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prednisolone

Pronunciation

Generic Name: prednisolone (pred NIS oh lone)
Brand Name: AsmalPred Plus, Bubbli-Pred, Flo-Pred, Millipred, Millipred DP, Orapred, Orapred ODT, Pediapred, Prelone, Veripred 20, ...show all 26 brand names

What is prednisolone?

Prednisolone is a steroid. It prevents the release of substances in the body that cause inflammation.

Prednisolone is used to treat many different conditions such as allergic disorders, skin conditions, ulcerative colitis, arthritis, lupus, psoriasis, or breathing disorders.

Prednisolone may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

What is the most important information I should know about prednisolone?

You should not use this medication if you are allergic to prednisolone, or if you have a fungal infection anywhere in your body.

Before taking prednisolone, tell your doctor about all of your medical conditions, and about all other medicines you are using. There are many other diseases that can be affected by steroid use, and many other medicines that can interact with steroids.

Your steroid medication needs may change if you have any unusual stress such as a serious illness, fever or infection, or if you have surgery or a medical emergency. Tell your doctor about any such situation that affects you during treatment.

Steroid medication can weaken your immune system, making it easier for you to get an infection or worsening an infection you already have or have recently had. Tell your doctor about any illness or infection you have had within the past several weeks.

Avoid being near people who are sick or have infections. Call your doctor for preventive treatment if you are exposed to chicken pox or measles. These conditions can be serious or even fatal in people who are using steroid medication.

Do not receive a "live" vaccine while using prednisolone. The vaccine may not work as well during this time, and may not fully protect you from disease.

Do not stop using prednisolone suddenly, or you could have unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. Ask your doctor how to avoid withdrawal symptoms when you stop using prednisolone.

Wear a medical alert tag or carry an ID card stating that you take prednisolone. Any medical care provider who treats you should know that you take steroid medication.

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking prednisolone?

You should not use this medication if you are allergic to prednisolone, or if you have a fungal infection anywhere in your body.

Steroid medication can weaken your immune system, making it easier for you to get an infection. Steroids can also worsen an infection you already have, or reactivate an infection you recently had. Before taking this medication, tell your doctor about any illness or infection you have had within the past several weeks.

To make sure prednisolone is safe for you, tell your doctor about your other medical conditions, especially:

  • liver disease (such as cirrhosis);

  • kidney disease;

  • a thyroid disorder;

  • diabetes;

  • a history of malaria;

  • tuberculosis;

  • osteoporosis;

  • a muscle disorder such as myasthenia gravis;

  • glaucoma or cataracts;

  • herpes infection of the eyes;

  • stomach ulcers, ulcerative colitis, or diverticulitis;

  • depression or mental illness;

  • congestive heart failure; or

  • high blood pressure

FDA pregnancy category C. It is not known whether prednisolone will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using this medication.

Prednisolone can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

Steroids can affect growth in children. Talk with your doctor if you think your child is not growing at a normal rate while using this medication.

How should I take prednisolone?

Take exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not take in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. Follow the directions on your prescription label.

Your doctor may occasionally change your dose to make sure you get the best results.

Your steroid medication needs may change if you have unusual stress such as a serious illness, fever or infection, or if you have surgery or a medical emergency. Tell your doctor about any such situation that affects you.

Measure the liquid form of prednisolone with a special dose-measuring spoon or cup, not a regular table spoon. If you do not have a dose-measuring device, ask your pharmacist for one.

You may need to shake the oral suspension (liquid) well just before you measure a dose. Follow the directions on your medicine label.

Keep the disintegrating tablet in its blister pack until you are ready to take the medicine. Open the package using dry hands, and peel back the foil from the tablet blister (do not push the tablet through the foil). Remove the tablet and place it in your mouth.

Allow the disintegrating tablet to dissolve in your mouth without chewing. Swallow several times as the tablet dissolves. If desired, you may drink liquid to help swallow the dissolved tablet.

Steroids can cause you to have unusual results with certain medical tests. Tell any doctor who treats you that you are using prednisolone.

Do not stop using prednisolone suddenly, or you could have unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. Ask your doctor how to avoid withdrawal symptoms when you stop using prednisolone.

Wear a medical alert tag or carry an ID card stating that you take prednisolone. Any medical care provider who treats you should know that you take steroid medication.

Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Call your doctor for instructions if you miss a dose or forget to take your medicine.

What happens if I overdose?

Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.

An overdose of prednisolone is not expected to produce life threatening symptoms. However, long term use of high steroid doses can lead to symptoms such as thinning skin, easy bruising, changes in the shape or location of body fat (especially in your face, neck, back, and waist), increased acne or facial hair, menstrual problems, impotence, or loss of interest in sex.

What should I avoid while taking prednisolone?

Avoid being near people who are sick or have infections. Call your doctor for preventive treatment if you are exposed to chicken pox or measles. These conditions can be serious or even fatal in people who are using steroid medication.

Do not receive a "live" vaccine while using prednisolone. The vaccine may not work as well during this time, and may not fully protect you from disease. Live vaccines include measles, mumps, rubella (MMR), Bacillus Calmette-Guérin (BCG), oral polio, rotavirus, smallpox, typhoid, yellow fever, varicella (chickenpox), zoster (shingles), and nasal flu (influenza) vaccine.

Avoid drinking alcohol while you are taking prednisolone.

Prednisolone side effects

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:

  • problems with your vision;

  • swelling, rapid weight gain, feeling short of breath;

  • severe depression, unusual thoughts or behavior, seizure (convulsions);

  • bloody or tarry stools, coughing up blood;

  • pancreatitis (severe pain in your upper stomach spreading to your back, nausea and vomiting, fast heart rate);

  • low potassium (confusion, uneven heart rate, extreme thirst, increased urination, leg discomfort, muscle weakness or limp feeling); or

  • dangerously high blood pressure (severe headache, blurred vision, buzzing in your ears, anxiety, confusion, chest pain, shortness of breath, uneven heartbeats, seizure).

Less serious side effects may include:

  • sleep problems (insomnia), mood changes;

  • acne, dry skin, thinning skin, bruising or discoloration;

  • slow wound healing;

  • increased sweating;

  • headache, dizziness, spinning sensation;

  • nausea, stomach pain, bloating; or

  • changes in the shape or location of body fat (especially in your arms, legs, face, neck, breasts, and waist).

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

See also: Side effects (in more detail)

Prednisolone dosing information

Usual Adult Dose for Multiple Sclerosis:

Initial dose: 200 mg orally once a day for 1 week, then 80 mg orally every other day for 1 month

Comments:
-Exogenous corticosteroids suppress adrenocorticoid activity least when given at the time of maximal activity; consider time of maximal adrenal cortex activity (2 AM to 8 AM) when dosing.
-Controlled clinical trials have shown corticosteroids to be effective in speeding the resolution of acute exacerbations of multiple sclerosis, although they have not been shown to affect the natural history of the disease.

Use: For the treatment of acute exacerbations of multiple sclerosis.

Usual Adult Dose for Allergic Reaction:

Dosing should be individualized based on disease and patient response:

Initial dose: 5 to 60 mg orally per day; may be give once a day or in divided doses
Maintenance dose: Adjust or maintain initial dose until a satisfactory response is obtained; then, gradually in small decrements at appropriate intervals decrease to the lowest dose that maintains an adequate clinical response

Comments:
-Exogenous corticosteroids suppress adrenocorticoid activity the least when given at the time of maximal activity; consider time of maximal adrenal cortex activity (2 AM to 8 AM) when dosing.
-Alternate day therapy may be considered in patients requiring long-term treatment; it may be necessary to return to a full suppressive daily dose in the event of acute flare-ups.

Uses: As an anti-inflammatory or immunosuppressive agent when corticosteroid therapy is appropriate, such as treatment of certain allergic states; nervous system, neoplastic, or renal conditions; endocrine, rheumatologic, or hematologic disorders; collagen, dermatologic, ophthalmic, respiratory, or gastrointestinal diseases; specific infectious diseases or conditions related to organ transplantation.

Usual Adult Dose for Ankylosing Spondylitis:

Dosing should be individualized based on disease and patient response:

Initial dose: 5 to 60 mg orally per day; may be give once a day or in divided doses
Maintenance dose: Adjust or maintain initial dose until a satisfactory response is obtained; then, gradually in small decrements at appropriate intervals decrease to the lowest dose that maintains an adequate clinical response

Comments:
-Exogenous corticosteroids suppress adrenocorticoid activity the least when given at the time of maximal activity; consider time of maximal adrenal cortex activity (2 AM to 8 AM) when dosing.
-Alternate day therapy may be considered in patients requiring long-term treatment; it may be necessary to return to a full suppressive daily dose in the event of acute flare-ups.

Uses: As an anti-inflammatory or immunosuppressive agent when corticosteroid therapy is appropriate, such as treatment of certain allergic states; nervous system, neoplastic, or renal conditions; endocrine, rheumatologic, or hematologic disorders; collagen, dermatologic, ophthalmic, respiratory, or gastrointestinal diseases; specific infectious diseases or conditions related to organ transplantation.

Usual Adult Dose for Aspiration Pneumonia:

Dosing should be individualized based on disease and patient response:

Initial dose: 5 to 60 mg orally per day; may be give once a day or in divided doses
Maintenance dose: Adjust or maintain initial dose until a satisfactory response is obtained; then, gradually in small decrements at appropriate intervals decrease to the lowest dose that maintains an adequate clinical response

Comments:
-Exogenous corticosteroids suppress adrenocorticoid activity the least when given at the time of maximal activity; consider time of maximal adrenal cortex activity (2 AM to 8 AM) when dosing.
-Alternate day therapy may be considered in patients requiring long-term treatment; it may be necessary to return to a full suppressive daily dose in the event of acute flare-ups.

Uses: As an anti-inflammatory or immunosuppressive agent when corticosteroid therapy is appropriate, such as treatment of certain allergic states; nervous system, neoplastic, or renal conditions; endocrine, rheumatologic, or hematologic disorders; collagen, dermatologic, ophthalmic, respiratory, or gastrointestinal diseases; specific infectious diseases or conditions related to organ transplantation.

Usual Adult Dose for Bursitis:

Dosing should be individualized based on disease and patient response:

Initial dose: 5 to 60 mg orally per day; may be give once a day or in divided doses
Maintenance dose: Adjust or maintain initial dose until a satisfactory response is obtained; then, gradually in small decrements at appropriate intervals decrease to the lowest dose that maintains an adequate clinical response

Comments:
-Exogenous corticosteroids suppress adrenocorticoid activity the least when given at the time of maximal activity; consider time of maximal adrenal cortex activity (2 AM to 8 AM) when dosing.
-Alternate day therapy may be considered in patients requiring long-term treatment; it may be necessary to return to a full suppressive daily dose in the event of acute flare-ups.

Uses: As an anti-inflammatory or immunosuppressive agent when corticosteroid therapy is appropriate, such as treatment of certain allergic states; nervous system, neoplastic, or renal conditions; endocrine, rheumatologic, or hematologic disorders; collagen, dermatologic, ophthalmic, respiratory, or gastrointestinal diseases; specific infectious diseases or conditions related to organ transplantation.

Usual Adult Dose for Dermatitis Herpetiformis:

Dosing should be individualized based on disease and patient response:

Initial dose: 5 to 60 mg orally per day; may be give once a day or in divided doses
Maintenance dose: Adjust or maintain initial dose until a satisfactory response is obtained; then, gradually in small decrements at appropriate intervals decrease to the lowest dose that maintains an adequate clinical response

Comments:
-Exogenous corticosteroids suppress adrenocorticoid activity the least when given at the time of maximal activity; consider time of maximal adrenal cortex activity (2 AM to 8 AM) when dosing.
-Alternate day therapy may be considered in patients requiring long-term treatment; it may be necessary to return to a full suppressive daily dose in the event of acute flare-ups.

Uses: As an anti-inflammatory or immunosuppressive agent when corticosteroid therapy is appropriate, such as treatment of certain allergic states; nervous system, neoplastic, or renal conditions; endocrine, rheumatologic, or hematologic disorders; collagen, dermatologic, ophthalmic, respiratory, or gastrointestinal diseases; specific infectious diseases or conditions related to organ transplantation.

