Instructions for Using Prednisone

Your doctor has prescribed prednisone to help you ear condition. Prednisone is a corticosteroid, also called a steroid.

Tips for effective treatment:

  • Before taking prednisone, tell your doctor if you have tuberculosis, diabetes, severe high blood pressure, kidney disease, psychiatric illness or a duodenal ulcer.
  • Take this medication exactly as prescribed.
  • Do not stop taking prednisone without consulting your doctor. Stopping suddenly can cause serious side effects or death.
  • Take 1 ounce of an antacid (Maalox, Mylanta) with each steroid dose, as prednisone may cause stomach ulcers.
  • Avoid aspirin, alcohol and nicotine.
  • Try to eat a high-protein, low-fat diet.
  • If you get an unrelated infection or serious injury while on this medication, tell your physician you are taking prednisone.
  • If you become pregnant, call your doctor.
  • Stay away from people who are sick and wash your hands often.
  • If you get exposed to chicken pox or measles, call your doctor immediately.
  • Store your medication in a dry place at room temperature.

Side effects are uncommon when prednisone is taken as prescribed for a short period. Side effects are more likely when it is taken at a high dosage over a long period.

Common side effects include:

  • Acne
  • Cataracts
  • Changes in Mood
  • Difficulty Sleeping
  • Headaches
  • Heartburn
  • Increased Facial Hair
  • Menstrual Irregularities
  • Swelling Due to Fluid Retention
  • Tiredness
  • Weak muscles
  • Weight gain