Generic Name: Prednisone
Product Name: Panafcort
Corticosteroids alter genes within the body’s cells to reduce the body’s normal inflammation and immune responses.
Adults Autoimmune and inflammatory disease control: the initial recommended dose is 1–2 mg per kg per day. This dose may then be reduced according to the patient’s clinical response.
Rheumatoid arthritis: 5–10 mg once daily
Acute gout: The initial recommended dose is 20–50 mg once daily for 3–5 days. This dose is then reduced gradually over 7–10 days
Children Autoimmune disease: The initial recommended dose is 2 mg per kg per day, the dose is then reduced over 2 months to the minimum dose required to sustain remission. The chronic use of corticosteroids in children may retard bone growth and growth, and development needs to be monitored carefully.
Pregnancy: Prednisone is safe to be used during pregnancy and lactation
Hepatic impairment: In patients with severe hepatic impairment the conversion of prednisone to prednisolone may be reduced
Common side effects
- Increased susceptibility to infections such as thrush
- Masking of signs of infection
- Osteoporosis and bone fractures
- Muscle weakness
- Increased appetite
- Delayed healing of wounds
- Thin fragile skin
- Reduced growth in children
- Cessation of menstruation
- Psychotic episodes
Uncommon side effects
- Burning and tingling sensation in the genital area
- Death of bone in the hip, ankle and shoulder
- Fractures of the vertebral bodies
For further information talk to your doctor.