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Prednisone delayed-release tablets

Pronunciation

Generic Name: prednisone (PRED-ni-sone)
Brand Name: Rayos

Prednisone delayed-release tablets is used for:

Treating certain types of allergies, arthritis, autoimmune diseases, blood disorders, bowel problems, breathing or lung problems, cancer, endocrine problems, eye problems, kidney problems, nervous system problems, or skin conditions. It is also used to prevent organ rejection in certain patients following organ transplant or to treat conditions related to certain infections. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.

Prednisone delayed-release tablets is a corticosteroid. It works by modifying the body's immune response to various conditions and decreasing inflammation.

Do NOT use prednisone delayed-release tablets if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in prednisone delayed-release tablets
  • you have a systemic fungal infection, a malaria infection in the brain, inflammation of the optic nerve (optic neuritis), or herpes infection of the eye
  • you are taking interleukins (eg, aldesleukin) or mifepristone

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

Before using prednisone delayed-release tablets:

Some medical conditions may interact with prednisone delayed-release tablets. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
  • if you have a history of adrenal gland problems, diabetes or high blood sugar, eye problems (eg, cataracts, glaucoma or increased pressure in the eyes, infection), heart problems (eg, heart failure), a recent heart attack, high blood pressure, kidney or liver problems, mental or mood problems (eg, depression), seizures, swelling or fluid retention (edema), low blood potassium levels, or thyroid problems
  • if you have or have recently had a fungal, bacterial, viral, or other type of infection; herpes infection of the eye; chickenpox; measles; or shingles
  • if you have tuberculosis (TB) infection or if you have every had a positive TB skin test
  • if you have any stomach problems (eg, ulcers), bowel problems (eg, blockage, perforation, or infection; unexplained diarrhea; diverticulitis), recent stomach or bowel surgery, or inflammation of the esophagus
  • if you have trouble sleeping, muscle problems (eg, myasthenia gravis), or weak bones (eg, osteoporosis) or an increased risk of osteoporosis (eg, family history of osteoporosis)
  • if you have recently received a vaccine or are scheduled to receive a vaccine

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with prednisone delayed-release tablets. Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:

  • Amphotericin B, cyclosporine, estrogens, ketoconazole, macrolide antibiotics (eg, clarithromycin), or oral contraceptives (birth control pills) because they may increase the risk of prednisone delayed-release tablets's side effects
  • Aminoglutethimide, barbiturates (eg, phenobarbital), carbamazepine, cholestyramine, hydantoins (eg, phenytoin), mifepristone, or rifamycins (eg, rifampin) because they may decrease the effectiveness of prednisone delayed-release tablets
  • Anticholinesterase medicines (eg, pyridostigmine), digoxin, certain diuretics (eg, furosemide, hydrochlorothiazide), nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) (eg, ibuprofen), quinolone antibiotics (eg, ciprofloxacin), ritodrine, or salicylates (eg, aspirin) because the risk of their side effects may be increased by prednisone delayed-release tablets
  • Anticoagulants (eg, warfarin), insulin or other diabetes medicines, interleukins (eg, aldesleukin), or isoniazid because their effectiveness may be decreased by prednisone delayed-release tablets

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if prednisone delayed-release tablets may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use prednisone delayed-release tablets:

Use prednisone delayed-release tablets as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Take prednisone delayed-release tablets by mouth with food.
  • Swallow prednisone delayed-release tablets whole. Do not break, crush, chew, or divide before swallowing.
  • Do not suddenly stop taking prednisone delayed-release tablets without checking with your doctor. You may have an increased risk of side effects. If you need to stop prednisone delayed-release tablets, your doctor may gradually lower your dose.
  • If you miss a dose of prednisone delayed-release tablets, take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use prednisone delayed-release tablets.

