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What are other names for this drug?

Some of the names for oral steroids are prednisone (Medrol), and prednisolone (Prelone, Pediapred).

What does this drug do?

Oral steroids reduce swelling, inflammation, and mucus production in the airways. They help control and prevent symptoms of asthma, allergy, and rheumatic diseases.

How is it taken?

Oral steroids can be taken as pills or syrup.

What side effects can steroids cause?

Side effects are related to each individual and how much, how often, and how long the medication is taken. The side effects of steroids can include increased appetite, a feeling of well-being, irritability, and difficulty sleeping.

What special instructions should be followed?

Always take the prescribed amount for the length of time prescribed. Do not stop taking the prescribed dose before checking with your doctor.

Your prescribed dose of ______________________ is _____ mg to be taken ______ times a day for _____ days.