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Pediapred

Generic Name: Prednisolone [pred-NIS-oh-lone]
Names of Brands: Millipred, Orapred ODT, Millipred DP, Pediapred, and Veripred 20
Drug Class: Glucocorticoids

What is Pediapred?

Pediapred is a steroid that blocks the release of chemicals in the body that can cause inflammation.

Pediapred is used to treat a variety of inflammation-related conditions like arthritis as well as lupus, psoriasis, ulcerative colitis, allergies, glandular (endocrine) conditions, and conditions that affect the eyes, skin, lungs, stomach, nervous system, blood cells, or stomach.Pediapred can be used for other purposes that are not covered in this medication guideline.

Side effects of Pediapred

See a doctor immediately. Get medical attention immediately if you notice symptoms that are warning signs of an allergic response, such as hives, difficulty breathing, or swelling of your lips, face, or tongue.

Pediapred could cause severe adverse reactions. Consult your physician immediately if you suffer from:

  • Breathiness (even when exerting only a little), swelling, rapidly gaining weight;
  • Swelling, thin skin, or any other wound that isn't healing;
  • Extreme depression; change in personality; abnormal thoughts or behavior;
  • Unusual or new pains in the leg or arm as well as in the back
  • Bloody or tarry stool that coughs up blood or vomit that resembles coffee grounds
  • Extreme abdominal pain expanding to your back, vomiting, as well as stomach cramps;
  • A seizure (convulsions);
  • Lower potassium—leg cramps, constipation, irregular heartbeats, fluttering around your chest, and increased thirst or urination. You may also experience numbness or the sensation of tingling.

Steroids can affect growth in children. Inform your doctor that your child isn't growing at a normal pace when taking Pediapred.

Common adverse effects of Pediapred can include:

  • Liquid retention (swelling in your ankles, hands, or fingers);
  • Dizziness, spinning sensation;
  • Menstrual changes;
  • Headache;
  • Muscle pain or weakness;
  • Stomach discomfort and bloating.

This is not a comprehensive list of possible side effects, and other side effects could occur. Contact your doctor for advice regarding medical effects. You may report any adverse reactions to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Similar or related drugs

Kesimpta, Betaseron, Prednisone, Albuterol, Doxycycline, Fluticasone, and Dexamethasone

Warnings

This medication is necessary if you suffer from a fungus infection throughout your body.

Before you take this drug

You shouldn't take Pediapred if you have an allergy to the drug or are suffering from:

  • Fungus infection anywhere in your body.

Pediapred could weaken your immune system, which makes it more difficult to contract an infection. Steroids may also aggravate an infection that you already have or trigger an infection that you have had recently. Inform your doctor of any illness or infection that you have experienced in the last few weeks.

To ensure that Pediapred is suitable for you, inform your doctor if you have previously had:

  • Actively tuberculosis;
  • An thyroid disorder;
  • Eyes with a herpes infection;
  • Stomach ulcers, ulcerative colitis, and diverticulitis;
  • Depression, mental illness, or psychosis;
  • Liver disease (especially cirrhosis);
  • Hypertension;
  • Osteoporosis;
  • A muscle disorder, such as myasthenia gravis

Inform your doctor if you suffer from diabetic issues. Steroids can raise the levels of glucose (sugar) in the urine or blood. It is also possible to reduce the dose of diabetes medication.

It isn't known if Pediapred can harm an unborn baby. Inform your doctor if you are expecting or planning to be pregnant.It isn't known if prednisolone is absorbed into breast milk or whether it affects the nursing infant. Consult your physician if you are breast-feeding.

How to take Pediapred?

Follow the directions on the prescription label. Your doctor might alter your dosage. Avoid using this medication in smaller or larger quantities or for a longer time than prescribed.Pediapred can be taken daily or each day. Follow the doctor's dosage instructions extremely carefully.

Measure the amount of liquid medicine using the dosing needle provided, or use a dosing spoon or medicine cup. If you don't have a device for measuring doses, you can ask your pharmacist for one.It is possible to shake your oral suspension (liquid) thoroughly before measuring a dose. Follow the instructions on the label of your medication.

The tablet that is disintegrating should be kept in the blister pack until you are ready to consume the medication. Unlock the package with dry hands and then take off the foil that is in the tablet's blister (do not force it through the foil). The tablet is removed, and you place it inside your mouth.

Let the tablet disintegrate and melt in your mouth without chewing. Drink several times while the tablet disintegrates. If you wish, take a drink to aid in swallowing the tablet after it has disintegrated.

Your dosage requirements might change if there is unusual stress, like an illness that is serious, like a fever or infection, or if you are suffering from an operation or an emergency medical situation. Discuss with your doctor any of these situations that may affect your health.This medication can cause unexpected results when you undergo certain tests. Inform any physician who examines you that you're taking Pediapred.

It is not recommended to stop taking Pediapred immediately.Following the advice by your doctor on raising your dose.

Wear a medical alert tag or have an ID card that states that you're taking Pediapred. Any doctor who cares for you should be aware that you're taking steroid medicine.If you require surgery, inform the surgeon beforehand that you're taking Pediapred. It is possible that you will need to stop using the drug for a short period of time.Maintain room temperature and free of moisture and heat.

What happens If I miss a dose?

Contact your doctor for advice when you have missed a dose of Pediapred.

What happens if I overdose?

For medical emergencies, seek emergency medical attention or contact the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.

Prednisolone overdoses are not likely to cause serious symptoms. However, prolonged exposure to high doses of steroids could cause symptoms like thinning skin, easily bruising, changes to the appearance or location of fat (especially around the neck, face, back, waist, and face), increased facial hair or acne, menstrual issues, impotence, or a loss of interest in sexual activity.

What should be avoided?

Don't receive any "live" vaccines while using Pediapred. The vaccine might not function at all at this point and might not completely protect you from illness. Measles is a live virus that includes rubella, mumps (MMR), polio, typhoid, rotavirus fever, varicella (chickenpox), zoster (shingles), and the nasal influenza (influenza) vaccination.Do not get the smallpox vaccine, or you may develop serious complications.

Avoid being around those who are sick or suffering from illnesses. Contact your physician to get preventive treatment if you've been exposed to measles or chickenpox. These diseases can be very serious or even fatal for people who take steroid medications.

Interaction with other drugs

Other medications can interfere with prednisolone, such as medications that are prescribed and available over the counter, vitamins, and herbal products. Discuss with your physician all your medications currently in use and any medications you begin or stop taking.