.
The other ingredients are: povidone, sodium acid citrate, sodium bicarbonate, sodium benzoate (E211), erythrosine (E127) and saccharin sodium.
What Soluble Prednisolone Tablets look like and the contents of the pack
The tablets are small, pink soluble tablets engraved with ‘Pred 5 Sov’ on one side and scored on the reverse. The tablets are foil strip packed and supplied in cartons of 30 or 100 tablets.
Not all pack sizes may be marketed.
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This leaflet was last revised in February 2019
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