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All about: Prelone Syrup

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Generic Name: Prednisolone Syrup (pred-NISS-oh-lone)
Brand Name: Prelone

Prelone Syrup is used for:

Treating allergies, arthritis, breathing problems (eg, asthma), certain blood disorders, collagen diseases (eg, lupus), certain eye diseases (eg, keratitis), cancer (eg, leukemia), endocrine problems (eg, adrenocortical insufficiency), intestinal problems (eg, ulcerative colitis), swelling due to certain conditions, or skin conditions (eg, psoriasis). It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.

Prelone Syrup is a corticosteroid. It works by modifying the body's immune response to various conditions and decreasing inflammation.

Do NOT use Prelone Syrup if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Prelone Syrup
  • you have a systemic fungal infection, a certain type of malaria, inflammation of the optic nerve, or herpes infection of the eye
  • you are scheduled to have a live or attenuated live vaccination (eg, smallpox)
  • you are taking mifepristone

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

Before using Prelone Syrup:

Some medical conditions may interact with Prelone Syrup. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
  • if you have a history of heart problems (eg, congestive heart failure), heart attack, high blood pressure, kidney problems, liver problems, diabetes, seizures, an underactive thyroid, adrenal gland problems, or any mental or mood problems
  • if you currently have or have recently had a fungal, bacterial, viral, or other type of infection; herpes infection of the eye; chickenpox; measles; or shingles
  • if you have HIV infection, tuberculosis (TB) infection, or if you have had ever had a positive TB skin test
  • if you have any stomach problems (eg, ulcers), intestinal problems (eg, blockage, perforation, or infection; unexplained diarrhea; diverticulitis; ulcerative colitis), recent intestinal surgery, or inflammation of the esophagus
  • if you have weak bones (eg, osteoporosis) or muscle problems (eg, myasthenia gravis)
  • if you have had a recent vaccination (eg, smallpox)

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Prelone Syrup. Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:

  • Barbiturates (eg, phenobarbital), carbamazepine, ephedrine, hydantoins (eg, phenytoin), or rifampin because they may decrease Prelone Syrup's effectiveness
  • Clarithromycin, cyclosporine, estrogens (eg, estradiol), oral contraceptives (eg, birth control pills), or ketoconazole because they may increase the risk of Prelone Syrup's side effects
  • Anticholinesterases (eg, pyridostigmine), aspirin, methotrexate, mifepristone, ritodrine, water pills (eg, hydrochlorothiazide, furosemide), or live or attenuated live vaccines because the risk of their side effects may be increased by Prelone Syrup
  • Anticoagulants (eg, warfarin) or killed or inactivated vaccines because their effectiveness may be decreased by Prelone Syrup

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Prelone Syrup may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use Prelone Syrup:

Use Prelone Syrup as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Take Prelone Syrup by mouth with food.
  • Use a measuring device marked for medicine dosing. Ask your pharmacist for help if you are unsure of how to measure your dose.
  • If you miss a dose of Prelone Syrup, take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Prelone Syrup.

Important safety information:

  • Prelone Syrup may lower the ability of your body to fight infection. Avoid contact with people who have colds or infections. Tell your doctor if you notice signs of infection like fever, sore throat, rash, or chills.
  • If you have not had chickenpox, shingles, or measles, avoid contact with anyone who does.
  • If you are taking Prelone Syrup regularly over a long period of time, carry an ID card at all times that says you take Prelone Syrup.
  • Do not receive a live vaccine (eg, measles, mumps) while you are taking Prelone Syrup. Talk with your doctor before you receive any vaccine.
  • Tell your doctor or dentist that you take Prelone Syrup before you receive any medical or dental care, emergency care, or surgery.
  • Diabetes patients - Prelone Syrup may affect your blood sugar. Check blood sugar levels closely. Ask your doctor before you change the dose of your diabetes medicine.
  • Lab tests, including adrenal function tests, may be performed while you use Prelone Syrup. These tests may be used to monitor your condition or check for side effects. Be sure to keep all doctor and lab appointments.
  • Caution is advised when using Prelone Syrup in CHILDREN; they may be more sensitive to its effects.
  • Corticosteroids may affect growth rate in CHILDREN and teenagers in some cases. They may need regular growth checks while they take Prelone Syrup.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using Prelone Syrup while you are pregnant. Prelone Syrup is found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use Prelone Syrup, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.

If you are on long-term or high dosage therapy and you suddenly stop taking Prelone Syrup, you may have WITHDRAWAL symptoms, including fever, vomiting, appetite loss, diarrhea, nausea, dizziness, weight loss, weakness, general body discomfort, joint or muscle pain.

Possible side effects of Prelone Syrup:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Acne; clumsiness; dizziness; facial flushing; feeling of a whirling motion; general body discomfort; headache; increased appetite; increased sweating; nausea; nervousness; sleeplessness; upset stomach.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); black, tarry stools; changes in body fat; changes in menstrual period; changes in skin color; chest pain; easy bruising or bleeding; infection (eg, fever, chills, sore throat); mental or mood changes (eg, depression); muscle pain, weakness, or wasting; seizures; severe nausea or vomiting; sudden severe dizziness or headache; swelling of feet or legs; tendon or bone pain; thinning of skin; unusual skin sensation; unusual weight gain; vision changes or other eye problems; vomit that looks like coffee grounds.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions or need medical advice about side effects, contact your doctor or health care provider. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 (1-800-332-1088) or at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center (http://www.aapcc.org/findyour.htm), or emergency room immediately.

Proper storage of Prelone Syrup:

Store Prelone Syrup at room temperature, between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C), in a tightly closed container. Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not refrigerate. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep Prelone Syrup out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about Prelone Syrup, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Prelone Syrup is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.

This information is a summary only. It does not contain all information about Prelone Syrup. If you have questions about the medicine you are taking or would like more information, check with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.

Issue Date: September 5, 2007
Database Edition 07.3.1.003
Copyright © 2007 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

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