PEVANTI 20MG TABLETS
Active substance(s): PREDNISOLONE / PREDNISOLONE / PREDNISOLONE
Package leaflet: Information for the patient
Pevanti 2.5 mg Tablets
Pevanti 5 mg Tablets
Pevanti 10 mg Tablets
Pevanti 20 mg Tablets
Pevanti 25 mg Tablets
Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start taking this medicine because it contains important
information for you.
• Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
• If you have any further questions, ask your doctor, pharmacist or nurse.
• This medicine has been prescribed for you only. Do not pass it on to others. It may harm them, even if their signs
of illness are the same as yours.
• If you get any side effects talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse. This includes any possible side effects not
listed in this leaflet. See section 4. Your doctor may have given you this medicine before from another company.
It may have looked slightly different. However, either brand will have the same effect.
The name of your medicine is Pevanti 2.5 mg Tablets, Pevanti 5 mg Tablets, Pevanti 10 mg Tablets, Pevanti 20 mg
Tablets, Pevanti 25 mg Tablets. It will be referred to as Pevanti Tablets for ease hereafter.
Important things you need to know about Pevanti Tablets
• Pevanti is a steroid medicine. This can be prescribed for many different conditions, including serious illnesses
• You need to take it regularly to get the maximum benefit
• Do not stop taking this medicine without talking to your doctor - you may need to reduce the dose gradually
• Pevanti can cause side effects in some people (read section 4 for more information). Some side effects such
as mood changes (feeling depressed, or ‘high’) or stomach problems can happen straight away. If you feel
unwell in any way, keep taking your tablets, but see your doctor straight away
• Some side effects only happen after weeks or months. These include weakness of arms and legs or
developing a rounder face (read section 4 for more information)
• If you take this medicine for more than 3 weeks, you will be given a blue ‘steroid card’: always keep it with
you and show it to any doctor or nurse treating you
• Keep away from people who have chickenpox or shingles, if you have never had them. They could affect
you severely. If you do come into contact with chickenpox or shingles, see your doctor straight away.
Now read the rest of this leaflet. It includes other important information on the safe and effective use of this medicine
that might be especially important for you.
What is in this leaflet
1. What Pevanti Tablets are and what they are used for
2. What you need to know before you take Pevanti Tablets
3. How to take Pevanti Tablets
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Pevanti Tablets
6. Contents of the pack and other information
1. WHAT PEVANTI TABLETS ARE AND WHAT THEY ARE USED FOR
Pevanti Tablets contain the active ingredient prednisolone. Prednisolone belongs to a group of medicines called steroids.
Their full name is corticosteroids. These corticosteroids occur naturally in the body, and help to maintain health and wellbeing. Boosting your body with extra corticosteroid (such as Prednisolone) is an effective way to treat various illnesses
such as allergic reactions (for example asthma, eczema) and inflammatory conditions (for example arthritis).
Prednisolone acts by reducing the inflammation caused by these illnesses, which could otherwise go on making
your condition worse.
You must take this medicine regularly to get maximum benefit from it.
2. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE YOU TAKE PEVANTI TABLETS
Do not take Pevanti Tablets:
• if you are allergic to prednisolone or any of the other ingredients of this medicine (listed in section 6). Signs of
an allergic reaction include: rash, swallowing or breathing problems, swelling of your lips, face, throat or tongue
• if you have an infection that affects your whole body (systemic infection), which is not already being treated
(such as measles, chickenpox or shingles)
• if you are suffering from a herpes infection of the eye.
Do not take this medicine if any of the above apply to you. If you are not sure, talk to your doctor or pharmacist
before taking Pevanti Tablets.
Warnings and precautions
Talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse before taking Pevanti Tablets, especially if:
- you have or have ever had severe depression or manic-depression (bipolar disorder). This includes having had
depression before while taking steroid medicines like Pevanti Tablets or any of your close family has had these illnesses
- you have or have ever had mental problems such as ‘depression’ or ‘psychoses’
- you have epilepsy (fits)
- you or anyone in your family has diabetes
- you have high blood pressure
- you have kidney, liver or heart problems
- you have brittle or weak bones called osteoporosis
- you are receiving treatment for a condition called myasthenia gravis (a rare muscular disorder)
- you have ever had blood clots (deep vein thrombosis or thromboembolism)
- you or anyone in your family has an eye problem called glaucoma
- you have or have ever had a stomach ulcer
- you have or have ever had a bad reaction such as muscle weakness to any steroid
- you have been in contact with anyone who has chickenpox, shingles or measles. Contact your doctor
immediately for advice
- you have or have ever had ‘tuberculosis’ (TB)
- you are receiving any vaccines (please see below, “Vaccinations”).
If any of the above apply to you, your doctor may want to see you more often during your treatment.
