Before you start using this medication, everything needs to be discussed with your doctor to make sure you will get all the benefits possible without suffering from side effects. Your doctor is a person that you can and should discuss everything with – and he possesses enough knowledge in that area to prescribe the dose you need.
Your doctor will also be able to evaluate al the risk factors there may be and decide whether taking Prednisolone is something you really need. Any medical conditions that can make the treatment less efficient are supposed to be reported to your health care provider.
Make sure you mention any of the following ones before you treatment starts:
- mental illness,
- high blood pressure,
- muscle disorder,
- kidney disease,
- thyroid disorder,
- congestive heart failure,
- herpes infection of the eyes,
- liver disease,
- stomach ulcers,
- and ulcerative colitis.
Some of these conditions can affect the dose you are prescribed, while others will make it impossible for you to take Prednisolone at all. In some other cases your doctor will want to monitor you closely for side effects (while you are taking Prednisolone).
Also inform your health care provider about any medicines you are using that can cause interactions with Prednisolone therefore affecting the success of your treatment. Any prescription or over-the-counter drugs are supposed to be reported with no exceptions made.
Getting live vaccine is not recommended, as it may not be as efficient when this steroid medication is used. If you currently have a fungal infection, taking Prednisolone is not recommended. Any other infections you have are also supposed to be reported, as taking Prednisolone can make it harder for your body to fight off the infection. This has to do with the fact this drug affects your immune system.
Try to avoid places where there are too many people, as it can be easier for you to get some infection. If you have come from some place of that kind – talk to your doctor to see what needs to be done to help in this situation.
Prednisolone may or may not be harmful to an unborn baby – there is not enough data on that. However, it is known that Prednisolone can pass into breast milk and harm a nursing infant. In case of being pregnant or breastfeeding you will need to inform your health care provider of that as soon as possible. It’s also recommended to use a reliable method of birth control throughout the entire period of the treatment to make sure you avoid getting regnant and nothing is threatening your baby. Since Prednisolone can affect some of your medical tests, you will need to inform the doctor or nurse you are using this medicine.
Once you have started the treatment, carry on with it, as otherwise withdrawal symptoms can be experienced. Withdrawal symptoms can be different for different patients, which is why it’s your responsibility to make sure you use Prednisolone exactly as prescribed and for as long as prescribed.