What is Prednisone?

Common Brand(s): Deltasone

Prednisone is used to treat conditions such as arthritis, blood disorders, breathing problems, severe allergies, skin diseases, cancer, eye problems, and immune system disorders. Prednisone belongs to a class of drugs known as corticosteroids. It decreases your immune system's response to various diseases to reduce symptoms such as swelling and allergic-type reactions.


  • pulmonary tuberculosis
  • trichinosis
  • sarcoidosis
  • Pneumocystis jirovecii pneumonia
  • hypercalcemia associated with sarcoidosis
  • Hodgkin's lymphoma
  • mycosis fungoides
  • cutaneous T-cell lymphoma
  • non-Hodgkin's lymphoma
  • multiple myeloma
  • acute lymphoid leukemia
  • chronic lymphoid leukemia
  • metastatic prostate carcinoma
  • humoral hypercalcemia of malignancy
  • thyroiditis
  • adrenogenital disorder
  • primary adrenocortical insufficiency
  • adrenocortical insufficiency
  • acute gouty arthritis
  • pseudogout
  • autoimmune hemolytic anemia
  • Diamond Blackfan anemia
  • erythroblastic anemia
  • idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura
  • acquired thrombocytopenia
  • cerebral edema
  • myasthenia gravis
  • Duchenne muscular dystrophy
  • ophthalmia sympathetic
  • uveitis
  • rheumatic fever
  • rheumatic carditis
  • pericarditis
  • carditis
  • polyarteritis nodosa
  • giant cell arteritis
  • vasculitis
  • nasal polyp
  • allergic rhinitis
  • asthma
  • asthma exacerbation
  • hypersensitivity pneumonitis
  • berylliosis
  • aspiration pneumonitis
  • Loffler syndrome
  • allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis
  • Crohn's disease
  • ulcerative colitis
  • inflammatory bowel disease
  • celiac disease
  • nephrotic syndrome
  • atopic dermatitis
  • contact dermatitis
  • dermatitis herpetiformis
  • pemphigus
  • pemphigoid
  • erythema multiforme
  • exfoliative dermatitis
  • psoriatic arthritis
  • psoriasis
  • systemic lupus erythematosus
  • systemic dermatomyositis
  • rheumatoid arthritis
  • juvenile idiopathic arthritis
  • ankylosing spondylitis
  • polymyalgia rheumatica
  • epicondylitis
  • relapsing polychondritis
  • hypersensitivity drug reaction
  • organ transplant rejection
  • prevention of kidney transplant rejection
  • prevention of liver transplant rejection
  • prevention of cardiac transplant rejection
  • serum sickness
  • Sjogren's syndrome
  • congenital adrenal hyperplasia
  • diffuse proliferative lupus nephritis
  • Bell's palsy
  • immunosuppression therapy for lung transplant
  • follicular lymphoma
  • pure red cell aplasia associated with chronic lymphocytic leukemia
  • diffuse large B-cell lymphoma
  • tuberculosis meningitis treatment adjunct
  • neuroendocrine prostate carcinoma
  • exacerbation of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  • acute exacerbation of multiple sclerosis
  • bronchiolitis obliterans with organizing pneumonia
  • idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis

Usage Instructions

Take this medication by mouth, with food or milk to prevent stomach upset, as directed by your doctor. Take the tablet form of this medication with a full glass of water (8 ounces/240 milliliters) unless your doctor directs you otherwise. If you are using the liquid form of this medication, carefully measure the dose using a special measuring device/spoon. Do not use a household spoon because you may not get the correct dose. If you are prescribed only one dose per day, take it in the morning before 9 A.M.

Take this medication exactly as directed by your doctor. Follow the dosing schedule carefully. The dosage and length of treatment are based on your medical condition and response to treatment. If you are taking this medication on a different schedule than a daily one (such as every other day), it may help to mark your calendar with a reminder.

Do not stop taking this medication without consulting your doctor. Some conditions may become worse when this drug is suddenly stopped. Also, you may experience symptoms such as weakness, weight loss, nausea, muscle pain, headache, tiredness, dizziness. To prevent these symptoms while you are stopping treatment with this drug, your doctor may reduce your dose gradually. Consult your doctor or pharmacist for more details. Report any new or worsening symptoms right away.

Tell your doctor if your condition persists or worsens.


Store at room temperature away from light and moisture. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep all medications away from children and pets.

Do not flush medications down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. Properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist or local waste disposal company.