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What is Prednisone?

Prednisone is a corticosteroid used to treat various inflammatory and allergy conditions as well as other diseases. Prednisone requires a prescription from your veterinarian, and is sold per tablet.
For: Cats and Dogs
 
Benefits:
Treats a wide range of inflammatory and auto-immune conditions
Remedies swelling and itchy skin caused by allergies
Reduces redness, itching, and allergic reactions affecting the eyes

How it works:
Prednisone is a corticosteroid, which suppresses the inflammatory response to a variety of agents. Prednisone can also be used as an immunosuppressive drug for organ transplants and in cases of adrenal insufficiency (Addison's disease).

Cautions:
Without first talking to your veterinarian, don’t give your pet any over-the-counter or other prescription medications while giving prednisone. There are possible side effects, including insomnia, nausea, vomiting, upset stomach, and fatigue. Tell your veterinarian if your pet has kidney or liver disease, heart disease, stomach ulcers, hypothyroidism, diabetes mellitus, or any other medical conditions.


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Brand Name
Deltasone (Pharmacia), Sterapred (Merz)
Generic Name
Prednisone (predí-ni-zone)

What is the most important information I should know about prednisone: Prednisone is a prescription medication that is used in dogs and cats. Prednisone is available as 1mg, 5mg, 10mg, 20mg, and 50mg scored tablets. The usual dose for dogs and cats is determined based on the condition being treated and the pet's response to treatment. Prednisone should not be stopped suddenly. There should be a gradual reduction in dosage before stopping. Prednisone should be taken with food to lessen stomach upset.

What is Prednisone: Prednisone is a corticosteroid. Prednisone reduces swelling and decreases the pet's ability to fight infections. Prednisone is used to treat many different conditions. Prednisone is used to treat endocrine disorders and arthritis. Prednisone may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this guide.

What should I discuss with my veterinarian before giving prednisone to my pet: Do not give prednisone to your pet if the pet has a serious bacterial, viral or fungal infection. Prednisone weakens the pet's immune response and its ability to fight infections. Tell your veterinarian if your pet has kidney or liver disease, heart disease, stomach ulcers, hypothyroidism, diabetes mellitus or any other medical conditions. Also tell your veterinarian if the pet is pregnant or lactating.

How should this medication be given: Give this medication exactly as directed by your veterinarian. Do not give more or less than is prescribed by the veterinarian. If you do not understand the directions ask the pharmacist or veterinarian to explain them to you. Keep plenty of water available for the pet. Prednisone should be given with food. Store prednisone at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Keep this medication away from children and pets.

What happens if I miss giving a dose: If you give one dose daily, give the missed dose as soon as remembered. However, if you don't remember until the next day, skip the missed dose and give only the regular daily dose. If you give more than one dose daily, either give the missed dose as soon as remembered, or give two doses the next dose time. If you give one dose every other day, give the missed dose as soon as remembered, then go back to the regular every other day schedule.

What happens if I overdose the pet: Seek emergency veterinary medical treatment. A single large dose of prednisone is unlikely to cause symptoms or death. An overdose is more likely to occur due to large doses being taken over a period of time. Symptoms of overdose include weight gain, panting, increased thirst, hunger and urination, vomiting, diarrhea, and Cushing's syndrome.

What should I avoid while giving Prednisone to my pet: Avoid sources of infection. Do not use any vaccines without checking with the veterinarian.

What are the possible side effects of Prednisone: If any of the following serious side effects occur, stop giving prednisone and seek emergency veterinary medical attention; an allergic reaction (difficulty breathing; swelling of the lips, tongue or face; hives), increased blood pressure or sudden weight gain. Other less serious side effects may occur. Continue giving prednisone and talk to your veterinarian if your pet experiences insomnia, nausea, vomiting or stomach upset, fatigue, muscle weakness or joint pain, problems with diabetes control or increased hunger or thirst. Other side effects that occur rarely, usually with high doses of prednisone include thinning of the skin, cataracts, glaucoma, behavior changes. Other side effects may also occur. Talk to your veterinarian about any side effect that seems unusual or bothersome to the animal.