Usual Adult Dose for Hypercalcemia of Malignancy:

Dosing should be individualized based on disease and patient response:

Initial dose: 5 to 60 mg orally per day; may be give once a day or in divided doses
Maintenance dose: Adjust or maintain initial dose until a satisfactory response is obtained; then, gradually in small decrements at appropriate intervals decrease to the lowest dose that maintains an adequate clinical response

Comments:
-Exogenous corticosteroids suppress adrenocorticoid activity the least when given at the time of maximal activity; consider time of maximal adrenal cortex activity (2 AM to 8 AM) when dosing.
-Alternate day therapy may be considered in patients requiring long-term treatment; it may be necessary to return to a full suppressive daily dose in the event of acute flare-ups.

Uses: As an anti-inflammatory or immunosuppressive agent when corticosteroid therapy is appropriate, such as treatment of certain allergic states; nervous system, neoplastic, or renal conditions; endocrine, rheumatologic, or hematologic disorders; collagen, dermatologic, ophthalmic, respiratory, or gastrointestinal diseases; specific infectious diseases or conditions related to organ transplantation.

Usual Adult Dose for Idiopathic (Immune) Thrombocytopenic Purpura:

Dosing should be individualized based on disease and patient response:

Initial dose: 5 to 60 mg orally per day; may be give once a day or in divided doses
Maintenance dose: Adjust or maintain initial dose until a satisfactory response is obtained; then, gradually in small decrements at appropriate intervals decrease to the lowest dose that maintains an adequate clinical response

Comments:
-Exogenous corticosteroids suppress adrenocorticoid activity the least when given at the time of maximal activity; consider time of maximal adrenal cortex activity (2 AM to 8 AM) when dosing.
-Alternate day therapy may be considered in patients requiring long-term treatment; it may be necessary to return to a full suppressive daily dose in the event of acute flare-ups.

Uses: As an anti-inflammatory or immunosuppressive agent when corticosteroid therapy is appropriate, such as treatment of certain allergic states; nervous system, neoplastic, or renal conditions; endocrine, rheumatologic, or hematologic disorders; collagen, dermatologic, ophthalmic, respiratory, or gastrointestinal diseases; specific infectious diseases or conditions related to organ transplantation.

Usual Adult Dose for Loeffler's Syndrome:

Dosing should be individualized based on disease and patient response:

Initial dose: 5 to 60 mg orally per day; may be give once a day or in divided doses
Maintenance dose: Adjust or maintain initial dose until a satisfactory response is obtained; then, gradually in small decrements at appropriate intervals decrease to the lowest dose that maintains an adequate clinical response

Comments:
-Exogenous corticosteroids suppress adrenocorticoid activity the least when given at the time of maximal activity; consider time of maximal adrenal cortex activity (2 AM to 8 AM) when dosing.
-Alternate day therapy may be considered in patients requiring long-term treatment; it may be necessary to return to a full suppressive daily dose in the event of acute flare-ups.

Uses: As an anti-inflammatory or immunosuppressive agent when corticosteroid therapy is appropriate, such as treatment of certain allergic states; nervous system, neoplastic, or renal conditions; endocrine, rheumatologic, or hematologic disorders; collagen, dermatologic, ophthalmic, respiratory, or gastrointestinal diseases; specific infectious diseases or conditions related to organ transplantation.

Usual Adult Dose for Osteoarthritis:

Dosing should be individualized based on disease and patient response:

Initial dose: 5 to 60 mg orally per day; may be give once a day or in divided doses
Maintenance dose: Adjust or maintain initial dose until a satisfactory response is obtained; then, gradually in small decrements at appropriate intervals decrease to the lowest dose that maintains an adequate clinical response

Comments:
-Exogenous corticosteroids suppress adrenocorticoid activity the least when given at the time of maximal activity; consider time of maximal adrenal cortex activity (2 AM to 8 AM) when dosing.
-Alternate day therapy may be considered in patients requiring long-term treatment; it may be necessary to return to a full suppressive daily dose in the event of acute flare-ups.

Uses: As an anti-inflammatory or immunosuppressive agent when corticosteroid therapy is appropriate, such as treatment of certain allergic states; nervous system, neoplastic, or renal conditions; endocrine, rheumatologic, or hematologic disorders; collagen, dermatologic, ophthalmic, respiratory, or gastrointestinal diseases; specific infectious diseases or conditions related to organ transplantation.

Usual Adult Dose for Polymyositis/Dermatomyositis:

Dosing should be individualized based on disease and patient response:

Initial dose: 5 to 60 mg orally per day; may be give once a day or in divided doses
Maintenance dose: Adjust or maintain initial dose until a satisfactory response is obtained; then, gradually in small decrements at appropriate intervals decrease to the lowest dose that maintains an adequate clinical response

Comments:
-Exogenous corticosteroids suppress adrenocorticoid activity the least when given at the time of maximal activity; consider time of maximal adrenal cortex activity (2 AM to 8 AM) when dosing.
-Alternate day therapy may be considered in patients requiring long-term treatment; it may be necessary to return to a full suppressive daily dose in the event of acute flare-ups.

Uses: As an anti-inflammatory or immunosuppressive agent when corticosteroid therapy is appropriate, such as treatment of certain allergic states; nervous system, neoplastic, or renal conditions; endocrine, rheumatologic, or hematologic disorders; collagen, dermatologic, ophthalmic, respiratory, or gastrointestinal diseases; specific infectious diseases or conditions related to organ transplantation.

Usual Adult Dose for Psoriasis:

Dosing should be individualized based on disease and patient response:

Initial dose: 5 to 60 mg orally per day; may be give once a day or in divided doses
Maintenance dose: Adjust or maintain initial dose until a satisfactory response is obtained; then, gradually in small decrements at appropriate intervals decrease to the lowest dose that maintains an adequate clinical response

Comments:
-Exogenous corticosteroids suppress adrenocorticoid activity the least when given at the time of maximal activity; consider time of maximal adrenal cortex activity (2 AM to 8 AM) when dosing.
-Alternate day therapy may be considered in patients requiring long-term treatment; it may be necessary to return to a full suppressive daily dose in the event of acute flare-ups.

Uses: As an anti-inflammatory or immunosuppressive agent when corticosteroid therapy is appropriate, such as treatment of certain allergic states; nervous system, neoplastic, or renal conditions; endocrine, rheumatologic, or hematologic disorders; collagen, dermatologic, ophthalmic, respiratory, or gastrointestinal diseases; specific infectious diseases or conditions related to organ transplantation.

Usual Adult Dose for Rheumatoid Arthritis:

Dosing should be individualized based on disease and patient response:

Initial dose: 5 to 60 mg orally per day; may be give once a day or in divided doses
Maintenance dose: Adjust or maintain initial dose until a satisfactory response is obtained; then, gradually in small decrements at appropriate intervals decrease to the lowest dose that maintains an adequate clinical response

Comments:
-Exogenous corticosteroids suppress adrenocorticoid activity the least when given at the time of maximal activity; consider time of maximal adrenal cortex activity (2 AM to 8 AM) when dosing.
-Alternate day therapy may be considered in patients requiring long-term treatment; it may be necessary to return to a full suppressive daily dose in the event of acute flare-ups.

Uses: As an anti-inflammatory or immunosuppressive agent when corticosteroid therapy is appropriate, such as treatment of certain allergic states; nervous system, neoplastic, or renal conditions; endocrine, rheumatologic, or hematologic disorders; collagen, dermatologic, ophthalmic, respiratory, or gastrointestinal diseases; specific infectious diseases or conditions related to organ transplantation.

Usual Adult Dose for Sarcoidosis:

Dosing should be individualized based on disease and patient response:

Initial dose: 5 to 60 mg orally per day; may be give once a day or in divided doses
Maintenance dose: Adjust or maintain initial dose until a satisfactory response is obtained; then, gradually in small decrements at appropriate intervals decrease to the lowest dose that maintains an adequate clinical response

Comments:
-Exogenous corticosteroids suppress adrenocorticoid activity the least when given at the time of maximal activity; consider time of maximal adrenal cortex activity (2 AM to 8 AM) when dosing.
-Alternate day therapy may be considered in patients requiring long-term treatment; it may be necessary to return to a full suppressive daily dose in the event of acute flare-ups.

Uses: As an anti-inflammatory or immunosuppressive agent when corticosteroid therapy is appropriate, such as treatment of certain allergic states; nervous system, neoplastic, or renal conditions; endocrine, rheumatologic, or hematologic disorders; collagen, dermatologic, ophthalmic, respiratory, or gastrointestinal diseases; specific infectious diseases or conditions related to organ transplantation.

Usual Adult Dose for Seborrheic Dermatitis:

Dosing should be individualized based on disease and patient response:

Initial dose: 5 to 60 mg orally per day; may be give once a day or in divided doses
Maintenance dose: Adjust or maintain initial dose until a satisfactory response is obtained; then, gradually in small decrements at appropriate intervals decrease to the lowest dose that maintains an adequate clinical response

Comments:
-Exogenous corticosteroids suppress adrenocorticoid activity the least when given at the time of maximal activity; consider time of maximal adrenal cortex activity (2 AM to 8 AM) when dosing.
-Alternate day therapy may be considered in patients requiring long-term treatment; it may be necessary to return to a full suppressive daily dose in the event of acute flare-ups.

Uses: As an anti-inflammatory or immunosuppressive agent when corticosteroid therapy is appropriate, such as treatment of certain allergic states; nervous system, neoplastic, or renal conditions; endocrine, rheumatologic, or hematologic disorders; collagen, dermatologic, ophthalmic, respiratory, or gastrointestinal diseases; specific infectious diseases or conditions related to organ transplantation.

Usual Adult Dose for Systemic Lupus Erythematosus:

Dosing should be individualized based on disease and patient response:

Initial dose: 5 to 60 mg orally per day; may be give once a day or in divided doses
Maintenance dose: Adjust or maintain initial dose until a satisfactory response is obtained; then, gradually in small decrements at appropriate intervals decrease to the lowest dose that maintains an adequate clinical response

Comments:
-Exogenous corticosteroids suppress adrenocorticoid activity the least when given at the time of maximal activity; consider time of maximal adrenal cortex activity (2 AM to 8 AM) when dosing.
-Alternate day therapy may be considered in patients requiring long-term treatment; it may be necessary to return to a full suppressive daily dose in the event of acute flare-ups.

Uses: As an anti-inflammatory or immunosuppressive agent when corticosteroid therapy is appropriate, such as treatment of certain allergic states; nervous system, neoplastic, or renal conditions; endocrine, rheumatologic, or hematologic disorders; collagen, dermatologic, ophthalmic, respiratory, or gastrointestinal diseases; specific infectious diseases or conditions related to organ transplantation.

Usual Adult Dose for Ulcerative Colitis -- Active:

Dosing should be individualized based on disease and patient response:

Initial dose: 5 to 60 mg orally per day; may be give once a day or in divided doses
Maintenance dose: Adjust or maintain initial dose until a satisfactory response is obtained; then, gradually in small decrements at appropriate intervals decrease to the lowest dose that maintains an adequate clinical response

Comments:
-Exogenous corticosteroids suppress adrenocorticoid activity the least when given at the time of maximal activity; consider time of maximal adrenal cortex activity (2 AM to 8 AM) when dosing.
-Alternate day therapy may be considered in patients requiring long-term treatment; it may be necessary to return to a full suppressive daily dose in the event of acute flare-ups.

Uses: As an anti-inflammatory or immunosuppressive agent when corticosteroid therapy is appropriate, such as treatment of certain allergic states; nervous system, neoplastic, or renal conditions; endocrine, rheumatologic, or hematologic disorders; collagen, dermatologic, ophthalmic, respiratory, or gastrointestinal diseases; specific infectious diseases or conditions related to organ transplantation.

