Drug group Corticosteroid

Overdose danger rating Low

Dependence rating Low

Prescription needed Yes

Available as generic Yes


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Be sure to tell your doctor if:

▼      You have had a peptic ulcer.

▼      You have glaucoma.

▼      You have had tuberculosis. T You suffer from depression. T You have any infection.

▼      You have diabetes.

▼ You have osteoporosis. T You are taking other medications.

Avoid exposure to chickenpox or shingles if you are on systemic treatment.


▼       No evidence of risk with drops or joint injections. Given by tablets in low doses, harm to the fetus is unlikely. Discuss with your doctor.


▼       No evidence of risk with drops or injections. Taken by mouth, it passes into the breast milk, but at low doses adverse effects on the baby are unlikely. Discuss with your doctor.

Infants and children

▼       Only given when essential. Reduced dose may be necessary.

Over 60

▼     Increased likelihood of adverse effects. Reduced dose may therefore be necessary.

Driving and hazardous work

▼     No known problems.


▼ Alcohol may increase the risk of peptic ulcers with prednisolone taken by mouth or injection; keep consumption low. No problems with other forms.

Prednisolone  PROLONGED USE

Prolonged systemic use is recommended only wheh essential as it can lead to such adverse effects as diabetes, glaucoma, cataracts, and fragile bones, arid may retard growth in children. Dosages are usually tailored to minimize these effects.