What other drugs will affect Prednisone: Do not give any other over-the-counter or prescription medications, including herbal products, during treatment with prednisone without first talking to your veterinarian. Many other medications can interact with prednisone resulting in side effects or altered effectiveness.

Where can I get more information: Your pharmacist has additional information about Prednisone written for health professionals that you may read.


Call your veterinarian for medical advice about any side effects to your pet. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
Directions:
Prednisone is a prescription corticosteroid used in dogs and cats to treat various conditions such as Addison’s disease, inflammation from arthritis, allergies, and certain autoimmune diseases.
Give prednisone exactly as directed by your veterinarian.
Tip: Prednisone should not be stopped suddenly. There should be a gradual reduction in dosage before stopping.
Dosage:
Pet Weight Dosage
Dogs/Cats:
All weights The usual dose is determined based on the condition being treated and the pet’s response to treatment. Give this medication exactly as directed by your veterinarian. Prednisone should be given with food to lessen stomach upset, and with plenty of water.
Horses:
Storage: Store this product at room temperature, away from moisture and heat.
Prednisone:
Ingredient Strength (per tablet)
Prednisone 1 mg

Prednisone:
Ingredient Strength (per tablet)
Prednisone 5 mg

Prednisone:
Ingredient Strength (per tablet)
Prednisone 10 mg

Prednisone:
Ingredient Strength (per tablet)
Prednisone 20 mg

Prednisone:
Ingredient Strength (per tablet)
Prednisone 50 mg

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Prednisone There is not a more widely used as well as widely misunderstood drug used in veterinary medicine than the use of oral prednisone. Since many of the chronic diseases treated in small animal veterinary medicine are often due to an overactive immune system response, whether talking about skin/ear allergies, chronic digestive tract inflammation, chronic respiratory or coughing issues, and even inflammation of the brain and spine, this drug is often prescribed by many veterinarians for these various conditions. It is important for animal guardians to understand that when using a drug like prednisone, we are often treating symptomatically, where we dont know or understand the cause of the chronic problems of these various organ systems in most cases. . In other words we are often quickly bandaiding the symptoms but not often addressing the underlying causes of the problems that often elude even the most intense diagnostic search. . . Except for what are called autoimmune diseases, where the body literally attacks its own tissues, such as the red blood cells or platelets, leading to life threatening blood disorders, or the joints in diseases like lupus or rheumatoid arthritis, the use of prednisone can often be curative in those conditions as the immune system is so overactive that the life of the animal can be at risk. However it is important for veterinarians to always look for underlying causes of any of these various disorders, so that cure is more likely, and to avoid the occasional side effects seen when this drug is used long term. When prednisone is overused topically and/or orally, side effects can include excessive thirst/urination/appetite, and panting, as well as a thinning of the skin, and weakening of the bones and ligaments of the body, in addition to predisposing to secondary infections particularly of the urinary tract, as well as in occasional cases of diabetes. If used in high doses or for long periods, digestive tract ulceration and bleeding can also occur. However if prednisone is used in appropriate fashions for the above chronic conditions, where the oral dose is tapered to the lowest effective dose to control clinical signs, hopefully every other or every third day in those chronic incurable conditions, than many dogs can remain on this drug long term. The most important point to understand, however, is that when on this drug long term, periodic blood and urine testing should be monitored to detect any early side effects. And while I try and use other milder drugs and various supplements or antihistamines listed on the 1800petmeds website , in some very severe skin allergies with incessant itching, sometimes low dose prednisone is the only drug that can truly get the itch under control for symptomatic relief for the animals at a reasonable cost, without resorting to very expensive drugs like atopica or trips to veterinary dermatologists which can cost hundreds to even thousands of dollars long term. I certainly prefer low dose infrequent dosing of prednisone to control chronic clinical signs over the long acting cortisone injections that many vets use, which indeed have more significant side effects and risks outlined above. While taking everything above into account, and with adequate monitoring, I give prednisone an overall rating of a 5 with an ease of use of a 5 as well. 08/10/2009
