Prednisolone is a synthetic corticosteroid medicine. Prednisolone is used when your adrenal glands do not make enough hormones that help your body respond to stress or regulate your blood pressure and water and salt intake. Prednisolone can also be used for conditions affecting many different parts of your body, including your skin, stomach or intestines, blood, eyes, lungs, or glands. In addition, this medication can be used to treat severe allergies, arthritis, lupus, or certain cancers.
Prednisolone can cause increased blood pressure, holding onto salt and water in your body, or decreased blood potassium levels. Your doctor will check your blood pressure and electrolyte levels (chemicals that are important for the cells in your body to function, such as sodium and potassium) while you are using prednisolone.
Prednisolone can mask some signs of infection, making it difficult for your doctor to diagnose it. Also, prednisolone can lower your resistance to infections and make them harder to treat. Tell your doctor if you develop fever or other signs of infection.
Do not expose yourself to chickenpox or measles while you are using prednisolone. This can be very serious and even fatal in children and adults who have not had chickenpox or measles. Also, prednisolone can reactivate an inactive case of tuberculosis (a bacterial infection that affects the lungs).
Cataracts (clouding of the eye’s lens), glaucoma (high pressure in the eye), other eye problems, or eye infections can occur while you are using prednisolone.