Usual Adult Dose for Uveitis:

Dosing should be individualized based on disease and patient response:

Initial dose: 5 to 60 mg orally per day; may be give once a day or in divided doses
Maintenance dose: Adjust or maintain initial dose until a satisfactory response is obtained; then, gradually in small decrements at appropriate intervals decrease to the lowest dose that maintains an adequate clinical response

Comments:
-Exogenous corticosteroids suppress adrenocorticoid activity the least when given at the time of maximal activity; consider time of maximal adrenal cortex activity (2 AM to 8 AM) when dosing.
-Alternate day therapy may be considered in patients requiring long-term treatment; it may be necessary to return to a full suppressive daily dose in the event of acute flare-ups.

Uses: As an anti-inflammatory or immunosuppressive agent when corticosteroid therapy is appropriate, such as treatment of certain allergic states; nervous system, neoplastic, or renal conditions; endocrine, rheumatologic, or hematologic disorders; collagen, dermatologic, ophthalmic, respiratory, or gastrointestinal diseases; specific infectious diseases or conditions related to organ transplantation.

Usual Adult Dose for Iritis:

Dosing should be individualized based on disease and patient response:

Initial dose: 5 to 60 mg orally per day; may be give once a day or in divided doses
Maintenance dose: Adjust or maintain initial dose until a satisfactory response is obtained; then, gradually in small decrements at appropriate intervals decrease to the lowest dose that maintains an adequate clinical response

Comments:
-Exogenous corticosteroids suppress adrenocorticoid activity the least when given at the time of maximal activity; consider time of maximal adrenal cortex activity (2 AM to 8 AM) when dosing.
-Alternate day therapy may be considered in patients requiring long-term treatment; it may be necessary to return to a full suppressive daily dose in the event of acute flare-ups.

Uses: As an anti-inflammatory or immunosuppressive agent when corticosteroid therapy is appropriate, such as treatment of certain allergic states; nervous system, neoplastic, or renal conditions; endocrine, rheumatologic, or hematologic disorders; collagen, dermatologic, ophthalmic, respiratory, or gastrointestinal diseases; specific infectious diseases or conditions related to organ transplantation.

Usual Adult Dose for Optic Neuritis:

Dosing should be individualized based on disease and patient response:

Initial dose: 5 to 60 mg orally per day; may be give once a day or in divided doses
Maintenance dose: Adjust or maintain initial dose until a satisfactory response is obtained; then, gradually in small decrements at appropriate intervals decrease to the lowest dose that maintains an adequate clinical response

Comments:
-Exogenous corticosteroids suppress adrenocorticoid activity the least when given at the time of maximal activity; consider time of maximal adrenal cortex activity (2 AM to 8 AM) when dosing.
-Alternate day therapy may be considered in patients requiring long-term treatment; it may be necessary to return to a full suppressive daily dose in the event of acute flare-ups.

Uses: As an anti-inflammatory or immunosuppressive agent when corticosteroid therapy is appropriate, such as treatment of certain allergic states; nervous system, neoplastic, or renal conditions; endocrine, rheumatologic, or hematologic disorders; collagen, dermatologic, ophthalmic, respiratory, or gastrointestinal diseases; specific infectious diseases or conditions related to organ transplantation.

Usual Adult Dose for Gouty Arthritis:

Dosing should be individualized based on disease and patient response:

Initial dose: 5 to 60 mg orally per day; may be give once a day or in divided doses
Maintenance dose: Adjust or maintain initial dose until a satisfactory response is obtained; then, gradually in small decrements at appropriate intervals decrease to the lowest dose that maintains an adequate clinical response

Comments:
-Exogenous corticosteroids suppress adrenocorticoid activity the least when given at the time of maximal activity; consider time of maximal adrenal cortex activity (2 AM to 8 AM) when dosing.
-Alternate day therapy may be considered in patients requiring long-term treatment; it may be necessary to return to a full suppressive daily dose in the event of acute flare-ups.

Uses: As an anti-inflammatory or immunosuppressive agent when corticosteroid therapy is appropriate, such as treatment of certain allergic states; nervous system, neoplastic, or renal conditions; endocrine, rheumatologic, or hematologic disorders; collagen, dermatologic, ophthalmic, respiratory, or gastrointestinal diseases; specific infectious diseases or conditions related to organ transplantation.

Usual Adult Dose for Hemolytic Anemia:

Dosing should be individualized based on disease and patient response:

Initial dose: 5 to 60 mg orally per day; may be give once a day or in divided doses
Maintenance dose: Adjust or maintain initial dose until a satisfactory response is obtained; then, gradually in small decrements at appropriate intervals decrease to the lowest dose that maintains an adequate clinical response

Comments:
-Exogenous corticosteroids suppress adrenocorticoid activity the least when given at the time of maximal activity; consider time of maximal adrenal cortex activity (2 AM to 8 AM) when dosing.
-Alternate day therapy may be considered in patients requiring long-term treatment; it may be necessary to return to a full suppressive daily dose in the event of acute flare-ups.

Uses: As an anti-inflammatory or immunosuppressive agent when corticosteroid therapy is appropriate, such as treatment of certain allergic states; nervous system, neoplastic, or renal conditions; endocrine, rheumatologic, or hematologic disorders; collagen, dermatologic, ophthalmic, respiratory, or gastrointestinal diseases; specific infectious diseases or conditions related to organ transplantation.

Usual Adult Dose for Anti-inflammatory:

Dosing should be individualized based on disease and patient response:

Initial dose: 5 to 60 mg orally per day; may be give once a day or in divided doses
Maintenance dose: Adjust or maintain initial dose until a satisfactory response is obtained; then, gradually in small decrements at appropriate intervals decrease to the lowest dose that maintains an adequate clinical response

Comments:
-Exogenous corticosteroids suppress adrenocorticoid activity the least when given at the time of maximal activity; consider time of maximal adrenal cortex activity (2 AM to 8 AM) when dosing.
-Alternate day therapy may be considered in patients requiring long-term treatment; it may be necessary to return to a full suppressive daily dose in the event of acute flare-ups.

Uses: As an anti-inflammatory or immunosuppressive agent when corticosteroid therapy is appropriate, such as treatment of certain allergic states; nervous system, neoplastic, or renal conditions; endocrine, rheumatologic, or hematologic disorders; collagen, dermatologic, ophthalmic, respiratory, or gastrointestinal diseases; specific infectious diseases or conditions related to organ transplantation.

Usual Adult Dose for Immunosuppression:

Dosing should be individualized based on disease and patient response:

Initial dose: 5 to 60 mg orally per day; may be give once a day or in divided doses
Maintenance dose: Adjust or maintain initial dose until a satisfactory response is obtained; then, gradually in small decrements at appropriate intervals decrease to the lowest dose that maintains an adequate clinical response

Comments:
-Exogenous corticosteroids suppress adrenocorticoid activity the least when given at the time of maximal activity; consider time of maximal adrenal cortex activity (2 AM to 8 AM) when dosing.
-Alternate day therapy may be considered in patients requiring long-term treatment; it may be necessary to return to a full suppressive daily dose in the event of acute flare-ups.

Uses: As an anti-inflammatory or immunosuppressive agent when corticosteroid therapy is appropriate, such as treatment of certain allergic states; nervous system, neoplastic, or renal conditions; endocrine, rheumatologic, or hematologic disorders; collagen, dermatologic, ophthalmic, respiratory, or gastrointestinal diseases; specific infectious diseases or conditions related to organ transplantation.

Usual Adult Dose for Neoplastic Diseases:

Dosing should be individualized based on disease and patient response:

Initial dose: 5 to 60 mg orally per day; may be give once a day or in divided doses
Maintenance dose: Adjust or maintain initial dose until a satisfactory response is obtained; then, gradually in small decrements at appropriate intervals decrease to the lowest dose that maintains an adequate clinical response

Comments:
-Exogenous corticosteroids suppress adrenocorticoid activity the least when given at the time of maximal activity; consider time of maximal adrenal cortex activity (2 AM to 8 AM) when dosing.
-Alternate day therapy may be considered in patients requiring long-term treatment; it may be necessary to return to a full suppressive daily dose in the event of acute flare-ups.

Uses: As an anti-inflammatory or immunosuppressive agent when corticosteroid therapy is appropriate, such as treatment of certain allergic states; nervous system, neoplastic, or renal conditions; endocrine, rheumatologic, or hematologic disorders; collagen, dermatologic, ophthalmic, respiratory, or gastrointestinal diseases; specific infectious diseases or conditions related to organ transplantation.

Usual Adult Dose for Rheumatic Heart Disease:

Dosing should be individualized based on disease and patient response:

Initial dose: 5 to 60 mg orally per day; may be give once a day or in divided doses
Maintenance dose: Adjust or maintain initial dose until a satisfactory response is obtained; then, gradually in small decrements at appropriate intervals decrease to the lowest dose that maintains an adequate clinical response

Comments:
-Exogenous corticosteroids suppress adrenocorticoid activity the least when given at the time of maximal activity; consider time of maximal adrenal cortex activity (2 AM to 8 AM) when dosing.
-Alternate day therapy may be considered in patients requiring long-term treatment; it may be necessary to return to a full suppressive daily dose in the event of acute flare-ups.

Uses: As an anti-inflammatory or immunosuppressive agent when corticosteroid therapy is appropriate, such as treatment of certain allergic states; nervous system, neoplastic, or renal conditions; endocrine, rheumatologic, or hematologic disorders; collagen, dermatologic, ophthalmic, respiratory, or gastrointestinal diseases; specific infectious diseases or conditions related to organ transplantation.

Usual Adult Dose for Adrenocortical Insufficiency:

Dosing should be individualized based on disease and patient response:

Initial dose: 5 to 60 mg orally per day; may be give once a day or in divided doses
Maintenance dose: Adjust or maintain initial dose until a satisfactory response is obtained; then, gradually in small decrements at appropriate intervals decrease to the lowest dose that maintains an adequate clinical response

Comments:
-Exogenous corticosteroids suppress adrenocorticoid activity the least when given at the time of maximal activity; consider time of maximal adrenal cortex activity (2 AM to 8 AM) when dosing.
-Alternate day therapy may be considered in patients requiring long-term treatment; it may be necessary to return to a full suppressive daily dose in the event of acute flare-ups.

Uses: As an anti-inflammatory or immunosuppressive agent when corticosteroid therapy is appropriate, such as treatment of certain allergic states; nervous system, neoplastic, or renal conditions; endocrine, rheumatologic, or hematologic disorders; collagen, dermatologic, ophthalmic, respiratory, or gastrointestinal diseases; specific infectious diseases or conditions related to organ transplantation.

Usual Adult Dose for Corneal Ulcers:

Dosing should be individualized based on disease and patient response:

Initial dose: 5 to 60 mg orally per day; may be give once a day or in divided doses
Maintenance dose: Adjust or maintain initial dose until a satisfactory response is obtained; then, gradually in small decrements at appropriate intervals decrease to the lowest dose that maintains an adequate clinical response

Comments:
-Exogenous corticosteroids suppress adrenocorticoid activity the least when given at the time of maximal activity; consider time of maximal adrenal cortex activity (2 AM to 8 AM) when dosing.
-Alternate day therapy may be considered in patients requiring long-term treatment; it may be necessary to return to a full suppressive daily dose in the event of acute flare-ups.

Uses: As an anti-inflammatory or immunosuppressive agent when corticosteroid therapy is appropriate, such as treatment of certain allergic states; nervous system, neoplastic, or renal conditions; endocrine, rheumatologic, or hematologic disorders; collagen, dermatologic, ophthalmic, respiratory, or gastrointestinal diseases; specific infectious diseases or conditions related to organ transplantation.

Usual Adult Dose for Keratitis:

Dosing should be individualized based on disease and patient response:

Initial dose: 5 to 60 mg orally per day; may be give once a day or in divided doses
Maintenance dose: Adjust or maintain initial dose until a satisfactory response is obtained; then, gradually in small decrements at appropriate intervals decrease to the lowest dose that maintains an adequate clinical response

Comments:
-Exogenous corticosteroids suppress adrenocorticoid activity the least when given at the time of maximal activity; consider time of maximal adrenal cortex activity (2 AM to 8 AM) when dosing.
-Alternate day therapy may be considered in patients requiring long-term treatment; it may be necessary to return to a full suppressive daily dose in the event of acute flare-ups.

