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Sterapred Drug Class
Sterapred is part of the drug classes:
Corticosteroids acting locally
Side Effects of Sterapred
Serious side effects have been reported with prednisone. See “Drug Precautions” section.
Common side effects of prednisone include:
- slow healing
- retention of fluid resulting in swelling
- electrolyte imbalances
- decreased immune system function
- decreased bone density
- inappropriate happiness
- joint and muscle pain
- blurred vision
- abnormal distribution of body fat
This is not a complete list of prednisone side effects. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
Take prednisone exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully.
Your doctor will determine the appropriate dosage and schedule of prednisone depending the disease being treated and your response to the medication. The usual dosage range is 5 to 60 mg per day.
If you take too much prednisone, call your healthcare provider or local Poison Control Center, or seek emergency medical attention right away.
How should I take Sterapred (prednisone)?
Follow all directions on your prescription label. Your doctor may occasionally change your dose to make sure you get the best results. Do not take this medicine in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.
Take with food.
Your dosage needs may change if you have any unusual stress such as a serious illness, fever or infection, or if you have surgery or a medical emergency. Do not change your medication dose or schedule without your doctor's advice.
Measure liquid medicine with a special dose-measuring spoon or medicine cup. If you do not have a dose-measuring device, ask your pharmacist for one.
Do not crush, chew, or break a delayed-release tablet. Swallow it whole.
While using prednisone, you may need frequent blood tests at your doctor's office. Your blood pressure may also need to be checked.
This medication can cause unusual results with certain medical tests. Tell any doctor who treats you that you are using prednisone.
You should not stop using prednisone suddenly. Follow your doctor's instructions about tapering your dose.
Wear a medical alert tag or carry an ID card stating that you take prednisone. Any medical care provider who treats you should know that you are using a steroid.
Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
Most corticosteroids are rapidly removed from blood and distributed to muscles, liver, skin, intestines, and kidneys.c Distributed into breast milk and cross placenta.c
Corticosteroids metabolized in most tissues, but primarily in liver, to inactive compounds.cSpecial Populations
In patients with hypothyroidism, metabolic clearance of corticosteroids decreased.c
In patients with hyperthyroidism, metabolic clearance of corticosteroids increased.c
Changes in thyroid status may necessitate adjustment of glucocorticoid dosage.c
Commonly used brand name(s)
In the U.S.
- predniSONE Intensol
- Sterapred DS
Available Dosage Forms:
- Tablet, Delayed Release
Therapeutic Class: Endocrine-Metabolic Agent
Pharmacologic Class: Adrenal Glucocorticoid
For the Consumer
Applies to prednisone: oral solution, oral syrup, oral tablet, oral tablet delayed release
Along with its needed effects, prednisone (the active ingredient contained in Sterapred) may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.
Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur while taking prednisone:More common
- blurred vision
- decrease in the amount of urine
- fast, slow, pounding, or irregular heartbeat or pulse
- mood changes
- noisy, rattling breathing
- numbness or tingling in the arms or legs
- pounding in the ears
- shortness of breath
- swelling of the fingers, hands, feet, or lower legs
- trouble thinking, speaking, or walking
- troubled breathing at rest
- weight gain
- Abdominal or stomach cramping or burning (severe)
- abdominal or stomach pain
- bloody, black, or tarry stools
- cough or hoarseness
- darkening of the skin
- decrease in height
- decreased vision
- dry mouth
- eye pain
- eye tearing
- facial hair growth in females
- fever or chills
- flushed, dry skin
- fruit-like breath odor
- full or round face, neck, or trunk
- heartburn or indigestion (severe and continuous)
- increased hunger
- increased thirst
- increased urination
- loss of appetite
- loss of sexual desire or ability
- lower back or side pain
- menstrual irregularities
- muscle pain or tenderness
- muscle wasting or weakness
- pain in the back, ribs, arms, or legs
- painful or difficult urination
- skin rash
- trouble healing
- trouble sleeping
- unexplained weight loss
- unusual tiredness or weakness
- vision changes
- vomiting of material that looks like coffee grounds
Some side effects of prednisone may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:More common
- Increased appetite
- Abnormal fat deposits on the face, neck, and trunk
- dry scalp
- lightening of normal skin color
- red face
- reddish purple lines on the arms, face, legs, trunk, or groin
- swelling of the stomach area
- thinning of the scalp hair