If any of the above applies to you or if you are not sure, talk to your doctor before taking this medicine.
Contact your doctor if you experience blurred vision or other visual disturbances.
Mental problems while taking Pevanti Tablets
Mental health problems can happen while taking steroids like Pevanti Tablets (see also section 4, Possible side effects)
• these illnesses can be serious
• usually they start within a few days or weeks of starting the medicine
• they are more likely to happen at high doses
• most of these problems go away if the dose is lowered or the medicine is stopped. However, if problems do
happen, they might need treatment.
Talk to your doctor if you (or someone taking this medicine), show any signs of mental problems. This is particularly
important if you are depressed, or might be thinking about suicide. In a few cases, mental problems have happened
when doses are being lowered or stopped.
Other medicines and Pevanti Tablets
Please tell your doctor if you are taking or have recently taken any other medicines, including medicines obtained
without a prescription.
Some medicines may increase the effects of Pevanti Tablets and your doctor may wish to monitor you carefully if
you are taking these medicines (including some medicines for HIV: ritonavir, cobicistat).
Pevanti Tablets and some other medicines can affect the way each other work. In particular, tell your doctor if you
are taking any of the following:
• medicines for thinning your blood (such as warfarin)
• medicines for diabetes (such as insulin)
• medicines for epilepsy (such as carbamazepine and phenytoin)
• medicines for high blood pressure (such as furosemide and bendroflumethazide)
• medicines which contain oestrogens including oral contraceptives
• medicines to treat infections (such as rifampicin, erythromycin and ketoconazole – used in fungal infections)
• medicines to treat asthma (such as salbutamol and salmeterol)
• anti-inflammatory medicines (such as aspirin and ibuprofen)
• ciclosporin – used to suppress the immune system
• methotrexate – used to treat a variety of illnesses such as arthritis
• mifepristone – used for abortion
• oral contraceptives (the ‘pill’).
If you have just had any injections or vaccinations, tell your doctor before you take Pevanti Tablets. If you are going
to have any injections or vaccinations, tell your doctor or nurse that you are taking Pevanti Tablets. This includes
those needed for a foreign holiday. Some vaccines should not be given to patients taking Pevanti Tablets. This is
because Pevanti Tablets can affect the way some vaccines work. Talk to your doctor if you are not sure.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding
If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, think you may be pregnant or are planning to have a baby, ask your doctor
or pharmacist for advice before taking this medicine.
Pevanti Tablets contain lactose
This medicine contains lactose. If you have been told by your doctor that you have an intolerance to some sugars,
contact your doctor before taking this medicinal product.
3. HOW TO TAKE PEVANTI TABLETS
If you have been given this medicine for more than three weeks, you will be given a blue ‘steroid card’ by
your doctor or pharmacist. It contains information about your medicine, including dose instructions. This is
important if you fall ill or are in an accident. You should carry the card with you at all times.
Always take this medicine exactly as your doctor or pharmacist has told you, especially if you are elderly.
Check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.
Swallow the tablets whole with a glass of water in the morning after breakfast. It is important to take your medicine
at the right times.
The recommended doses are
Adults – 20-60 mg daily initially (higher doses may be required for specific conditions), reducing to a maintenance
dose of 5-20 mg daily.
Elderly – doses may be adjusted by the doctor depending of the severity of the side effects.
Use in children and adolescents
Children do not take as many tablets as adults. Your doctor will tell you what is the right number of tablets for your child.
Your doctor may change your dose in order to use the lowest effective dose, depending on your response to the
Your doctor should check your progress at regular visits. Also, your doctor may have to check your progress after
you have stopped using this medicine, since some of the effects may continue.
If you take more Pevanti Tablets than you should
If you (or someone else) take more tablets than prescribed, or you think a child may have taken any tablets, contact
your nearest hospital emergency department or tell your doctor immediately.
If you forget to take Pevanti Tablets
If you forget to take a dose, take it as soon as you remember and then take your next dose at the usual time. Do
not take a double dose, to make up for a forgotten dose.
If you stop taking Pevanti Tablets
If you have been given Pevanti Tablets for more than 3 weeks your doctor will ensure that your dose is gradually
reduced so as to avoid any withdrawal symptoms. It is important that you complete the course of treatment as
per your doctor’s instructions.
If you suddenly stop taking your medicine the following side effects can occur: lack of appetite, feeling sick, being
sick, tiredness, skin peeling, inflammation of the inside of the nose, inflammation (swelling and redness) of the
conjunctiva (the outermost layer of the eye and the inner surface of the eyelids), muscle or joint pain, fever,
headache, weight loss, painful itch skin lumps or low blood pressure. If you notice any of these symptoms please
contact your doctor as soon as possible.