Important safety information:

  • Carry an ID card at all times that says you take prednisone delayed-release tablets.
  • Prednisone delayed-release tablets may lower the ability of your body to fight infection. Avoid contact with people who have colds or infections. Tell your doctor if you notice signs of infection like fever, sore throat, rash, or chills.
  • If you have not had chickenpox, shingles, or measles, avoid contact with anyone who does. Contact your doctor if you are exposed to chickenpox or measles.
  • Tell your doctor or dentist that you take prednisone delayed-release tablets before you receive any medical or dental care, emergency care, or surgery.
  • Long-term use may cause cataracts, glaucoma, and eye infections. Discuss any questions or concerns with your doctor.
  • Prednisone delayed-release tablets may cause an increase in blood pressure, salt and water retention, and increased potassium loss. You may need to restrict the use of salt and take a potassium supplement. Discuss any questions or concerns with your doctor.
  • Prednisone delayed-release tablets can cause calcium loss and increase the risk of osteoporosis. Talk with your doctor about taking calcium and vitamin D while you are taking prednisone delayed-release tablets.
  • Do not receive a live vaccine, especially smallpox, while you are taking prednisone delayed-release tablets. Talk with your doctor before you receive any vaccine.
  • Prednisone delayed-release tablets may raise your blood sugar. High blood sugar may make you feel confused, drowsy, or thirsty. It can also make you flush, breathe faster, or have a fruit-like breath odor. If these symptoms occur, tell your doctor right away.
  • Diabetes patients - Check blood sugar levels closely. Ask your doctor before you change the dose of your diabetes medicine.
  • Prednisone delayed-release tablets may interfere with skin allergy tests. If you are scheduled for a skin test, talk to your doctor. You may need to stop taking prednisone delayed-release tablets for a few days before the tests.
  • Lab tests, including adrenal function, blood pressure monitoring, weight checks, blood glucose levels, blood potassium and sodium levels, eye pressure, and chest x-rays, may be performed while you use prednisone delayed-release tablets. These tests may be used to monitor your condition or check for side effects. Be sure to keep all doctor and lab appointments.
  • Use prednisone delayed-release tablets with caution in the ELDERLY; they may be more sensitive to its effects, especially osteoporosis.
  • Caution is advised when using prednisone delayed-release tablets in CHILDREN; they may be more sensitive to its effects.
  • Corticosteroids may affect growth rate in CHILDREN and teenagers in some cases. They may need regular growth checks while they take prednisone delayed-release tablets.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: Prednisone delayed-release tablets may cause harm to the fetus. If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using prednisone delayed-release tablets while you are pregnant. Prednisone delayed-release tablets is found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use prednisone delayed-release tablets, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of prednisone delayed-release tablets:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Acne; dizziness; facial flushing; headache; increased appetite; increased sweating; indigestion; nausea; nervousness; trouble sleeping; weight gain.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue; unusual hoarseness); bloody or black, tarry stools; burning, numbness, or tingling; calf or leg pain, swelling, redness, or tenderness; changes in body fat; changes in menstrual periods; changes in skin color; chest pain; eye pain or pressure; fainting; fast, slow, or irregular heartbeat; fever, chills, or persistent sore throat; joint, bone, or tendon pain; mental, mood, or behavioral changes (eg, depression, exaggerated sense of well-being); muscle pain, weakness, cramping, or wasting; persistent trouble sleeping; puffing of the face; seizures; severe or persistent dizziness or headache; severe or persistent nausea, vomiting, or stomach or back pain; shortness of breath; swelling of the hands, ankles, legs, or feet; thinning of the skin; unusual bruising or bleeding; unusual weight gain; vision changes; vomit that looks like coffee grounds.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. To report side effects to the appropriate agency, please read the Guide to Reporting Problems to FDA.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center, or emergency room immediately.

Proper storage of prednisone delayed-release tablets:

Store prednisone delayed-release tablets at 77 degrees F (25 degrees C). Brief storage at temperatures between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C) is permitted. Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep prednisone delayed-release tablets out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about prednisone delayed-release tablets, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Prednisone delayed-release tablets is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
  • Check with your pharmacist about how to dispose of unused medicine.

This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take prednisone delayed-release tablets or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about prednisone delayed-release tablets. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to prednisone delayed-release tablets. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using prednisone delayed-release tablets.

Issue Date: December 3, 2014
Database Edition 14.4.1.003
Copyright © 2014 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

Disclaimer: This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.

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