Prednisolone is a type of steroid called a corticosteroid that can be taken by mouth. Steroids are commonly used to treat inflammatory and autoimmune disorders and work by numerous mechanisms to control inflammation and the immune system.
It was approved by the FDA in 1955 and introduced to the market by sharing in the mid-60s. Prednisolone is a man-made corticosteroid used to manage the immune system and inflammation.
This medication is primarily used to treat inflammation of the skin, joints, lungs, and some other organs. Some of the more common conditions that Prednisolone may be used to treat include asthma allergies and, in some cases, arthritis.
It’s also been used in renal transplant rejection. When somebody has a kidney transplant, they may be given Prednisolone to prevent their body from rejecting the new kidney that they received.
When prescribed in doses that exceed natural levels of the hormone, Prednisolone suppresses inflammation and can help treat a variety of diseases such as ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease. The drug acts in part as an immunosuppressant by suppressing the production of antibodies. In other words, it suppresses the immune system.
Prednisolone tablets are usually taken orally 1-4 times/day with food or once every other day. Your doctor will advise you of when to take your dose. The amount you take and the times at which you should take it will depend on your condition and how you respond to the treatment.
It is critical that you do not stop taking any steroids abruptly without contacting your physician. You must gradually come off these medications under the direction of a doctor to avoid possible serious side effects.