Prednisolone is a corticosteroid used to treat various inflammatory and allergy conditions as well as other diseases. It reduces swelling and inflammation which can reduce pain or decrease the possible joint damage that is caused by chronic inflammation. Prednisolone requires a prescription from your veterinarian, and is sold per tablet.
Note: Prednisolone Compound is also available.
Cats and Dogs
Prednisolone is a corticosteroid, which suppresses the inflammatory response to a variety of agents. Prednisolone can also be used as an immunosuppressive drug for organ transplants and in cases of adrenal insufficiency (Addison's disease).
Without first talking to your veterinarian, don't give your pet any over-the-counter or other prescription medications while giving Prednisolone. 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.
Prednisolone is a prescription medication that is used in dogs and cats. Prednisolone is available as 5mg and 20mg scored tablets. The usual dose is determined based on the condition being treated and the pet's response to treatment. Prednisolone should not be stopped suddenly. There should be a gradual reduction in dosage before stopping. Prednisolone should be taken with food to lessen stomach upset.
Do not give Prednisolone to your pet if the pet has a serious bacterial, viral, or fungal infection. Prednisolone weakens a 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 your pet is pregnant or lactating.
Give this medication exactly as directed by your veterinarian. Do not give more or less than is prescribed by your veterinarian. If you do not understand the directions ask the pharmacist or veterinarian to explain them to you. Keep plenty of water available for your pet. Prednisolone should be given with food. Store Prednisolone at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Keep this medication away from children and pets.
If any of the following serious side effects occur, stop giving Prednisolone 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 Prednisolone 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 Prednisolone include thinning of the skin, cataracts, glaucoma, or behavior changes. Other side effects may also occur. Talk to your veterinarian about any side effect that seems unusual or bothersome to the animal.
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.
Seek emergency veterinary medical treatment. A single large dose of Prednisolone 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.
Do not give any other over-the-counter or prescription medications, including herbal products, during treatment with Prednisolone without first talking to your veterinarian. Many other medications can interact with Prednisolone resulting in side effects or altered effectiveness.
Prednisolone should not be stopped suddenly. There should be a gradual reduction in dosage before stopping.
Store this product at room temperature, away from moisture and heat.
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