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(prednisolone sodium phosphate)

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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)

Calms down your immune system. Orapred (Prednisolone sodium phosphate) is a common oral steroid that is very effective in controlling allergic reactions and immune conditions, but it can cause serious side effects if you have to use it for a long time.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.Calms down your immune system. Decadron (dexamethasone) is a long-acting oral corticosteroid that is very effective in treating allergic reactions and immune conditions, however, if you're taking Decadron (dexamethasone) for a long time, there can be serious side effects.
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Side effects
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We haven’t found good data for Cortisone side effects.

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We haven’t found good data for Hydrocortisone side effects.

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How it works
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Prednisolone is a steroid that is similar to your body's natural steroids. It reduces swelling and other immune responses that can cause you pain, discomfort, or harm.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 corticosteroid that is similar to what your body naturally makes. It reduces swelling and other immune responses that can cause you pain, discomfort, or harm.
Type of medication
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Prescription onlyOver-the-counterPrescription onlyPrescription only
Available as
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  • Pill
  • Dissolving tablet
  • Liquid
  • Pill
  • Cream, gel, or ointment
  • Lotion
  • Topical solution
  • Eye drops
  • Cream, gel, or ointment
  • Pill
  • Liquid
Used for
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  • 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 Hodgkins Disease Hypercalcemia Of Malignancy Inflammatory Disorder Of Musculoskeletal System Mycosis Fungoides Neoplastic Disease Nephrotic Syndrome Non Hodgkins Lymphoma Trichinosis Tuberculosis Of Meninges Adjunct
  • Skin Inflammation
  • Adrenal Insufficiency Allergic Rhinitis
  • Allergies
Risk factors for serious side effects
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  • Lowering dose or stopping too quickly especially after long-term treatment
  • Stress such as trauma, surgery or infection
  • Taking other immunosuppressants
  • Long-term treatment
  • Not vaccinated against viral diseases
Detailed Orapred (prednisolone sodium phosphate) risks & warnings »
    Coming soon.
    • Long-term treatment
    • Not vaccinated against viral diseases
    • Contact with people who have viral illness
    • History of bacterial or viral conditions
    Detailed Anusol Hc (hydrocortisone) risks & warnings »
    • Long-term use
    • History of glaucoma
    Detailed Pred Forte (prednisolone) risks & warnings »
      Coming soon.
      • Lowering dose or stopping too quickly especially after long-term treatment
      • Stress such as trauma, surgery or infection
      • Taking other immunosuppressants
      • Long-term treatment
      • Not vaccinated against viral diseases
      Detailed Decadron (dexamethasone) risks & warnings »
      Pregnancy

      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.

      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.

      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.

      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.