Uses: As an anti-inflammatory or immunosuppressive agent when corticosteroid therapy is appropriate, such as treatment of certain allergic states; nervous system, neoplastic, or renal conditions; endocrine, rheumatologic, or hematologic disorders; collagen, dermatologic, ophthalmic, respiratory, or gastrointestinal diseases; specific infectious diseases or conditions related to organ transplantation.

Usual Adult Dose for Pemphigus:

Dosing should be individualized based on disease and patient response:

Initial dose: 5 to 60 mg orally per day; may be give once a day or in divided doses
Maintenance dose: Adjust or maintain initial dose until a satisfactory response is obtained; then, gradually in small decrements at appropriate intervals decrease to the lowest dose that maintains an adequate clinical response

Comments:
-Exogenous corticosteroids suppress adrenocorticoid activity the least when given at the time of maximal activity; consider time of maximal adrenal cortex activity (2 AM to 8 AM) when dosing.
-Alternate day therapy may be considered in patients requiring long-term treatment; it may be necessary to return to a full suppressive daily dose in the event of acute flare-ups.

Uses: As an anti-inflammatory or immunosuppressive agent when corticosteroid therapy is appropriate, such as treatment of certain allergic states; nervous system, neoplastic, or renal conditions; endocrine, rheumatologic, or hematologic disorders; collagen, dermatologic, ophthalmic, respiratory, or gastrointestinal diseases; specific infectious diseases or conditions related to organ transplantation.

Usual Adult Dose for Mycosis Fungoides:

Dosing should be individualized based on disease and patient response:

Initial dose: 5 to 60 mg orally per day; may be give once a day or in divided doses
Maintenance dose: Adjust or maintain initial dose until a satisfactory response is obtained; then, gradually in small decrements at appropriate intervals decrease to the lowest dose that maintains an adequate clinical response

Comments:
-Exogenous corticosteroids suppress adrenocorticoid activity the least when given at the time of maximal activity; consider time of maximal adrenal cortex activity (2 AM to 8 AM) when dosing.
-Alternate day therapy may be considered in patients requiring long-term treatment; it may be necessary to return to a full suppressive daily dose in the event of acute flare-ups.

Uses: As an anti-inflammatory or immunosuppressive agent when corticosteroid therapy is appropriate, such as treatment of certain allergic states; nervous system, neoplastic, or renal conditions; endocrine, rheumatologic, or hematologic disorders; collagen, dermatologic, ophthalmic, respiratory, or gastrointestinal diseases; specific infectious diseases or conditions related to organ transplantation.

Usual Adult Dose for Psoriatic Arthritis:

Dosing should be individualized based on disease and patient response:

Initial dose: 5 to 60 mg orally per day; may be give once a day or in divided doses
Maintenance dose: Adjust or maintain initial dose until a satisfactory response is obtained; then, gradually in small decrements at appropriate intervals decrease to the lowest dose that maintains an adequate clinical response

Comments:
-Exogenous corticosteroids suppress adrenocorticoid activity the least when given at the time of maximal activity; consider time of maximal adrenal cortex activity (2 AM to 8 AM) when dosing.
-Alternate day therapy may be considered in patients requiring long-term treatment; it may be necessary to return to a full suppressive daily dose in the event of acute flare-ups.

Uses: As an anti-inflammatory or immunosuppressive agent when corticosteroid therapy is appropriate, such as treatment of certain allergic states; nervous system, neoplastic, or renal conditions; endocrine, rheumatologic, or hematologic disorders; collagen, dermatologic, ophthalmic, respiratory, or gastrointestinal diseases; specific infectious diseases or conditions related to organ transplantation.

Usual Adult Dose for Epicondylitis:

Dosing should be individualized based on disease and patient response:

Initial dose: 5 to 60 mg orally per day; may be give once a day or in divided doses
Maintenance dose: Adjust or maintain initial dose until a satisfactory response is obtained; then, gradually in small decrements at appropriate intervals decrease to the lowest dose that maintains an adequate clinical response

Comments:
-Exogenous corticosteroids suppress adrenocorticoid activity the least when given at the time of maximal activity; consider time of maximal adrenal cortex activity (2 AM to 8 AM) when dosing.
-Alternate day therapy may be considered in patients requiring long-term treatment; it may be necessary to return to a full suppressive daily dose in the event of acute flare-ups.

Uses: As an anti-inflammatory or immunosuppressive agent when corticosteroid therapy is appropriate, such as treatment of certain allergic states; nervous system, neoplastic, or renal conditions; endocrine, rheumatologic, or hematologic disorders; collagen, dermatologic, ophthalmic, respiratory, or gastrointestinal diseases; specific infectious diseases or conditions related to organ transplantation.

Usual Adult Dose for Iridocyclitis:

Dosing should be individualized based on disease and patient response:

Initial dose: 5 to 60 mg orally per day; may be give once a day or in divided doses
Maintenance dose: Adjust or maintain initial dose until a satisfactory response is obtained; then, gradually in small decrements at appropriate intervals decrease to the lowest dose that maintains an adequate clinical response

Comments:
-Exogenous corticosteroids suppress adrenocorticoid activity the least when given at the time of maximal activity; consider time of maximal adrenal cortex activity (2 AM to 8 AM) when dosing.
-Alternate day therapy may be considered in patients requiring long-term treatment; it may be necessary to return to a full suppressive daily dose in the event of acute flare-ups.

Uses: As an anti-inflammatory or immunosuppressive agent when corticosteroid therapy is appropriate, such as treatment of certain allergic states; nervous system, neoplastic, or renal conditions; endocrine, rheumatologic, or hematologic disorders; collagen, dermatologic, ophthalmic, respiratory, or gastrointestinal diseases; specific infectious diseases or conditions related to organ transplantation.

Usual Adult Dose for Chorioretinitis:

Dosing should be individualized based on disease and patient response:

Initial dose: 5 to 60 mg orally per day; may be give once a day or in divided doses
Maintenance dose: Adjust or maintain initial dose until a satisfactory response is obtained; then, gradually in small decrements at appropriate intervals decrease to the lowest dose that maintains an adequate clinical response

Comments:
-Exogenous corticosteroids suppress adrenocorticoid activity the least when given at the time of maximal activity; consider time of maximal adrenal cortex activity (2 AM to 8 AM) when dosing.
-Alternate day therapy may be considered in patients requiring long-term treatment; it may be necessary to return to a full suppressive daily dose in the event of acute flare-ups.

Uses: As an anti-inflammatory or immunosuppressive agent when corticosteroid therapy is appropriate, such as treatment of certain allergic states; nervous system, neoplastic, or renal conditions; endocrine, rheumatologic, or hematologic disorders; collagen, dermatologic, ophthalmic, respiratory, or gastrointestinal diseases; specific infectious diseases or conditions related to organ transplantation.

Usual Adult Dose for Choroiditis:

Dosing should be individualized based on disease and patient response:

Initial dose: 5 to 60 mg orally per day; may be give once a day or in divided doses
Maintenance dose: Adjust or maintain initial dose until a satisfactory response is obtained; then, gradually in small decrements at appropriate intervals decrease to the lowest dose that maintains an adequate clinical response

Comments:
-Exogenous corticosteroids suppress adrenocorticoid activity the least when given at the time of maximal activity; consider time of maximal adrenal cortex activity (2 AM to 8 AM) when dosing.
-Alternate day therapy may be considered in patients requiring long-term treatment; it may be necessary to return to a full suppressive daily dose in the event of acute flare-ups.

Uses: As an anti-inflammatory or immunosuppressive agent when corticosteroid therapy is appropriate, such as treatment of certain allergic states; nervous system, neoplastic, or renal conditions; endocrine, rheumatologic, or hematologic disorders; collagen, dermatologic, ophthalmic, respiratory, or gastrointestinal diseases; specific infectious diseases or conditions related to organ transplantation.

Usual Adult Dose for Berylliosis:

Dosing should be individualized based on disease and patient response:

Initial dose: 5 to 60 mg orally per day; may be give once a day or in divided doses
Maintenance dose: Adjust or maintain initial dose until a satisfactory response is obtained; then, gradually in small decrements at appropriate intervals decrease to the lowest dose that maintains an adequate clinical response

Comments:
-Exogenous corticosteroids suppress adrenocorticoid activity the least when given at the time of maximal activity; consider time of maximal adrenal cortex activity (2 AM to 8 AM) when dosing.
-Alternate day therapy may be considered in patients requiring long-term treatment; it may be necessary to return to a full suppressive daily dose in the event of acute flare-ups.

Uses: As an anti-inflammatory or immunosuppressive agent when corticosteroid therapy is appropriate, such as treatment of certain allergic states; nervous system, neoplastic, or renal conditions; endocrine, rheumatologic, or hematologic disorders; collagen, dermatologic, ophthalmic, respiratory, or gastrointestinal diseases; specific infectious diseases or conditions related to organ transplantation.

Usual Adult Dose for Synovitis:

Dosing should be individualized based on disease and patient response:

Initial dose: 5 to 60 mg orally per day; may be give once a day or in divided doses
Maintenance dose: Adjust or maintain initial dose until a satisfactory response is obtained; then, gradually in small decrements at appropriate intervals decrease to the lowest dose that maintains an adequate clinical response

Comments:
-Exogenous corticosteroids suppress adrenocorticoid activity the least when given at the time of maximal activity; consider time of maximal adrenal cortex activity (2 AM to 8 AM) when dosing.
-Alternate day therapy may be considered in patients requiring long-term treatment; it may be necessary to return to a full suppressive daily dose in the event of acute flare-ups.

Uses: As an anti-inflammatory or immunosuppressive agent when corticosteroid therapy is appropriate, such as treatment of certain allergic states; nervous system, neoplastic, or renal conditions; endocrine, rheumatologic, or hematologic disorders; collagen, dermatologic, ophthalmic, respiratory, or gastrointestinal diseases; specific infectious diseases or conditions related to organ transplantation.

Usual Adult Dose for Thrombocythemia:

Dosing should be individualized based on disease and patient response:

Initial dose: 5 to 60 mg orally per day; may be give once a day or in divided doses
Maintenance dose: Adjust or maintain initial dose until a satisfactory response is obtained; then, gradually in small decrements at appropriate intervals decrease to the lowest dose that maintains an adequate clinical response

Comments:
-Exogenous corticosteroids suppress adrenocorticoid activity the least when given at the time of maximal activity; consider time of maximal adrenal cortex activity (2 AM to 8 AM) when dosing.
-Alternate day therapy may be considered in patients requiring long-term treatment; it may be necessary to return to a full suppressive daily dose in the event of acute flare-ups.

Uses: As an anti-inflammatory or immunosuppressive agent when corticosteroid therapy is appropriate, such as treatment of certain allergic states; nervous system, neoplastic, or renal conditions; endocrine, rheumatologic, or hematologic disorders; collagen, dermatologic, ophthalmic, respiratory, or gastrointestinal diseases; specific infectious diseases or conditions related to organ transplantation.

Usual Adult Dose for Stevens-Johnson Syndrome:

Dosing should be individualized based on disease and patient response:

Initial dose: 5 to 60 mg orally per day; may be give once a day or in divided doses
Maintenance dose: Adjust or maintain initial dose until a satisfactory response is obtained; then, gradually in small decrements at appropriate intervals decrease to the lowest dose that maintains an adequate clinical response

Comments:
-Exogenous corticosteroids suppress adrenocorticoid activity the least when given at the time of maximal activity; consider time of maximal adrenal cortex activity (2 AM to 8 AM) when dosing.
-Alternate day therapy may be considered in patients requiring long-term treatment; it may be necessary to return to a full suppressive daily dose in the event of acute flare-ups.

Uses: As an anti-inflammatory or immunosuppressive agent when corticosteroid therapy is appropriate, such as treatment of certain allergic states; nervous system, neoplastic, or renal conditions; endocrine, rheumatologic, or hematologic disorders; collagen, dermatologic, ophthalmic, respiratory, or gastrointestinal diseases; specific infectious diseases or conditions related to organ transplantation.