If you have any further questions on the use of this medicine, ask your doctor, pharmacist or nurse.
4. POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS
Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.
You may experience side effects particularly when you first start taking this medicine. Talk to your doctor or
pharmacist if you notice any of the following effects or any effects not listed in this leaflet.
Stop taking Pevanti Tablets and contact your doctor straight away if the following allergic reaction happens:
puffy, swollen face, tongue or body, which may cause shortness of breath, shock and collapse.
Tell your doctor straight away if you experience any of the following:
• inflammation of the pancreas (very severe abdominal pains)
• steroids including Pevanti Tablets can cause serious mental health problems. These are common in both
adults and children. They can affect about 5 in every 100 people taking medicines like Pevanti Tablets.
These side effects include:
- feeling depressed, including thinking about suicide
- feeling high (mania) or moods that go up and down
- feeling anxious, having problems sleeping, difficulty in thinking or being confused and losing your memory
- feeling, seeing or hearing things which do not exist (hallucinations). Having strange and frightening
thoughts, changing how you act or having feelings of being alone
- feeling dependant or addicted to this product.
The following side effects have been reported. Tell your doctor if you experience any of the following:
Not known: frequency cannot be estimated from the available data
Heart – high blood pressure, congestive heart failure in those already at risk
Stomach and intestines – increased appetite, indigestion, feeling sick, feeling bloated, weight gain, stomach ulcers
which may burst and cause bleeding, diarrhoea, very sore throat and white areas inside your mouth (oral thrush)
Muscles or bones – brittle bones (osteoporosis), muscle weakness and pain
Nervous system – dizziness, headache, difficulty in sleeping, worsening of epilepsy, raised pressure in the skull
(causing pain behind the eyes)
Skin – difficult healing of wounds, unusual increase in hair growth on body or face, skin rashes, unusual bruising,
thinning of the skin, acne, appearance of reddish purple lines
Hormones – filling or rounding of the face (Cushing’s syndrome), periods become irregular or stop completely,
changes in blood glucose levels, weight gain, reduced growth in infancy, childhood and adolescence.
Kidney – water and salt retention, loss of potassium in the urine
Blood – blood clots, increase in the number of white blood cells
Eyes – increase pressure in the eye, cataracts, thinning of the tissue of the eye, bulging of the eye, blurred vision
Other – increased risk to infections, previous infections such as tuberculosis (TB) may reoccur more easily.
Reporting of side effects
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse. This includes any possible side effects not listed
in this leaflet. You can also report side effects directly via the Yellow Card Scheme at: www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard
By reporting side effects you can help provide more information on the safety of this medicine.
5. HOW TO STORE PEVANTI TABLETS
Keep this medicine out of the sight and reach of children.
Do not use this medicine after the expiry date which is stated on the label and carton. The expiry date refers to the
last day of that month.
This medicinal product stored in HDPE bottles does not require any special storage precautions. Do not store above
25°C for tablets stored in blisters. Do not throw away any medicines via wastewater or household waste. Ask your
pharmacist how to throw away any medicines you no longer use. These measures will help protect the environment.
6. CONTENTS OF THE PACK AND OTHER INFORMATION
What Pevanti Tablets contain
- the active substance is prednisolone. Each tablet contains either 2.5 mg, 5 mg, 10 mg, 20 mg or 25 mg of
- the other ingredients are: potato starch, lactose, talc, gelatine and magnesium stearate.
What Pevanti Tablets look like and contents of the pack
Pevanti Tablets are plain white, circular tablets with a score-line on one side. Pevanti 2.5 mg and 5 mg are biplane
tablets. Pevanti 10 mg tablets are biconvex with a break line on one side and “1” added on one side of the break
line. Pevanti 20 mg and 25 mg are biconvex tablets.
Pevanti 2.5 mg, 5 mg, 10 mg and 20 mg Tablets come in packs of 30 tablets each in blisters or in packs of 25, 50,
100, 200 and 300 tablets in HDPE bottles.
Pevanti 25 mg Tablets come in packs of 56 or 60 tablets each in blisters or in packs of 10, 56 and 100 tablets in
Not all pack sizes may be marketed.
Marketing Authorisation Holder and Manufacturer
Marketing Authorisation Holder
Mercury Pharmaceuticals Ltd,
Capital House, 85 King William Street, London, EC4N 7BL, UK
Viminco A/S, Lodshuveh 11, 4230 Skælskør, Denmark
S.C. SANTA S.A., Str. Carpatilor nr. 60, obiectiv nr. 47, 48, 58
Brasov, jud. Brasov, Cod 500269, Romania
Millmount Healthcare Ltd,
Block-7, City North Business Campus, Stanmullen, Co. Meath, Ireland
This leaflet was last revised in May 2017.
Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency
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