      Price
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      • Can control immune responses that are causing you discomfort and works quickly to relieve symptoms like swelling, rash, asthma attacks, and pain.
      Food
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      • Take Orapred (Prednisolone sodium phosphate) in the morning with food to minimize stomach upset. If taking an evening dose, take at least 2-3 hours before bedtime to help you sleep better at night.
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      • Take Decadron (dexamethasone) in the morning with food to minimize stomach upset. If taking an evening dose, take 2-3 hours before bedtime to help you sleep better at night.
      Kidneys and liver
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      • Orapred (Prednisolone sodium phosphate) can cause high blood pressure, increased salt retention and increased processing of electrolytes by your kidneys. If you have heart failure, high blood pressure, or kidney damage, talk to your doctor.
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      • Decadron (dexamethasone) can cause high blood pressure, increased salt retention and increased processing of electrolytes by your kidneys. If you have heart failure, high blood pressure, or kidney damage, talk to your doctor.
      Pain
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      • Let your doctor know if you have eye pain, pressure, infections, or changes in eye sight.
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      • Taking Decadron (dexamethasone) increases the risk of injury to the lining of your stomach and intestine including irritation and tears. You should avoid alcohol/alcoholic beverages because it can worsen stomach irritation. Tell your doctor and get medical care right away if you have stomach pain or bloody/dark stools when you go to the bathroom.
      • Decadron (dexamethasone) can increase your chance of infection. Call your doctor right away if you have a fever, chills, flu-like signs, cough, pain with passing urine, or a wound that will not heal.
      Upsides and benefits
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      • While Orapred (Prednisolone sodium phosphate) is used for several conditions and in combination with other medications, in one study, Orapred (Prednisolone sodium phosphate) was 96.6% successful in reducing the symptoms of an autoimmune condition.
      • Effective in treating many conditions.
      • Can improve energy and appetite.
      • Orapred (Prednisolone sodium phosphate) often decreases inflammation and reduces pain quickly.
      • Orapred (Prednisolone sodium phosphate) comes in several forms, including a dissolvable tablet.
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      • Relieves itchy and irritated skin.
      • Doesn't cause the same types of side effects that oral forms of steroids do.
      • It's available over the counter in the drugstore.
      • Most people have very few side effects.
      • 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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      • Effective in treating many conditions.
      • Can improve energy and appetite.
      • Can control immune responses that are causing you discomfort and works quickly to relieve symptoms like swelling, rash, asthma attacks, and pain.
      • Has long-term benefit in calming down the immune system and keeping it from causing your body harm, such as in autoimmune conditions.
      • Available in generic form.
      Downsides and risks
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      • Many side effects, particularly with long term use.
      • Side effects include mood changes, trouble sleeping, and increase in blood pressure and blood sugar at higher doses.
      • Long-term use can cause problems with skin, bone, eye health, and put you at a higher risk for infections.
      • If you have to use Orapred (Prednisolone sodium phosphate) for more than 2 weeks, you will need to work with a doctor to get off the medicine slowly.
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      • 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.
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      • Many side effects, particularly with long term use.
      • Side effects include mood changes, trouble sleeping and increase in blood pressure and blood sugar at higher doses.
      • Long-term use can cause problems with skin, bone, eye health and put you at a higher risk for infections.
      • If you've been using corticosteroids for more than 2 weeks, you will need to work with a doctor to get off the medicine slowly.
      • Limited studies conducted with use of steroids during pregnancy or breastfeeding - potential harm to unborn baby.
      Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
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      • Tablets can be crushed. Capsules should be swallowed whole.
      • Take Orapred (Prednisolone sodium phosphate) in the morning with food to minimize stomach upset. If taking an evening dose, take at least 2-3 hours before bedtime to help you sleep better at night.
      • Orapred (Prednisolone sodium phosphate) can cause an increase in appetite and water retention, as well as changes in mood.
      • Orapred (Prednisolone sodium phosphate) can increase blood pressure and blood sugar with higher doses. If you have high blood pressure or diabetes, it is important that you check your blood pressure and blood sugar regularly while taking this medicine.
      • If you need to take Orapred (Prednisolone sodium phosphate) for longer than 2 weeks, you may need to gradually stop taking this medication. Take it exactly as your doctor prescribed and do not stop suddenly.
      • Orapred (Prednisolone sodium phosphate) can increase your chance of infection. Call your doctor right away if you have a fever, chills, flu-like signs, cough, pain with passing urine, or a wound that will not heal.
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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 dose and how long you need to take the medicine for depends on your specific condition and response.
      • Take Decadron (dexamethasone) in the morning with food to minimize stomach upset. If taking an evening dose, take 2-3 hours before bedtime to help you sleep better at night.
      • Decadron (dexamethasone) can cause an increase in appetite and water retention, as well as changes in mood.
      • Decadron (dexamethasone) can increase blood pressure and blood sugar with higher doses. If you have high blood pressure or diabetes, it is important that you check your blood pressure and blood sugar regularly while taking this medicine.
      • If you need to take Decadron (dexamethasone) for longer than 2 weeks, you may need to gradually stop taking this medication. Take it exactly as your doctor prescribed and do not stop suddenly.
      • Decadron (dexamethasone) can increase your chance of infection. Call your doctor right away if you have a fever, chills, flu-like signs, cough, pain with passing urine, or a wound that will not heal.
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