Usual Adult Dose for Serum Sickness:

Dosing should be individualized based on disease and patient response:

Initial dose: 5 to 60 mg orally per day; may be give once a day or in divided doses
Maintenance dose: Adjust or maintain initial dose until a satisfactory response is obtained; then, gradually in small decrements at appropriate intervals decrease to the lowest dose that maintains an adequate clinical response

Comments:
-Exogenous corticosteroids suppress adrenocorticoid activity the least when given at the time of maximal activity; consider time of maximal adrenal cortex activity (2 AM to 8 AM) when dosing.
-Alternate day therapy may be considered in patients requiring long-term treatment; it may be necessary to return to a full suppressive daily dose in the event of acute flare-ups.

Uses: As an anti-inflammatory or immunosuppressive agent when corticosteroid therapy is appropriate, such as treatment of certain allergic states; nervous system, neoplastic, or renal conditions; endocrine, rheumatologic, or hematologic disorders; collagen, dermatologic, ophthalmic, respiratory, or gastrointestinal diseases; specific infectious diseases or conditions related to organ transplantation.

Usual Adult Dose for Erythema Multiforme:

Dosing should be individualized based on disease and patient response:

Initial dose: 5 to 60 mg orally per day; may be give once a day or in divided doses
Maintenance dose: Adjust or maintain initial dose until a satisfactory response is obtained; then, gradually in small decrements at appropriate intervals decrease to the lowest dose that maintains an adequate clinical response

Comments:
-Exogenous corticosteroids suppress adrenocorticoid activity the least when given at the time of maximal activity; consider time of maximal adrenal cortex activity (2 AM to 8 AM) when dosing.
-Alternate day therapy may be considered in patients requiring long-term treatment; it may be necessary to return to a full suppressive daily dose in the event of acute flare-ups.

Uses: As an anti-inflammatory or immunosuppressive agent when corticosteroid therapy is appropriate, such as treatment of certain allergic states; nervous system, neoplastic, or renal conditions; endocrine, rheumatologic, or hematologic disorders; collagen, dermatologic, ophthalmic, respiratory, or gastrointestinal diseases; specific infectious diseases or conditions related to organ transplantation.

Usual Adult Dose for Nephrotic Syndrome:

Initial episode: 1 mg/kg (up to 80 mg/day) orally once a day or 2 mg/kg (up to 120 mg) orally once every other day
Duration of therapy: 4 to 16 weeks

Comments:
-Once remission is achieved, taper slowly (up to 6 months).
-For infrequent relapse, the same initial dose and duration outlined above may be used.

Use: Recommended for use in adults with minimal-change nephrotic syndrome by the KDIGO (Kidney Disease: Improving Global Outcome) glomerulonephritis work group.

Usual Adult Dose for Asthma -- Acute:

Short-course "burst" therapy: 40 to 80 mg orally once a day or in 2 divided doses until peak expiratory flow (PEF) reaches 70% of predicted or personal best

For OUTPATIENT "burst" therapy: 40 to 60 mg orally once a day or in 2 divided doses for a total of 5 to 10 days

Comments:
-The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) guidelines for the management of asthma recommend short courses of oral systemic corticosteroids to gain prompt control when initiating long-term therapy.
-Burst therapy should continue until symptoms resolve and the peak expiratory flow (PEF) is at least 70% of predicted or personal best; this is generally 3 to 10 days, but may be longer.
-Long-term use of oral systemic corticosteroids should be reserved for the most severe, difficult to control cases due to well documented risk for side effects.

Use: Recommended for the treatment of acute episodes of asthma by the NHLBI National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.

Usual Adult Dose for Asthma -- Maintenance:

7.5 to 60 mg orally once a day or every other day

Comments:
-Titrate dose to the lowest dose needed for control
-Long-term use of oral systemic corticosteroids should be reserved for the most severe, difficult to control cases due to well documented risk for side effects.
-Administer single dose in the morning or on alternate days in the morning; alternate-day therapy may produce less adrenal suppression.

Use: Recommended for long-term treatment of severe persistent asthma by the NHLBI National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.

Usual Pediatric Dose for Allergic Reaction:

Dosing should be individualized based on disease and patient response with less emphasis on strict adherence to age or body weight dosing:

Initial dose: 0.14 to 2 mg/kg/day OR 4 to 60 mg/m2/day OR 5 to 60 mg orally once a day or in divided doses 2 to 4 times a day
Maintenance dose: Adjust or maintain initial dose until a satisfactory response is obtained; then, gradually in small decrements at appropriate intervals decrease to the lowest dose that maintains an adequate clinical response

Comments:
-Exogenous corticosteroids suppress adrenocorticoid activity the least when given at the time of maximal activity; consider time of maximal adrenal cortex activity (2 AM to 8 AM) when dosing.
-Alternate day therapy may be considered in patients requiring long-term treatment; it may be necessary to return to a full suppressive daily dose in the event of acute flare-ups.

Uses: As an anti-inflammatory or immunosuppressive agent when corticosteroid therapy is appropriate, such as for the treatment of certain allergic states; nervous system, neoplastic, or renal conditions; endocrine, rheumatologic, or hematologic disorders; collagen, dermatologic, ophthalmic, respiratory, or gastrointestinal diseases; specific infectious diseases or conditions related to organ transplantation.

Usual Pediatric Dose for Aspiration Pneumonia:

Dosing should be individualized based on disease and patient response with less emphasis on strict adherence to age or body weight dosing:

Initial dose: 0.14 to 2 mg/kg/day OR 4 to 60 mg/m2/day OR 5 to 60 mg orally once a day or in divided doses 2 to 4 times a day
Maintenance dose: Adjust or maintain initial dose until a satisfactory response is obtained; then, gradually in small decrements at appropriate intervals decrease to the lowest dose that maintains an adequate clinical response

Comments:
-Exogenous corticosteroids suppress adrenocorticoid activity the least when given at the time of maximal activity; consider time of maximal adrenal cortex activity (2 AM to 8 AM) when dosing.
-Alternate day therapy may be considered in patients requiring long-term treatment; it may be necessary to return to a full suppressive daily dose in the event of acute flare-ups.

Uses: As an anti-inflammatory or immunosuppressive agent when corticosteroid therapy is appropriate, such as for the treatment of certain allergic states; nervous system, neoplastic, or renal conditions; endocrine, rheumatologic, or hematologic disorders; collagen, dermatologic, ophthalmic, respiratory, or gastrointestinal diseases; specific infectious diseases or conditions related to organ transplantation.

Usual Pediatric Dose for Bursitis:

Dosing should be individualized based on disease and patient response with less emphasis on strict adherence to age or body weight dosing:

Initial dose: 0.14 to 2 mg/kg/day OR 4 to 60 mg/m2/day OR 5 to 60 mg orally once a day or in divided doses 2 to 4 times a day
Maintenance dose: Adjust or maintain initial dose until a satisfactory response is obtained; then, gradually in small decrements at appropriate intervals decrease to the lowest dose that maintains an adequate clinical response

Comments:
-Exogenous corticosteroids suppress adrenocorticoid activity the least when given at the time of maximal activity; consider time of maximal adrenal cortex activity (2 AM to 8 AM) when dosing.
-Alternate day therapy may be considered in patients requiring long-term treatment; it may be necessary to return to a full suppressive daily dose in the event of acute flare-ups.

Uses: As an anti-inflammatory or immunosuppressive agent when corticosteroid therapy is appropriate, such as for the treatment of certain allergic states; nervous system, neoplastic, or renal conditions; endocrine, rheumatologic, or hematologic disorders; collagen, dermatologic, ophthalmic, respiratory, or gastrointestinal diseases; specific infectious diseases or conditions related to organ transplantation.

Usual Pediatric Dose for Dermatitis Herpetiformis:

Dosing should be individualized based on disease and patient response with less emphasis on strict adherence to age or body weight dosing:

Initial dose: 0.14 to 2 mg/kg/day OR 4 to 60 mg/m2/day OR 5 to 60 mg orally once a day or in divided doses 2 to 4 times a day
Maintenance dose: Adjust or maintain initial dose until a satisfactory response is obtained; then, gradually in small decrements at appropriate intervals decrease to the lowest dose that maintains an adequate clinical response

Comments:
-Exogenous corticosteroids suppress adrenocorticoid activity the least when given at the time of maximal activity; consider time of maximal adrenal cortex activity (2 AM to 8 AM) when dosing.
-Alternate day therapy may be considered in patients requiring long-term treatment; it may be necessary to return to a full suppressive daily dose in the event of acute flare-ups.

Uses: As an anti-inflammatory or immunosuppressive agent when corticosteroid therapy is appropriate, such as for the treatment of certain allergic states; nervous system, neoplastic, or renal conditions; endocrine, rheumatologic, or hematologic disorders; collagen, dermatologic, ophthalmic, respiratory, or gastrointestinal diseases; specific infectious diseases or conditions related to organ transplantation.

Usual Pediatric Dose for Hypercalcemia of Malignancy:

Dosing should be individualized based on disease and patient response with less emphasis on strict adherence to age or body weight dosing:

Initial dose: 0.14 to 2 mg/kg/day OR 4 to 60 mg/m2/day OR 5 to 60 mg orally once a day or in divided doses 2 to 4 times a day
Maintenance dose: Adjust or maintain initial dose until a satisfactory response is obtained; then, gradually in small decrements at appropriate intervals decrease to the lowest dose that maintains an adequate clinical response

Comments:
-Exogenous corticosteroids suppress adrenocorticoid activity the least when given at the time of maximal activity; consider time of maximal adrenal cortex activity (2 AM to 8 AM) when dosing.
-Alternate day therapy may be considered in patients requiring long-term treatment; it may be necessary to return to a full suppressive daily dose in the event of acute flare-ups.

Uses: As an anti-inflammatory or immunosuppressive agent when corticosteroid therapy is appropriate, such as for the treatment of certain allergic states; nervous system, neoplastic, or renal conditions; endocrine, rheumatologic, or hematologic disorders; collagen, dermatologic, ophthalmic, respiratory, or gastrointestinal diseases; specific infectious diseases or conditions related to organ transplantation.

Usual Pediatric Dose for Loeffler's Syndrome:

Dosing should be individualized based on disease and patient response with less emphasis on strict adherence to age or body weight dosing:

Initial dose: 0.14 to 2 mg/kg/day OR 4 to 60 mg/m2/day OR 5 to 60 mg orally once a day or in divided doses 2 to 4 times a day
Maintenance dose: Adjust or maintain initial dose until a satisfactory response is obtained; then, gradually in small decrements at appropriate intervals decrease to the lowest dose that maintains an adequate clinical response

Comments:
-Exogenous corticosteroids suppress adrenocorticoid activity the least when given at the time of maximal activity; consider time of maximal adrenal cortex activity (2 AM to 8 AM) when dosing.
-Alternate day therapy may be considered in patients requiring long-term treatment; it may be necessary to return to a full suppressive daily dose in the event of acute flare-ups.

Uses: As an anti-inflammatory or immunosuppressive agent when corticosteroid therapy is appropriate, such as for the treatment of certain allergic states; nervous system, neoplastic, or renal conditions; endocrine, rheumatologic, or hematologic disorders; collagen, dermatologic, ophthalmic, respiratory, or gastrointestinal diseases; specific infectious diseases or conditions related to organ transplantation.

Usual Pediatric Dose for Osteoarthritis:

Dosing should be individualized based on disease and patient response with less emphasis on strict adherence to age or body weight dosing:

Initial dose: 0.14 to 2 mg/kg/day OR 4 to 60 mg/m2/day OR 5 to 60 mg orally once a day or in divided doses 2 to 4 times a day
Maintenance dose: Adjust or maintain initial dose until a satisfactory response is obtained; then, gradually in small decrements at appropriate intervals decrease to the lowest dose that maintains an adequate clinical response

Comments:
-Exogenous corticosteroids suppress adrenocorticoid activity the least when given at the time of maximal activity; consider time of maximal adrenal cortex activity (2 AM to 8 AM) when dosing.
-Alternate day therapy may be considered in patients requiring long-term treatment; it may be necessary to return to a full suppressive daily dose in the event of acute flare-ups.

