Orapred Alternatives

(Prednisolone Sodium Phosphate)

  • Pill
  • Dissolving tablet
  • Liquid
  • Inflammation
  • Immune system problems
  • Organ transplant rejection
  • Asthma
  • Allergies
  • Swelling in the head
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Compare Orapred (Prednisolone Sodium Phosphate) to alternatives

These medications are comparable to Orapred (Prednisolone Sodium Phosphate) or used for similar purposes.

Orapred
(Prednisolone Sodium Phosphate)

Cortisone

Anusol Hc
(Hydrocortisone)

Pred Forte
(Prednisolone)

Oralone
(Triamcinolone)

Decadron
(Dexamethasone)

Prednisolone is used to reduce a wide range of inflammatory conditions. Prednisolone and similar anti-inflammatory medications work great, but you have to be willing to deal with a list of side effects.Coming soon.Treats itchy or irritated skin. Anusol Hc (Hydrocortisone) is a good topical steroid to try for treating minor rashes or skin irritation.Treats eye redness and swelling. Pred Forte (Prednisolone) is strong medicine for eye redness and swelling without exposing the rest of your body to the steroid medicine.Coming soon.Lowers inflammation and suppresses your immune system. Decadron (Dexamethasone) is identical to an essential hormone that humans produce and has been proven to work safely.
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Side effects
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How it works
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Prednisolone is an intermediate-acting synthetic corticosteroid. Researchers are not sure exactly sure how it decreases inflammation, but it seems to block the proteins that trigger inflammation. It also seems to affect the hormones used in balance our water and break carbohydrates down.Coming soon.Anusol Hc (Hydrocortisone) is a topical steroid that works by decreasing skin itching, swelling, and redness.Pred Forte (Prednisolone) is a steroid that lowers your immune response to allergens and reduces eye redness and swelling.Coming soon.Decadron (Dexamethasone) is a short-acting corticosteroid. It lowers inflammation by preventing your capillaries (small blood vessels) from leaking out excess fluid and chemicals that cause swelling.
Type of medication
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Glucocorticoid
Synthetic
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Available as
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  • Liquid
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  • Cream, gel, or ointment
  • Lotion
  • Topical solution
  • Eye drops
  • Cream, gel, or ointment
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  • Liquid
Used for (click to learn more)
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  • Inflammation
  • Acute lymphoid leukemia Adrenal insufficiency Allergic disorder Chronic lymphoid leukemia Collagen disease Disorder of endocrine system Disorder of eye Disorder of gastrointestinal tract Disorder of hematopoietic structure Disorder of respiratory system Disorder of skin Hodgkin's disease Hypercalcemia of malignancy Inflammatory disorder of musculoskeletal system Mycosis fungoides Neoplastic disease Nephrotic syndrome Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma Trichinosis Tuberculosis of meninges; Adjunct
  • Skin inflammation
  • Adrenal insufficiency Allergic rhinitis
Risk factors for serious side effects
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          • First trimester of pregnancy
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          Pregnancy category
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          CFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)

          Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

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          DFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)

          Research studies with real people found harmful effects on unborn babies, but the benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

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          CFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)

          Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

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          CFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)

          Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

          See the FDA package insert
          CFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)

          Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

          See the FDA package insert
          CFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)

          Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

          See the FDA package insert
          Alcohol
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          Food
          • You can crush the tablets and take Prednisolone with your food or drink. Do not open up a capsule, they need to be swallowed whole.
          • Many people gain weight while taking Prednisolone. Using a weight loss program, eating smaller portions, and drinking a glass of water before meals tend to help.
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          Kidneys and liver
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          Sex
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          Sleep
          • Be sure to take Prednisolone in the morning to help imitate your bodies release of cortisol. This will also help you sleep better at night.
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          Weight
          • Many people gain weight while taking Prednisolone. Using a weight loss program, eating smaller portions, and drinking a glass of water before meals tend to help.
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          • Some people gain weight while taking Decadron (Dexamethasone) or can experience other side effects like mood changes.
          Upsides and benefits
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          • While Prednisolone is used for several conditions, and in combination with other medications, in one study Prednisolone was 96.6% successful in reducing the symptoms of an autoimmune condition.
          • You probably won’t have to take Prednisolone very long because it decreases inflammation, and reduces pain rather quickly.
          • Depending on how long you take Prednisolone, most of its side effects go away after you stop taking it.
          • Prednisolone comes in several forms, including a dissolvable tablet.
          • taking Prednisolone or other glucocorticoids gives the body energy to help fight the stress caused by bleeding, trauma, infection, or disease.
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          • Relieves itchy and irritated skin.
          • It's available over the counter in the drugstore.
          • Most people have very few side effects.
          • Doesn't cause the same types of side effects that oral forms of steroids do.
          • Decreases swelling and redness in your eyes.
          • Doesn't cause the same types of side effects that oral forms of steroids do.
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          • Treats a large variety of inflammatory disorders including asthma, dermatitis, drug reactions, rashes, and endocrine disorders.
          • Can help prevent nausea, especially when it's caused by chemotherapy.
          • You can get it orally or as an injection.
          Downsides and risks
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          • You will probably have to take additional medications in order to treat your condition.
          • Prednisolone and similar corticosteroids come with lots of side effects including an including an increased appetite, irritability, swelling of the ankles and feet, increased blood sugar, and decreased healing.
          • Taking Prednisolone as a long-term medication may lead to permanent side effects.
          • You must have blood tests often while taking Prednisolone to make sure your body is processing it correctly.
          • You can’t be around others who are sick, conceive a child, or get vaccinations while taking Prednisolone.
          Coming soon.
          • It's not a strong steroid, so it doesn't work for everyone.
          • When used longer than a week, it can cause skin-thinning and make it harder for broken skin to heal.
          • Available only as a prescription medication.
          • You need good hand-eye coordination to get the eye drops into your eyes.
          • Can cause or worsen certain eye conditions.
          Coming soon.
          • Can't be used on its own to treat low cortisol levels.
          • Since it suppresses your immune system, you're more likely to get infections.
          • You can't take Decadron (Dexamethasone) if you have a systemic fungal infection.
          • Shouldn't be used if you have a stomach ulcer.
          • Can decrease bone formation and lead to an increased risk of osteoporosis.
          Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
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          • Be sure to take Prednisolone in the morning to help imitate your bodies release of cortisol. This will also help you sleep better at night.
          • You can crush the tablets and take Prednisolone with your food or drink. Do not open up a capsule, they need to be swallowed whole.
          • Be sure not to stop taking Prednisolone suddenly, as it can lead to loss of appetite, nausea, weakness, low blood pressure, and low blood sugar.
          • Stay away from people who are sick because Prednisolone can make lower your bodies ability to fight infection.
          • Many people gain weight while taking Prednisolone. Using a weight loss program, eating smaller portions, and drinking a glass of water before meals tend to help.
          • Avoid direct sunlight while taking this medication. When you can’t avoid it, be sure to use sunscreen. It’s also important to put on a long-sleeved shirt, pants, hat, and sunglasses.
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          • Rub a thin layer of Anusol Hc (Hydrocortisone) into the area of skin that is affected.
          • Don't rub it into broken areas of skin and leave the area uncovered.
          • Wash your hands after applying it each time.
          • Don't use Anusol Hc (Hydrocortisone) more often than your doctor or the package label recommends.
          • Wait at least 30 minutes between applying moisturizing lotions and this medication.
          • Talk to your doctor if your skin gets worse or hasn't improved in seven days.
          • Shake the eye drops well before using.
          • Press your finger gently on the inner corner of your eye after the drops are in to keep them there.
          • Wait 1 minute between each drop if you're giving yourself more than 1 drop.
          • If you have other eye drops, wait 5 minutes in between different sets of eye drops.
          • If your symptoms don't get better after 2 days, you may need to try a different medicine.
          • Let your doctor know if you have eye pain, pressure, infections, or changes in eye sight.
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          • The lowest possible dose of corticosteroids should be used to control your symptoms.
          • When reducing or stopping the dose, do it very slowly and follow your doctor's instructions exactly to prevent major health emergencies.
          • If you used Decadron (Dexamethasone) for a long time, you could get withdrawal symptoms like muscle pain, joint pain, and malaise.
          • Some people gain weight while taking Decadron (Dexamethasone) or can experience other side effects like mood changes.
          • Don't get live or live/attenuated vaccines while on this. Killed or inactivated vaccines are fine.
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