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Prednisolone

Prednisolone contains the active ingredient prednisolone and is a type of medicine known as a corticosteroid (adrenal cortex hormone). Prednisolone works by preventing or reducing certain (auto) immune responses in the body and is used to treat many different conditions.    

What is Prednisolone?

Prednisolone contains the active ingredient prednisolone and is a type of medicine known as a corticosteroid (adrenal cortex hormone). Prednisolone works by preventing or reducing certain (auto) immune responses in the body and is used to treat many different conditions.

 

 

When is it used?

Doctors may prescribe Prednisolone for a number of uses, including fertility problems. One of the causes of reduced fertility is immunological infertility. Immunological infertility is result of an immune system disorder in which the body produces antibodies that damage male sperm cells, preventing them from moving fast or penetrating the uterus. Sperm antibodies can be produced by both men and women. Prednisolone helps to suppress the body’s anti-immune response, thereby increasing the chance of fertilisation.
In some cases, Prednisolone is also used to treat women who have had multiple miscarriages. Prednisolone can help prevent a fertilised egg from being rejected.

 

 

 

 

How to use Prednisolone

Prednisolone tablets should be taken at set times each day. If you have a sensitive stomach, it is best to take them with meals to avoid stomach distress. Swallow the enteric-coated (EC) tablets whole with some liquid, either before or after your meal. Do not take a stomach acid inhibitor with the EC tablets as this will prematurely dissolve the enteric coating.

 

 

 

 

Dosage

Prednisolone is available in the following strengths: 1 mg, 2.5 mg and 5 mg. Strength, daily dose and duration must be determined by a doctor.

If you have forgotten to take a dose of Prednisolone, you should take it as soon as you remember, unless it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. The time you have to make up for the missed dose depends on the number of tablets you have been prescribed per day. Please consult the package leaflet for more information.

 

 

 

 

Side effects

Prednisolone can cause side effects, although at a low dose it is unlikely to cause any problems. The most commonly reported side effects include:

 

 

 

  • Gastrointestinal symptoms (abdominal pain, stomach ache). Taking the tablets with meals can do a great deal to help prevent these side effects
  • Mood swings (agitation, anxiety, lack of energy, euphoric moods)
  • High blood pressure, ocular hypertension (elevated eye pressure).

See package leaflet for a complete list of possible contraindications, warnings and other side effects.

 

 

 

Alcohol/driving ability

There are no known interactions between alcohol and Prednisolone. Prednisolone generally does not affect your ability to drive a car or operate machinery.