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Prednisone (Generic) Corticosteroid Tablets for Dogs and Cats

Why has my veterinarian prescribed Prednisone Tablets?

Prednisolone/prednisone is a corticosteroid. This type of medication is prescribed to relieve inflamed areas, decrease swelling, redness, itching, allergic reactions and for supportive care during stressful periods. Your veterinarian may also prescribe this medicine for other conditions.


How do I give Prednisone Tablets?

  • Give Prednisolone/Prednisone to your pet as directed by your veterinarian.
  • Give this medication after meals or with food.
  • Try to give this medication at the same time each day.
  • Generally, if this medicine is prescribed once a day, give it in the morning to dogs and in the evening to cats. This schedule closely mimics their natural hormone cycle.
  • If Prednisolone/Prednisone is prescribed as a liquid, measure the dose carefully.
  • DO NOT stop giving this medication suddenly, especially if your pet has been on it for a long time. Consult with your veterinarian before you stop giving this medication.
  • DO NOT give your pet more medicine than directed.
  • DO NOT give your pet medicine more often than prescribed.
  • Try not to miss giving any doses.


If I miss a dose, what do I do?

If you miss a dose, give it to your pet as soon as possible. If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose, then continue with the regular dosing schedule. Do not give your pet two doses at once.


How do I store Prednisone Tablets?  

Keep this medicine out of reach of children.

Store this medicine at room temperature in a dry, cool place. Keep this medicine away from heat and direct sunlight.

Do not store this medicine in damp places, in the bathroom, or near the kitchen sink. This medication can break down when exposed to moisture or heat.


What are the potential side effects of Prednisone Tablets?

The following side effects have been reported: excessive thirst, excessive appetite, excessive urination, dull or dry haircoat, weight gain, panting, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach upset, muscle wasting, depression, lethargy, behavioral changes such as irritability. If symptoms persist or appear troublesome, contact your veterinarian.

Prednisolone/Prednisone suppresses the immune system, which means your pet may have an increased risk of infection. Contact your veterinarian if your pet develops a fever or shows signs of frequent or painful urination.

If your pet is diabetic, prednisolone/prednisone may cause changes to your pet's insulin requirements.

Other side effects may occur. If you notice anything unusual, contact your veterinarian.


What about possible drug interactions?

Be sure to tell your veterinarian about any other medications or supplements you are giving your pet.

It’s not uncommon for your veterinarian to prescribe two different medications, which may cause a drug interaction to occur. If this happens, your veterinarian may change the dose and/or monitor your pet more closely.

The following drugs can potentially interact with Prednisolone/Prednisone: amphotericin B, potassium depleting diuretics, digitalis glycosides, salicylates, insulin, phenytoin, phenobarbital, rifampin, cyclosporin, cyclophosphamide, mitotane, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, and anticholinesterase agents.

Contact your veterinarian if your pet experiences any unusual reactions when different medications are given together.


You can find a Client Information Sheet which provides a summary of information about Prednisone Tablets for Pets by following the link below:


Prednisone (generic) Client Information Sheet*


If you have questions or concerns about Prednisone Tablets, or conditions related to its use, contact your pet's veterinarian or pharmacist.


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You can find a human-labeled package insert which provides more detailed information on Generic Prednisone's indications, forms of administration, and side effects along with other clinical information by following the link below.

This information is written for product use in people, but may be helpful to you when giving the cyclosporine capsules to your pet.

Prednisone is sold as a FDA approved generic drug. Brand varies from order to order and variation to variation. The provided link is directed to the brand available at the time of this publication. VetRxDirect is unable to guarantee which brand will be available at the time of order shipment.


Prednisone Package Insert


Prednisone's Package Insert does not take the place of instructions from your veterinarian. Talk to your veterinarian if you do not understand any of the information provided in this document or if you have any questions about Prednisone Tablets for Dogs.


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