Uses: As an anti-inflammatory or immunosuppressive agent when corticosteroid therapy is appropriate, such as for the treatment of certain allergic states; nervous system, neoplastic, or renal conditions; endocrine, rheumatologic, or hematologic disorders; collagen, dermatologic, ophthalmic, respiratory, or gastrointestinal diseases; specific infectious diseases or conditions related to organ transplantation.

Usual Pediatric Dose for Polymyositis/Dermatomyositis:

Dosing should be individualized based on disease and patient response with less emphasis on strict adherence to age or body weight dosing:

Initial dose: 0.14 to 2 mg/kg/day OR 4 to 60 mg/m2/day OR 5 to 60 mg orally once a day or in divided doses 2 to 4 times a day
Maintenance dose: Adjust or maintain initial dose until a satisfactory response is obtained; then, gradually in small decrements at appropriate intervals decrease to the lowest dose that maintains an adequate clinical response

Comments:
-Exogenous corticosteroids suppress adrenocorticoid activity the least when given at the time of maximal activity; consider time of maximal adrenal cortex activity (2 AM to 8 AM) when dosing.
-Alternate day therapy may be considered in patients requiring long-term treatment; it may be necessary to return to a full suppressive daily dose in the event of acute flare-ups.

Uses: As an anti-inflammatory or immunosuppressive agent when corticosteroid therapy is appropriate, such as for the treatment of certain allergic states; nervous system, neoplastic, or renal conditions; endocrine, rheumatologic, or hematologic disorders; collagen, dermatologic, ophthalmic, respiratory, or gastrointestinal diseases; specific infectious diseases or conditions related to organ transplantation.

Usual Pediatric Dose for Psoriasis:

Dosing should be individualized based on disease and patient response with less emphasis on strict adherence to age or body weight dosing:

Initial dose: 0.14 to 2 mg/kg/day OR 4 to 60 mg/m2/day OR 5 to 60 mg orally once a day or in divided doses 2 to 4 times a day
Maintenance dose: Adjust or maintain initial dose until a satisfactory response is obtained; then, gradually in small decrements at appropriate intervals decrease to the lowest dose that maintains an adequate clinical response

Comments:
-Exogenous corticosteroids suppress adrenocorticoid activity the least when given at the time of maximal activity; consider time of maximal adrenal cortex activity (2 AM to 8 AM) when dosing.
-Alternate day therapy may be considered in patients requiring long-term treatment; it may be necessary to return to a full suppressive daily dose in the event of acute flare-ups.

Uses: As an anti-inflammatory or immunosuppressive agent when corticosteroid therapy is appropriate, such as for the treatment of certain allergic states; nervous system, neoplastic, or renal conditions; endocrine, rheumatologic, or hematologic disorders; collagen, dermatologic, ophthalmic, respiratory, or gastrointestinal diseases; specific infectious diseases or conditions related to organ transplantation.

Usual Pediatric Dose for Sarcoidosis:

Dosing should be individualized based on disease and patient response with less emphasis on strict adherence to age or body weight dosing:

Initial dose: 0.14 to 2 mg/kg/day OR 4 to 60 mg/m2/day OR 5 to 60 mg orally once a day or in divided doses 2 to 4 times a day
Maintenance dose: Adjust or maintain initial dose until a satisfactory response is obtained; then, gradually in small decrements at appropriate intervals decrease to the lowest dose that maintains an adequate clinical response

Comments:
-Exogenous corticosteroids suppress adrenocorticoid activity the least when given at the time of maximal activity; consider time of maximal adrenal cortex activity (2 AM to 8 AM) when dosing.
-Alternate day therapy may be considered in patients requiring long-term treatment; it may be necessary to return to a full suppressive daily dose in the event of acute flare-ups.

Uses: As an anti-inflammatory or immunosuppressive agent when corticosteroid therapy is appropriate, such as for the treatment of certain allergic states; nervous system, neoplastic, or renal conditions; endocrine, rheumatologic, or hematologic disorders; collagen, dermatologic, ophthalmic, respiratory, or gastrointestinal diseases; specific infectious diseases or conditions related to organ transplantation.

Usual Pediatric Dose for Seborrheic Dermatitis:

Dosing should be individualized based on disease and patient response with less emphasis on strict adherence to age or body weight dosing:

Initial dose: 0.14 to 2 mg/kg/day OR 4 to 60 mg/m2/day OR 5 to 60 mg orally once a day or in divided doses 2 to 4 times a day
Maintenance dose: Adjust or maintain initial dose until a satisfactory response is obtained; then, gradually in small decrements at appropriate intervals decrease to the lowest dose that maintains an adequate clinical response

Comments:
-Exogenous corticosteroids suppress adrenocorticoid activity the least when given at the time of maximal activity; consider time of maximal adrenal cortex activity (2 AM to 8 AM) when dosing.
-Alternate day therapy may be considered in patients requiring long-term treatment; it may be necessary to return to a full suppressive daily dose in the event of acute flare-ups.

Uses: As an anti-inflammatory or immunosuppressive agent when corticosteroid therapy is appropriate, such as for the treatment of certain allergic states; nervous system, neoplastic, or renal conditions; endocrine, rheumatologic, or hematologic disorders; collagen, dermatologic, ophthalmic, respiratory, or gastrointestinal diseases; specific infectious diseases or conditions related to organ transplantation.

Usual Pediatric Dose for Systemic Lupus Erythematosus:

Dosing should be individualized based on disease and patient response with less emphasis on strict adherence to age or body weight dosing:

Initial dose: 0.14 to 2 mg/kg/day OR 4 to 60 mg/m2/day OR 5 to 60 mg orally once a day or in divided doses 2 to 4 times a day
Maintenance dose: Adjust or maintain initial dose until a satisfactory response is obtained; then, gradually in small decrements at appropriate intervals decrease to the lowest dose that maintains an adequate clinical response

Comments:
-Exogenous corticosteroids suppress adrenocorticoid activity the least when given at the time of maximal activity; consider time of maximal adrenal cortex activity (2 AM to 8 AM) when dosing.
-Alternate day therapy may be considered in patients requiring long-term treatment; it may be necessary to return to a full suppressive daily dose in the event of acute flare-ups.

Uses: As an anti-inflammatory or immunosuppressive agent when corticosteroid therapy is appropriate, such as for the treatment of certain allergic states; nervous system, neoplastic, or renal conditions; endocrine, rheumatologic, or hematologic disorders; collagen, dermatologic, ophthalmic, respiratory, or gastrointestinal diseases; specific infectious diseases or conditions related to organ transplantation.

Usual Pediatric Dose for Ulcerative Colitis -- Active:

Dosing should be individualized based on disease and patient response with less emphasis on strict adherence to age or body weight dosing:

Initial dose: 0.14 to 2 mg/kg/day OR 4 to 60 mg/m2/day OR 5 to 60 mg orally once a day or in divided doses 2 to 4 times a day
Maintenance dose: Adjust or maintain initial dose until a satisfactory response is obtained; then, gradually in small decrements at appropriate intervals decrease to the lowest dose that maintains an adequate clinical response

Comments:
-Exogenous corticosteroids suppress adrenocorticoid activity the least when given at the time of maximal activity; consider time of maximal adrenal cortex activity (2 AM to 8 AM) when dosing.
-Alternate day therapy may be considered in patients requiring long-term treatment; it may be necessary to return to a full suppressive daily dose in the event of acute flare-ups.

Uses: As an anti-inflammatory or immunosuppressive agent when corticosteroid therapy is appropriate, such as for the treatment of certain allergic states; nervous system, neoplastic, or renal conditions; endocrine, rheumatologic, or hematologic disorders; collagen, dermatologic, ophthalmic, respiratory, or gastrointestinal diseases; specific infectious diseases or conditions related to organ transplantation.

Usual Pediatric Dose for Uveitis:

Dosing should be individualized based on disease and patient response with less emphasis on strict adherence to age or body weight dosing:

Initial dose: 0.14 to 2 mg/kg/day OR 4 to 60 mg/m2/day OR 5 to 60 mg orally once a day or in divided doses 2 to 4 times a day
Maintenance dose: Adjust or maintain initial dose until a satisfactory response is obtained; then, gradually in small decrements at appropriate intervals decrease to the lowest dose that maintains an adequate clinical response

Comments:
-Exogenous corticosteroids suppress adrenocorticoid activity the least when given at the time of maximal activity; consider time of maximal adrenal cortex activity (2 AM to 8 AM) when dosing.
-Alternate day therapy may be considered in patients requiring long-term treatment; it may be necessary to return to a full suppressive daily dose in the event of acute flare-ups.

Uses: As an anti-inflammatory or immunosuppressive agent when corticosteroid therapy is appropriate, such as for the treatment of certain allergic states; nervous system, neoplastic, or renal conditions; endocrine, rheumatologic, or hematologic disorders; collagen, dermatologic, ophthalmic, respiratory, or gastrointestinal diseases; specific infectious diseases or conditions related to organ transplantation.

Usual Pediatric Dose for Iritis:

Dosing should be individualized based on disease and patient response with less emphasis on strict adherence to age or body weight dosing:

Initial dose: 0.14 to 2 mg/kg/day OR 4 to 60 mg/m2/day OR 5 to 60 mg orally once a day or in divided doses 2 to 4 times a day
Maintenance dose: Adjust or maintain initial dose until a satisfactory response is obtained; then, gradually in small decrements at appropriate intervals decrease to the lowest dose that maintains an adequate clinical response

Comments:
-Exogenous corticosteroids suppress adrenocorticoid activity the least when given at the time of maximal activity; consider time of maximal adrenal cortex activity (2 AM to 8 AM) when dosing.
-Alternate day therapy may be considered in patients requiring long-term treatment; it may be necessary to return to a full suppressive daily dose in the event of acute flare-ups.

Uses: As an anti-inflammatory or immunosuppressive agent when corticosteroid therapy is appropriate, such as for the treatment of certain allergic states; nervous system, neoplastic, or renal conditions; endocrine, rheumatologic, or hematologic disorders; collagen, dermatologic, ophthalmic, respiratory, or gastrointestinal diseases; specific infectious diseases or conditions related to organ transplantation.

Usual Pediatric Dose for Optic Neuritis:

Dosing should be individualized based on disease and patient response with less emphasis on strict adherence to age or body weight dosing:

Initial dose: 0.14 to 2 mg/kg/day OR 4 to 60 mg/m2/day OR 5 to 60 mg orally once a day or in divided doses 2 to 4 times a day
Maintenance dose: Adjust or maintain initial dose until a satisfactory response is obtained; then, gradually in small decrements at appropriate intervals decrease to the lowest dose that maintains an adequate clinical response

Comments:
-Exogenous corticosteroids suppress adrenocorticoid activity the least when given at the time of maximal activity; consider time of maximal adrenal cortex activity (2 AM to 8 AM) when dosing.
-Alternate day therapy may be considered in patients requiring long-term treatment; it may be necessary to return to a full suppressive daily dose in the event of acute flare-ups.

Uses: As an anti-inflammatory or immunosuppressive agent when corticosteroid therapy is appropriate, such as for the treatment of certain allergic states; nervous system, neoplastic, or renal conditions; endocrine, rheumatologic, or hematologic disorders; collagen, dermatologic, ophthalmic, respiratory, or gastrointestinal diseases; specific infectious diseases or conditions related to organ transplantation.

Usual Pediatric Dose for Hemolytic Anemia:

Dosing should be individualized based on disease and patient response with less emphasis on strict adherence to age or body weight dosing:

Initial dose: 0.14 to 2 mg/kg/day OR 4 to 60 mg/m2/day OR 5 to 60 mg orally once a day or in divided doses 2 to 4 times a day
Maintenance dose: Adjust or maintain initial dose until a satisfactory response is obtained; then, gradually in small decrements at appropriate intervals decrease to the lowest dose that maintains an adequate clinical response

Comments:
-Exogenous corticosteroids suppress adrenocorticoid activity the least when given at the time of maximal activity; consider time of maximal adrenal cortex activity (2 AM to 8 AM) when dosing.
-Alternate day therapy may be considered in patients requiring long-term treatment; it may be necessary to return to a full suppressive daily dose in the event of acute flare-ups.

