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What is Prednisolone Used For?

Andrew Bellingham

Andrew Bellingham

Pharmacist | 20+ Years | BPharm | Dip Clin Pharm

Prednisolone is a corticosteroid medication that’s used to treat a variety of health issues including allergies, skin conditions, infections and even some types of cancer.

It can also be used for patients that have undergone organ transplants, helping to prevent the body from rejecting the new organ.

Prednisolone works by reducing inflammation in the affected area, and calming the body’s natural immune system – this is particularly helpful in cases where the immune system has begun to attack the body’s own tissues, like in rheumatoid arthritis.

Common Medical Uses

  • Asthma: reduces lung inflammation and the production of mucus
  • Severe allergic reactions: regulates chemicals produced by a reaction
  • Autoimmune disorders: reduces the activity of the immune system
  • Inflammatory conditions (like Crohn’s): reduces inflammation caused by the condition

Common Side Effects - more than 1 in 100 people

Like with any medication, taking prednisolone can cause unwanted side effects in some people that take it. While these are usually mild and tend to go away, if they continue to bother you, you should consult with your GP or pharmacist for further advice. 

These common side effects include:

For a list of serious side effects, visit the official NHS website

If you are taking a higher dose of prednisolone or have been taking it for longer than a few weeks, you are more likely to encounter a serious side effect from taking prednisolone.

Please visit the NHS website to see a list of the serious side effects by clicking here

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