Prednisolone

  • Action
    • Prednisolone is a steroid used to prevent rejection of transplanted kidneys as well as to treat rejection.
  • How to take
    • Prednisolone is taken by mouth in either liquid or tablet form. Patients who are not able to take it orally are given intravenously.
    • It may cause abdominal discomfort and should be taken with meals or snacks preferably in the morning.
  • Precautions
    • Do not take the medicine empty stomach.
    • As Prednisolone can cause peptic ulcer the patient may need to take some antacids.
    • Long-term use of prednisone can cause osteoporosis (weakening of bones). Therefore, patient should take calcium in diet or as supplements.
    • Avoid alcohol.
  • Side effects Common side effects include:
    • Stomach upset
    • Nausea
    • Vomiting of blood or black tarry stool
    • High blood sugar (hyperglycemia)
    • Swelling on the face or feet
    • Increased risk for infections
    • High blood pressure
    • Impaired wound healing