Uses: As an anti-inflammatory or immunosuppressive agent when corticosteroid therapy is appropriate, such as for the treatment of certain allergic states; nervous system, neoplastic, or renal conditions; endocrine, rheumatologic, or hematologic disorders; collagen, dermatologic, ophthalmic, respiratory, or gastrointestinal diseases; specific infectious diseases or conditions related to organ transplantation.

Usual Pediatric Dose for Immunosuppression:

Dosing should be individualized based on disease and patient response with less emphasis on strict adherence to age or body weight dosing:

Initial dose: 0.14 to 2 mg/kg/day OR 4 to 60 mg/m2/day OR 5 to 60 mg orally once a day or in divided doses 2 to 4 times a day
Maintenance dose: Adjust or maintain initial dose until a satisfactory response is obtained; then, gradually in small decrements at appropriate intervals decrease to the lowest dose that maintains an adequate clinical response

Comments:
-Exogenous corticosteroids suppress adrenocorticoid activity the least when given at the time of maximal activity; consider time of maximal adrenal cortex activity (2 AM to 8 AM) when dosing.
-Alternate day therapy may be considered in patients requiring long-term treatment; it may be necessary to return to a full suppressive daily dose in the event of acute flare-ups.

Uses: As an anti-inflammatory or immunosuppressive agent when corticosteroid therapy is appropriate, such as for the treatment of certain allergic states; nervous system, neoplastic, or renal conditions; endocrine, rheumatologic, or hematologic disorders; collagen, dermatologic, ophthalmic, respiratory, or gastrointestinal diseases; specific infectious diseases or conditions related to organ transplantation.

Usual Pediatric Dose for Neoplastic Diseases:

Dosing should be individualized based on disease and patient response with less emphasis on strict adherence to age or body weight dosing:

Initial dose: 0.14 to 2 mg/kg/day OR 4 to 60 mg/m2/day OR 5 to 60 mg orally once a day or in divided doses 2 to 4 times a day
Maintenance dose: Adjust or maintain initial dose until a satisfactory response is obtained; then, gradually in small decrements at appropriate intervals decrease to the lowest dose that maintains an adequate clinical response

Comments:
-Exogenous corticosteroids suppress adrenocorticoid activity the least when given at the time of maximal activity; consider time of maximal adrenal cortex activity (2 AM to 8 AM) when dosing.
-Alternate day therapy may be considered in patients requiring long-term treatment; it may be necessary to return to a full suppressive daily dose in the event of acute flare-ups.

Uses: As an anti-inflammatory or immunosuppressive agent when corticosteroid therapy is appropriate, such as for the treatment of certain allergic states; nervous system, neoplastic, or renal conditions; endocrine, rheumatologic, or hematologic disorders; collagen, dermatologic, ophthalmic, respiratory, or gastrointestinal diseases; specific infectious diseases or conditions related to organ transplantation.

Usual Pediatric Dose for Adrenocortical Insufficiency:

Dosing should be individualized based on disease and patient response with less emphasis on strict adherence to age or body weight dosing:

Initial dose: 0.14 to 2 mg/kg/day OR 4 to 60 mg/m2/day OR 5 to 60 mg orally once a day or in divided doses 2 to 4 times a day
Maintenance dose: Adjust or maintain initial dose until a satisfactory response is obtained; then, gradually in small decrements at appropriate intervals decrease to the lowest dose that maintains an adequate clinical response

Comments:
-Exogenous corticosteroids suppress adrenocorticoid activity the least when given at the time of maximal activity; consider time of maximal adrenal cortex activity (2 AM to 8 AM) when dosing.
-Alternate day therapy may be considered in patients requiring long-term treatment; it may be necessary to return to a full suppressive daily dose in the event of acute flare-ups.

Uses: As an anti-inflammatory or immunosuppressive agent when corticosteroid therapy is appropriate, such as for the treatment of certain allergic states; nervous system, neoplastic, or renal conditions; endocrine, rheumatologic, or hematologic disorders; collagen, dermatologic, ophthalmic, respiratory, or gastrointestinal diseases; specific infectious diseases or conditions related to organ transplantation.

Usual Pediatric Dose for Corneal Ulcers:

Dosing should be individualized based on disease and patient response with less emphasis on strict adherence to age or body weight dosing:

Initial dose: 0.14 to 2 mg/kg/day OR 4 to 60 mg/m2/day OR 5 to 60 mg orally once a day or in divided doses 2 to 4 times a day
Maintenance dose: Adjust or maintain initial dose until a satisfactory response is obtained; then, gradually in small decrements at appropriate intervals decrease to the lowest dose that maintains an adequate clinical response

Comments:
-Exogenous corticosteroids suppress adrenocorticoid activity the least when given at the time of maximal activity; consider time of maximal adrenal cortex activity (2 AM to 8 AM) when dosing.
-Alternate day therapy may be considered in patients requiring long-term treatment; it may be necessary to return to a full suppressive daily dose in the event of acute flare-ups.

Uses: As an anti-inflammatory or immunosuppressive agent when corticosteroid therapy is appropriate, such as for the treatment of certain allergic states; nervous system, neoplastic, or renal conditions; endocrine, rheumatologic, or hematologic disorders; collagen, dermatologic, ophthalmic, respiratory, or gastrointestinal diseases; specific infectious diseases or conditions related to organ transplantation.

Usual Pediatric Dose for Keratitis:

Dosing should be individualized based on disease and patient response with less emphasis on strict adherence to age or body weight dosing:

Initial dose: 0.14 to 2 mg/kg/day OR 4 to 60 mg/m2/day OR 5 to 60 mg orally once a day or in divided doses 2 to 4 times a day
Maintenance dose: Adjust or maintain initial dose until a satisfactory response is obtained; then, gradually in small decrements at appropriate intervals decrease to the lowest dose that maintains an adequate clinical response

Comments:
-Exogenous corticosteroids suppress adrenocorticoid activity the least when given at the time of maximal activity; consider time of maximal adrenal cortex activity (2 AM to 8 AM) when dosing.
-Alternate day therapy may be considered in patients requiring long-term treatment; it may be necessary to return to a full suppressive daily dose in the event of acute flare-ups.

Uses: As an anti-inflammatory or immunosuppressive agent when corticosteroid therapy is appropriate, such as for the treatment of certain allergic states; nervous system, neoplastic, or renal conditions; endocrine, rheumatologic, or hematologic disorders; collagen, dermatologic, ophthalmic, respiratory, or gastrointestinal diseases; specific infectious diseases or conditions related to organ transplantation.

Usual Pediatric Dose for Pemphigus:

Dosing should be individualized based on disease and patient response with less emphasis on strict adherence to age or body weight dosing:

Initial dose: 0.14 to 2 mg/kg/day OR 4 to 60 mg/m2/day OR 5 to 60 mg orally once a day or in divided doses 2 to 4 times a day
Maintenance dose: Adjust or maintain initial dose until a satisfactory response is obtained; then, gradually in small decrements at appropriate intervals decrease to the lowest dose that maintains an adequate clinical response

Comments:
-Exogenous corticosteroids suppress adrenocorticoid activity the least when given at the time of maximal activity; consider time of maximal adrenal cortex activity (2 AM to 8 AM) when dosing.
-Alternate day therapy may be considered in patients requiring long-term treatment; it may be necessary to return to a full suppressive daily dose in the event of acute flare-ups.

Uses: As an anti-inflammatory or immunosuppressive agent when corticosteroid therapy is appropriate, such as for the treatment of certain allergic states; nervous system, neoplastic, or renal conditions; endocrine, rheumatologic, or hematologic disorders; collagen, dermatologic, ophthalmic, respiratory, or gastrointestinal diseases; specific infectious diseases or conditions related to organ transplantation.

Usual Pediatric Dose for Mycosis Fungoides:

Dosing should be individualized based on disease and patient response with less emphasis on strict adherence to age or body weight dosing:

Initial dose: 0.14 to 2 mg/kg/day OR 4 to 60 mg/m2/day OR 5 to 60 mg orally once a day or in divided doses 2 to 4 times a day
Maintenance dose: Adjust or maintain initial dose until a satisfactory response is obtained; then, gradually in small decrements at appropriate intervals decrease to the lowest dose that maintains an adequate clinical response

Comments:
-Exogenous corticosteroids suppress adrenocorticoid activity the least when given at the time of maximal activity; consider time of maximal adrenal cortex activity (2 AM to 8 AM) when dosing.
-Alternate day therapy may be considered in patients requiring long-term treatment; it may be necessary to return to a full suppressive daily dose in the event of acute flare-ups.

Uses: As an anti-inflammatory or immunosuppressive agent when corticosteroid therapy is appropriate, such as for the treatment of certain allergic states; nervous system, neoplastic, or renal conditions; endocrine, rheumatologic, or hematologic disorders; collagen, dermatologic, ophthalmic, respiratory, or gastrointestinal diseases; specific infectious diseases or conditions related to organ transplantation.

Usual Pediatric Dose for Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis:

Dosing should be individualized based on disease and patient response with less emphasis on strict adherence to age or body weight dosing:

Initial dose: 0.14 to 2 mg/kg/day OR 4 to 60 mg/m2/day OR 5 to 60 mg orally once a day or in divided doses 2 to 4 times a day
Maintenance dose: Adjust or maintain initial dose until a satisfactory response is obtained; then, gradually in small decrements at appropriate intervals decrease to the lowest dose that maintains an adequate clinical response

Comments:
-Exogenous corticosteroids suppress adrenocorticoid activity the least when given at the time of maximal activity; consider time of maximal adrenal cortex activity (2 AM to 8 AM) when dosing.
-Alternate day therapy may be considered in patients requiring long-term treatment; it may be necessary to return to a full suppressive daily dose in the event of acute flare-ups.

Uses: As an anti-inflammatory or immunosuppressive agent when corticosteroid therapy is appropriate, such as for the treatment of certain allergic states; nervous system, neoplastic, or renal conditions; endocrine, rheumatologic, or hematologic disorders; collagen, dermatologic, ophthalmic, respiratory, or gastrointestinal diseases; specific infectious diseases or conditions related to organ transplantation.

Usual Pediatric Dose for Psoriatic Arthritis:

Dosing should be individualized based on disease and patient response with less emphasis on strict adherence to age or body weight dosing:

Initial dose: 0.14 to 2 mg/kg/day OR 4 to 60 mg/m2/day OR 5 to 60 mg orally once a day or in divided doses 2 to 4 times a day
Maintenance dose: Adjust or maintain initial dose until a satisfactory response is obtained; then, gradually in small decrements at appropriate intervals decrease to the lowest dose that maintains an adequate clinical response

Comments:
-Exogenous corticosteroids suppress adrenocorticoid activity the least when given at the time of maximal activity; consider time of maximal adrenal cortex activity (2 AM to 8 AM) when dosing.
-Alternate day therapy may be considered in patients requiring long-term treatment; it may be necessary to return to a full suppressive daily dose in the event of acute flare-ups.

Uses: As an anti-inflammatory or immunosuppressive agent when corticosteroid therapy is appropriate, such as for the treatment of certain allergic states; nervous system, neoplastic, or renal conditions; endocrine, rheumatologic, or hematologic disorders; collagen, dermatologic, ophthalmic, respiratory, or gastrointestinal diseases; specific infectious diseases or conditions related to organ transplantation.

Usual Pediatric Dose for Epicondylitis:

Dosing should be individualized based on disease and patient response with less emphasis on strict adherence to age or body weight dosing:

Initial dose: 0.14 to 2 mg/kg/day OR 4 to 60 mg/m2/day OR 5 to 60 mg orally once a day or in divided doses 2 to 4 times a day
Maintenance dose: Adjust or maintain initial dose until a satisfactory response is obtained; then, gradually in small decrements at appropriate intervals decrease to the lowest dose that maintains an adequate clinical response

Comments:
-Exogenous corticosteroids suppress adrenocorticoid activity the least when given at the time of maximal activity; consider time of maximal adrenal cortex activity (2 AM to 8 AM) when dosing.
-Alternate day therapy may be considered in patients requiring long-term treatment; it may be necessary to return to a full suppressive daily dose in the event of acute flare-ups.

