Prednisone is a very commonly used corticosteroid. Prednisone prevents the release of agents in the body that cause inflammation to occur. It is therefore a very potent medicine to stop swelling and inflammation  This medication is used for several different conditions. Some of the common reasons Prednisone is given are, new swelling, allergic reactions or disorders, certain skin conditions, bowel disorders, certain types of Arthritis, Lupus, Psoriasis, Respiratory conditions such as asthma or COPD and many others not listed. Prednisone is NOT an antibiotic.

How Should I Use This Medicine?

Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on your prescription label. Take this medicine with food. If you are taking this medicine once a day, take it in the morning. Do not take more medicine than you are told to take. You may take your daily tablets together or you may take them separately throughout the day.

Over dosage: If you think you have taken too much of this medicine contact a poison control center or emergency room at once.  

Where Should I Keep My Medicine?

Keep out of reach of children. Store at room temperature between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C). Protect from light. Keep container tightly closed. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.

What Should I Watch For While Using This Medicine?

If you are going to have surgery, tell your health care professional that you have taken this medicine within the last twelve months. Ask your provider about your diet. You may need to lower the amount of salt you eat. This medicine may increase blood sugar levels. If you have diabetes, check with your provider before you change your diet or the dose of your diabetic medication.

NOTE: This is a summary. It does not cover all possible information. If you have questions about this medicine, talk to your doctor, pharmacist, or health care provider. For a full list of possible side effects visit