Prednisone My 13 year old baby was diagnose with Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia on 4/13/2013 I opted to use prednisone as her treatment, she gets 1 pill every other day along with vitamin supplements. Thanks to this pill my baby cancer has been in remission for the pass 11 months and I'm very happy. I want to thank 1800petmeds for coming to the rescue and filling my prescription when my vet had none in stock 03/07/2014
PREDNISONE, OH WHAT A RELIEF IT IS... This Prednisone product was introduced to us by Pepper's vet. After 3 years of itching, scratching, scabs, losing his hair in clumps, different shampoos, the vet suggested prednisone. At first I was hesitant to agree to this medication for Pepper because of it's tendency to enable the acceleration of weight gain. My vet started us out with 5mg for 15 pills. Having dispensed the medication as directed, we'd seen a marked improvement to his scratching. When I'd run out of the 15 Prednisone tabs, I called the vet for a refill. To my surprise she wanted to try a new pill that just had come onto the market. I had to put my foot down and said, 'no'. Pepper had already been thru enough, being a 'pound puppy', he needed some relief. If the medication that he's on now helps him, why change to something else? IF IT AIN'T BROKE...DON'T FIX IT!!! And the icing on the cake was that 1-800-PETMEDS price was 1.5 times CHEAPER for the same number of pills than was being offered by my vet. YOU GUY'S ROCK... 02/24/2014
This Product is still working great Chase is still doing great after being diagnosed with autoimmune disease and now only on the Prednisone, taking 1/2 tablet daily. 02/09/2014
Isn't working like I hoped Our cat, Tiger has been on prednisone for a long time and it really doesn't affect him much. I will probably have to take him to our vet for skin tests. 09/23/2013
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Our dog has allergies and scratches and chews herself till she losses hair.
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we have some over the counter products which may help control the itching and provide
relief for your pet. We carry diphenhydramine which is a good antihistamine for pets with allergies. Also we have shampoos such as BE SOOTHED and sprays such as Excel hydrocortisone spray. In addition, omega oil capsules and supplements will decrease dryness and flaking. We carry a few varieties.Please call us with any more questions. We are happy to help !
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The dose varies so much , it is really up to the veterinarian to determine that. The vet may wish to
start out with a high dose and then taper down over the course of days or weeks until a maintanence
dose is determined based on symptom control.
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My IBD cat is on prednisilone, basically. for life. Some time ago, the 5 mg capsule shaped tablets became unavailable and I have had to have it compounded. The cats maintenance does is 2.5 mg, 2 days on, one day off. would it be possible to use the 10 mg tablets and cut into quarters?
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It would not be recommended since it would be extremely difficult to get exactly 2.5 mg when cutting
or breaking the tablet ( which is a chewable ). please call us, we can also help you determine
if the liquid prednisolone may be easier to use as well as cost effective.
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The medication does have an expiration date. To find out when the expiration date is for your prescription, contact the prescriber or customer service for 1-800-PetMeds to look up your records and provide the most accurate information regarding your prescription.
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We currently do not have prednisolone tablets in stock due to a shortage from the manufacturers.
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This information sheet is for educational purposes only and is intended to be a supplement to, and not a substitute for, the expertise and professional judgment of your veterinarian. The information is NOT to be used for diagnosis or treatment of your pet. You should always consult your own veterinarian for specific advice concerning the treatment of your pet. The information is not intended to cover all possible uses, directions, precautions, warnings, allergic reactions, drug interactions or adverse effects, nor should it be construed to indicate that use of a particular drug is safe, appropriate or effective for your pet. It is not a substitute for a veterinary exam, and it does not replace the need for services provided by your veterinarian.
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