Uses: As an anti-inflammatory or immunosuppressive agent when corticosteroid therapy is appropriate, such as for the treatment of certain allergic states; nervous system, neoplastic, or renal conditions; endocrine, rheumatologic, or hematologic disorders; collagen, dermatologic, ophthalmic, respiratory, or gastrointestinal diseases; specific infectious diseases or conditions related to organ transplantation.

Usual Pediatric Dose for Iridocyclitis:

Dosing should be individualized based on disease and patient response with less emphasis on strict adherence to age or body weight dosing:

Initial dose: 0.14 to 2 mg/kg/day OR 4 to 60 mg/m2/day OR 5 to 60 mg orally once a day or in divided doses 2 to 4 times a day
Maintenance dose: Adjust or maintain initial dose until a satisfactory response is obtained; then, gradually in small decrements at appropriate intervals decrease to the lowest dose that maintains an adequate clinical response

Comments:
-Exogenous corticosteroids suppress adrenocorticoid activity the least when given at the time of maximal activity; consider time of maximal adrenal cortex activity (2 AM to 8 AM) when dosing.
-Alternate day therapy may be considered in patients requiring long-term treatment; it may be necessary to return to a full suppressive daily dose in the event of acute flare-ups.

Uses: As an anti-inflammatory or immunosuppressive agent when corticosteroid therapy is appropriate, such as for the treatment of certain allergic states; nervous system, neoplastic, or renal conditions; endocrine, rheumatologic, or hematologic disorders; collagen, dermatologic, ophthalmic, respiratory, or gastrointestinal diseases; specific infectious diseases or conditions related to organ transplantation.

Usual Pediatric Dose for Choroiditis:

Dosing should be individualized based on disease and patient response with less emphasis on strict adherence to age or body weight dosing:

Initial dose: 0.14 to 2 mg/kg/day OR 4 to 60 mg/m2/day OR 5 to 60 mg orally once a day or in divided doses 2 to 4 times a day
Maintenance dose: Adjust or maintain initial dose until a satisfactory response is obtained; then, gradually in small decrements at appropriate intervals decrease to the lowest dose that maintains an adequate clinical response

Comments:
-Exogenous corticosteroids suppress adrenocorticoid activity the least when given at the time of maximal activity; consider time of maximal adrenal cortex activity (2 AM to 8 AM) when dosing.
-Alternate day therapy may be considered in patients requiring long-term treatment; it may be necessary to return to a full suppressive daily dose in the event of acute flare-ups.

Uses: As an anti-inflammatory or immunosuppressive agent when corticosteroid therapy is appropriate, such as for the treatment of certain allergic states; nervous system, neoplastic, or renal conditions; endocrine, rheumatologic, or hematologic disorders; collagen, dermatologic, ophthalmic, respiratory, or gastrointestinal diseases; specific infectious diseases or conditions related to organ transplantation.

Usual Pediatric Dose for Synovitis:

Dosing should be individualized based on disease and patient response with less emphasis on strict adherence to age or body weight dosing:

Initial dose: 0.14 to 2 mg/kg/day OR 4 to 60 mg/m2/day OR 5 to 60 mg orally once a day or in divided doses 2 to 4 times a day
Maintenance dose: Adjust or maintain initial dose until a satisfactory response is obtained; then, gradually in small decrements at appropriate intervals decrease to the lowest dose that maintains an adequate clinical response

Comments:
-Exogenous corticosteroids suppress adrenocorticoid activity the least when given at the time of maximal activity; consider time of maximal adrenal cortex activity (2 AM to 8 AM) when dosing.
-Alternate day therapy may be considered in patients requiring long-term treatment; it may be necessary to return to a full suppressive daily dose in the event of acute flare-ups.

Uses: As an anti-inflammatory or immunosuppressive agent when corticosteroid therapy is appropriate, such as for the treatment of certain allergic states; nervous system, neoplastic, or renal conditions; endocrine, rheumatologic, or hematologic disorders; collagen, dermatologic, ophthalmic, respiratory, or gastrointestinal diseases; specific infectious diseases or conditions related to organ transplantation.

Usual Pediatric Dose for Thrombocythemia:

Dosing should be individualized based on disease and patient response with less emphasis on strict adherence to age or body weight dosing:

Initial dose: 0.14 to 2 mg/kg/day OR 4 to 60 mg/m2/day OR 5 to 60 mg orally once a day or in divided doses 2 to 4 times a day
Maintenance dose: Adjust or maintain initial dose until a satisfactory response is obtained; then, gradually in small decrements at appropriate intervals decrease to the lowest dose that maintains an adequate clinical response

Comments:
-Exogenous corticosteroids suppress adrenocorticoid activity the least when given at the time of maximal activity; consider time of maximal adrenal cortex activity (2 AM to 8 AM) when dosing.
-Alternate day therapy may be considered in patients requiring long-term treatment; it may be necessary to return to a full suppressive daily dose in the event of acute flare-ups.

Uses: As an anti-inflammatory or immunosuppressive agent when corticosteroid therapy is appropriate, such as for the treatment of certain allergic states; nervous system, neoplastic, or renal conditions; endocrine, rheumatologic, or hematologic disorders; collagen, dermatologic, ophthalmic, respiratory, or gastrointestinal diseases; specific infectious diseases or conditions related to organ transplantation.

Usual Pediatric Dose for Stevens-Johnson Syndrome:

Dosing should be individualized based on disease and patient response with less emphasis on strict adherence to age or body weight dosing:

Initial dose: 0.14 to 2 mg/kg/day OR 4 to 60 mg/m2/day OR 5 to 60 mg orally once a day or in divided doses 2 to 4 times a day
Maintenance dose: Adjust or maintain initial dose until a satisfactory response is obtained; then, gradually in small decrements at appropriate intervals decrease to the lowest dose that maintains an adequate clinical response

Comments:
-Exogenous corticosteroids suppress adrenocorticoid activity the least when given at the time of maximal activity; consider time of maximal adrenal cortex activity (2 AM to 8 AM) when dosing.
-Alternate day therapy may be considered in patients requiring long-term treatment; it may be necessary to return to a full suppressive daily dose in the event of acute flare-ups.

Uses: As an anti-inflammatory or immunosuppressive agent when corticosteroid therapy is appropriate, such as for the treatment of certain allergic states; nervous system, neoplastic, or renal conditions; endocrine, rheumatologic, or hematologic disorders; collagen, dermatologic, ophthalmic, respiratory, or gastrointestinal diseases; specific infectious diseases or conditions related to organ transplantation.

Usual Pediatric Dose for Serum Sickness:

Dosing should be individualized based on disease and patient response with less emphasis on strict adherence to age or body weight dosing:

Initial dose: 0.14 to 2 mg/kg/day OR 4 to 60 mg/m2/day OR 5 to 60 mg orally once a day or in divided doses 2 to 4 times a day
Maintenance dose: Adjust or maintain initial dose until a satisfactory response is obtained; then, gradually in small decrements at appropriate intervals decrease to the lowest dose that maintains an adequate clinical response

Comments:
-Exogenous corticosteroids suppress adrenocorticoid activity the least when given at the time of maximal activity; consider time of maximal adrenal cortex activity (2 AM to 8 AM) when dosing.
-Alternate day therapy may be considered in patients requiring long-term treatment; it may be necessary to return to a full suppressive daily dose in the event of acute flare-ups.

Uses: As an anti-inflammatory or immunosuppressive agent when corticosteroid therapy is appropriate, such as for the treatment of certain allergic states; nervous system, neoplastic, or renal conditions; endocrine, rheumatologic, or hematologic disorders; collagen, dermatologic, ophthalmic, respiratory, or gastrointestinal diseases; specific infectious diseases or conditions related to organ transplantation.

Usual Pediatric Dose for Asthma -- Acute:

Age: Less than 12 years:
Short-course "burst" therapy: 1 to 2 mg/kg orally in 2 divided doses until peak expiratory flow (PEF) is 70% of predicted or personal best
-Dose of 1 mg/kg/day appears to be equally efficacious and may result in fewer behavioral side effects
Maximum dose: 60 mg/day
Duration of therapy: 3 to 10 days

Age: 12 years or older:
Short-course "burst" therapy: 40 to 80 mg orally once a day or in 2 divided doses until PEF is 70% of predicted or personal best
-For OUTPATIENT "burst" therapy: 40 to 60 mg orally once a day or in 2 divided doses
Duration of therapy: 5 to 10 days

Comments:
-The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) guidelines for the management of asthma recommend short courses of oral systemic corticosteroids to gain prompt control when initiating long-term therapy.
-Short courses of oral corticosteroids should be considered at the first sign of infection in children who have a history of severe exacerbations with viral respiratory infections.
-Burst therapy should continue until symptoms resolve and the PEF is at least 70% of predicted or personal best; this is generally 3 to 10 days, but may be longer.
-Long-term use of oral systemic corticosteroids should be reserved for the most severe, difficult to control cases due to well documented risk for side effects.

Use: Recommended for treatment of acute episodes of asthma by the NHLBI National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.

Usual Pediatric Dose for Nephrotic Syndrome:

Age: 1 year or older:
Initial episode: 60 mg/m2 or 2 mg/kg (up to 60 mg/day) orally once a day for at least 4 to 6 weeks; follow with alternate-day therapy: 40 mg/m2 or 1.5 mg/kg (up to 40 mg/day) orally once a day on alternate days for 2 to 5 months with tapering of dose
Duration of therapy: At least 12 weeks

Infrequent Relapsing Episodes: 1 relapse in 6 months or 1 to 3 relapses in 12 months:
60 mg/m2 or 2 mg/kg (up to 60 mg/day) orally once a day until urinary protein is negative for 3 days; follow with alternate-day therapy: 40 mg/m2 or 1.5 mg/kg (up to 40 mg/day) orally once a day on alternate days for 4 weeks, then taper dose

Frequent Relapsing Episodes: 2 relapses in 6 months or 4 or more relapses in 12 months:
60 mg/m2 or 2 mg/kg (up to 60 mg/day) orally once a day until complete remission for at least 3 days, then 40 mg/m2 or 1.5 mg/kg (up to 40 mg/day) orally once a day on alternate days for at least 3 months
-For those who are frequent relapsers: The lowest dose (preferably every other day) to maintain remission without major adverse effects should be used; consider corticosteroid-sparing agents.

Comments:
-Studies have shown an initial steroid treatment period of 6 weeks followed by an alternate-day maintenance period of 6 weeks (total duration 12 weeks) has resulted in a lower rate of relapse.
-Daily prednisolone may need to be given during episodes of upper respiratory tract and other infections to reduce the risk for relapse in children with frequently relapsing steroid dependent nephrotic syndrome already on alternate-day therapy.

Use: Recommended for use in in children with steroid-sensitive nephrotic syndrome by the KDIGO (Kidney Disease: Improving Global Outcome) glomerulonephritis work group.

What other drugs will affect prednisolone?

Many drugs can interact with prednisolone. Below is just a partial list. Tell your doctor if you are using:

  • aspirin (taken on a daily basis or at high doses);

  • a diuretic (water pill);

  • a blood thinner such as warfarin (Coumadin, Jantoven);

  • cyclosporine (Gengraf, Neoral, Sandimmune);

  • insulin or diabetes medications you take by mouth;

  • ketoconazole (Nizoral);

  • rifampin (Rifadin, Rifater, Rifamate, Rimactane); or

  • seizure medications such as phenytoin (Dilantin) or phenobarbital (Solfoton).

This list is not complete and other drugs may interact with prednisolone. Tell your doctor about all medications you use. This includes prescription, over-the-counter, vitamin, and herbal products. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor.

Where can I get more information?

  • Your pharmacist can provide more information about prednisolone.
  • Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
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