Prednisolone

Sounds like 'pred-NISS-oh-lone'

Easy-to-read medicine information about prednisolone – what it is, how to take prednisolone safely and possible side effects.

Type of medicine

Also called

  • Belongs to a group of medicines known as corticosteroids
  • Redipred®



What is prednisolone?

  • Prednisolone is a medicine used to treat many severe conditions associated with inflammation such as severe asthma.
  • It is in a class of medicines known as corticosteroids, which is similar to what your body naturally makes.
  • It works by calming the immune system.

Dose

  • The amount of prednisolone (the dose), depends on the child's weight and the condition being treated. Your doctor will work out the amount of prednisolone that is right for your child. 
  • Always give prednisolone exactly as your doctor has told you. The pharmacy label will tell you how much prednisolone to give your child, how often to give it, and any special instructions.

How to give prednisolone

  • Measure out the right amount using an oral syringe or medicine spoon (do not use a household kitchen spoon, since it does not give the correct amount).
  • How often to give prednisolone will depend on what condition is being treated. It can be given once daily, several times a day or on alternate days.
  • If your child is taking prednisolone once a day or on alternate days, it is best given at the same time each day, usually in the morning after breakfast.
  • If your child is taking prednisolone several times a day, it is best if you can give the doses evenly spaced throughout the day.
  • Continue to give prednisolone for as long as your doctor or pharmacist tells you.
    Some children will need prednisolone for only short periods of time whilst others may require long term therapy.

Special instructions

  • It is important to tell any health professional taking care of your child that your child is taking prednisolone.
  • Taking prednisolone for a long time can increase your child's risk of all types of infections. Tell your doctor if your child comes into contact with someone who has a contagious illness such as chickenpox or measles, or if you child feels unwell.  

Possible side effects

Side effectsWhat should I do?
  • Restless
  • Irritable
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Give prednisolone in the morning or at least 3 hours before bed time
  • Increased appetite
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhoea (loose stool)


  • These are quite common with prednisolone, and usually goes away with time.
  • Tell your doctor if troublesome.

 

Credits: Sandra Ponen, Pharmacist, NZ.