How am I supposed to take Prednisone?


How long you will be supposed to take Prednisone depends on a number of factors – your condition that you need to have treated, its severity, your general health condition and a number of other factors. Your health care provider will prescribed the dose that will be most efficient in your case, and exceeding it is not something you want to do.

You may need to have your dose adjusted in case you experience unusual stress, such as fever, infection, some surgery etc. If you know you are going to be under a lot of stress, talk to your health care provider to see if your dose of Prednisone will need to be adjusted.

Your dose of Prednisone may be changed occasionally to make sure you are benefitting from the treatment. If you are taking the liquid form of this medicine, make sure to measure it with the help of a special spoon or cup. Do not use a regular spoon to measure yourself a dose of Prednisone – make sure you use a special device that is supposed to come with this medicine.

Regular use of Prednisone is the best way to make sure your treatment is going just as planned and there is no need to worry about your symptoms getting out of control. If you happened to miss a does of Prednisone, make sure you take it as soon as possible. However, the plan is different if you will have to take another dose very son.

In that case you will be supposed to skip the dose you missed and go back to the regular dosing schedule. Taking a double dose of Prednisone is not going to increase the effectiveness of your treatment or make it last for less time.

An overdose of Prednisone should be reported directly to your health care provider or local emergency center, as the symptoms are unlikely to get better on their own. There are drugs that have been reported to interact with Prednisone causing unpleasant reactions. Make sure you tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially those listed:

  • aspirin,
  • ketoconazole,
  • blood thinners,
  • rifampin,
  • diuretics,
  • seizure medications,
  • cyclosporine,
  • insulin,
  • and oral diabetes medications.

Some drugs can make Prednisone less efficient, while others can intensify your side effects. Other medications are likely to alter the effects of Prednisone and make it inefficient or even harmful.

If you need to be taking some medicines along with Prednisone, ask your health care provide how to do it right in order to avoid interactions and still benefit from both treatments. Even if you are taking some herbal supplements – make sure to let your doctor know about them to avoid interactions that can affect the success of your treatment.

Never share Prednisone with other people to whom it was not prescribed, as in order to do it you need to be well familiar with their full medial history and take into consideration and contraindications that have. Ask your doctor if you are supposed to stick to a certain lifestyle in order to benefit from using Prednisone and follow all the recommendations provided. You will need to follow the recommendations of your doctor even if they are different from the ones on the prescription label of that medicine.