Help fight inflammation in the body as a result of multiple causes with Prednisone as prescribed by your veterinarian.
What is Prednisone? This is an oral medication that reduces inflammation in the body and causes suppression of the immune system when needed.
What are the benefits of Prednisone?
- Highly effective.
- Multiple strengths available.
- Oral doses can be personalized to fit your individual pet’s needs.
dogs and cats. How is this medication given?
It is imperative that you give this medication exactly as prescribed by your veterinarian. It is often recommended to start at a higher dose and decrease the dose gradually.
Give Prednisone by mouth (orally). Try to give with food in order to avoid stomach upset.
Never stop this medication abruptly unless your veterinarian instructs you to do so.
Only give this Prednisone to the pet it has been prescribed for. Contact your veterinarian if you have questions about how to use this medication properly. How does this medication work?
Prednisone can target almost ever body system as necessary. Prednisone is a corticosteroid medication that blocks the inflammatory pathways and ultimately the production of substances that trigger allergies and inflammation. At higher doses, Prednisone can cause suppression of the immune system by decreasing the number of cells necessary for a proper immune response. What results can I expect?
Inflammation and allergies should subside within several days when Prednisone is used. Cancers and autoimmune diseases are more difficult to treat and results may take longer. If medication is stopped abruptly, symptoms can return or worsen. What form(s) does Prednisone come in?
oral tablets available in multiple strengths. Generic Name:
Prednisone (Common Drug Name) Common Brand Name:
There are no name brands for veterinary use. Name brands for humans include Mericorten and Deltasone. Dose and Administration:
Give exactly as directed by your veterinarian. Give by mouth. Most of the time, dosing is started at a higher dose and is tapered. If using long-term, try to use the minimum effective dose and never stop suddenly unless otherwise directed.
Call your veterinarian if you have any questions. Uses:
Prednisone is used to treat inflammation in the body due to multiple causes. It can also induce immune suppression in order to treat immune system diseases and certain cancers. Possible Side Effects:
There are multiple side effects associated with Prednisone. They include increased appetite, drinking, and urination. Other side effects are possible.
If this medication is used long-term, muscle loss, weakness, and the development of diabetes or hyperadrenocorticism (Cushing's) may occur. Animals on Prednisone at high doses are also more susceptible to infection. Contact your veterinarian if your pet is acting ill while taking Prednisone. Drug and Food Interactions:
Interactions may occur with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and other medications. Discuss all medications and supplements your pet is taking with your veterinarian to make sure it can be given safely. Precautions:
Do not for use in animals with systemic infections, Cushing's disease, high blood pressure, kidney disease, or congestive heart failure. Do not use Prednisone in pregnant or nursing animals or in animals who are allergic to it.
Periodic monitoring may be necessary if your pet takes Prednisone long-term to make sure his/her organ function has not been negatively affected. Discuss this with your veterinarian. Storage:
Store at room temperature away from children and pets. A prescription from your veterinarian is required to purchase Prednisone.