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Veripred 20

Generic name: prednisolone [pred-NIS-oh-lone]

Brand names: Millipred, Orapred ODT, Millipred DP, Pediapred, and Veripred 20.
Drug class: glucocorticoids

In the U.S., the Veripred brand name was discontinued. There may be equivalents if generic versions have been approved and tested by the FDA.

What is Veripred 20?

Veripred is a steroid that prevents substances from being released in the body, causing inflammation.

Veripred is used for many different inflammatory disorders, such as arthritis (lupus), psoriasis (psoriasis), ulcerative colitis, and allergic disorders. It can also be used to treat disorders of the glands, nerves, skin, eyes, stomach, lungs, or blood cells.Veripred can be used in other ways not mentioned in the medication guide.

Side effects of Veripred

If you experience any of the following symptoms of an allergic reaction, seek immediate medical attention: difficulty breathing, hives, swelling of the face, lips, or throat.

Veripred can cause serious side effects. If you experience:

  • Rapid weight gain, swelling, and shortness of breath even with mild exercise;
  • Any wound or bruise that does not heal
  • Changes in personality or thoughts, severe depressive symptoms,
  • A new or unusual pain in your arm, leg, or back
  • Bloody or tarry stool, vomiting blood, or vomit that looks like coffee grounds
  • Nausea, and vomiting.
  • A seizure (convulsions);
  • Low sodium, leg cramps, constipation, increased thirst and urination, and irregular heartbeats

Steroids can affect the growth of children. If your child's growth isn't normal while taking Veripred 20, tell your doctor.

Veripred 20 can cause the following side effects:

  • Fluid Retention (Swelling of the Hands or Ankles)
  • Dizziness, spinning sensation;
  • Changes in your menstrual cycle;
  • Headache;
  • Muscle pain or weakness;
  • Stomach discomfort and bloating.

There may be other side effects. For medical advice on side effects, call your doctor. The FDA can be contacted at 1-800-FDA-1088 to report side effects.

Warnings

This medicine should not be used if you are suffering from a fungus in any part of your body.

Before you take this drug

You shouldn't use veripred if:

  • A fungal infection can occur anywhere on your body.

Veripred can weaken the immune system and make it easier to contract an infection. Steroids may also worsen or reactivate a recent infection or worsen an existing infection. Inform your doctor of any illnesses or infections you may have experienced in the last few weeks.

Tell your doctor about any of the following to ensure Veripred is safe for you:

  • Active tuberculosis
  • A thyroid disorder
  • Herpes infection in the eyes
  • Whether you call them stomach ulcers or diverticulitis, they are all the same thing.
  • Depression, mental illness, or psychosis;
  • Liver disease (especially cirrhosis).
  • High blood pressure
  • Osteoporosis;
  • A muscle disorder, such as myasthenia gravis
  • Multiple Sclerosis.

Tell your doctor as well if you suffer from type 2 diabetes. Steroids can increase the sugar levels in urine or blood. Your diabetes medication may need to be adjusted.

Veripred may harm an unborn childinform your physician immediately if you are pregnant, planning on becoming pregnant, or considering getting pregnant.There is no way to know if prednisolone can pass into breast milk or if the drug could harm a nursing infant. Inform your doctor if breastfeeding is taking place.

How to take Veripred 20?

Please follow all the instructions on the prescription label. Your doctor may occasionally alter your dosage. Use this medication only as prescribed. Do not exceed the recommended dose or use it for longer.Veripred 20, taken once every two days, is also sometimes prescribed. Do not forget to follow your doctor's instructions.Use the provided dosing syringe or a dose-measuring cup or spoon to measure liquid medicines. Ask your pharmacist if you don't have a device for measuring doses.

It may be necessary to shake the liquid oral suspension well before measuring a dose. Please follow the instructions on your medication label.Keep the tablet in the blister until you're ready to take it. Peel back the foil on the blister using dry hands. Do not push the tablet into the foil. Place the tablet in your mouth.

Let the tablet dissolve in your mouth without chewing. As the tablet dissolves, you can swallow it several times. You can drink liquids to help you swallow the tablet.You may need a different dose if there is a stressor that is unusual, such as a serious disease, fever, infection, or surgery. Inform your doctor of any situation like this that you are experiencing.

Veripred 20 can produce unusual results in certain medical tests. Tell your doctor that you use Veripred 20 if you receive treatment from him or her.Veripred should not be stopped abruptly. You should follow your doctor's advice about reducing your dosage.Wear a medical warning tag or carry an identification card that states you are taking Veripred. You should inform any medical provider that treats you about your steroid medication.

Tell the surgeon in advance if you will need surgery and that you will use Veripred. It is possible that you will need to temporarily stop taking the medication.Store away from heat and moisture at room temperature.

What happens if I miss the dose?

If you missed a Veripred dose, call your doctor to get instructions.

What happens if I overdose?

Call 1-800-222-1222 for poison help or seek immediate medical attention.

A prednisolone overdose is unlikely to cause life-threatening symptoms. Long-term use of high doses of steroids can cause symptoms like thinning of the skin, bruising easily, changes in body shape and location (especially on your face, neck, back, and waist), acne or facial hair growth, menstrual issues, impotence, or loss of interest in sex.

Avoid this

Veripred 20 should not be used in conjunction with a live vaccine. During this period, the vaccine may not be as effective, and you may not receive full protection from disease. Live vaccines are available for measles (chickenpox), rubella (MMR), yellow fever, rotavirus (typhoid), polio (MMR), varicella, zoster, and influenza (nasal flu).

You should not get a smallpox vaccination, or you may develop serious complications.

Avoid being around people who are sick. If you have been exposed to measles or chickenpox, call your doctor immediately for treatment. These conditions are serious and can even be fatal for people taking steroid medications.

Interaction with other drug

Prednisolone can interact with other drugs, such as prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Inform your doctor of all the medicines you are taking and those that you stop or start using.