Treats endocrine (gland and hormone) disorders, arthritis, lupus, skin disease, allergies, autoimmune disorders, swelling, asthma or other breathing problems. Also treats many other medical conditions. This medicine is a steroid.
Your doctor will tell you how much of this medicine to use and how often. Your dose may need to be changed several times in order to find out what works best for you. Do not use more medicine or use it more often than your doctor tells you to.
If a dose is missed:
If you miss a dose or forget to use your medicine, use it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then to use the medicine and skip the missed dose. Do not use extra medicine to make up for a missed dose.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
Make sure your doctor knows if you are also using aspirin, ketoconazole (Nizoral®), phenobarbital, phenytoin (Dilantin®), rifampin (Rifadin®, Rimactane®), or troleandomycin (Tao®). Tell your doctor if you are using insulin or diabetes medicine that you take by mouth (such as glyburide, metformin, Actos®, Diabeta®, Glucotrol®), or a blood thinner such as warfarin (Coumadin®).
Talk to your doctor before getting flu shots or other vaccines while you are receiving this medicine. Vaccines may not work as well, or they could make you ill while you are using this medicine.
Make sure your doctor knows if you are pregnant, or if you have congestive heart failure or high blood pressure. Tell your doctor if you have underactive thyroid, diabetes, tuberculosis, kidney disease, osteoporosis, or myasthenia gravis.
Make sure your doctor knows if you have cirrhosis of the liver, or stomach problems (such as ulcer, colitis, or diverticulitis).
Tell your doctor if you have glaucoma, cataracts, or an eye infection (especially from herpes simplex).
If you have been exposed to chickenpox or measles, tell your doctor right away.
You may need to change your dose of this medicine if you have a medical emergency, an infection, or need to have surgery. Tell your doctor about anything that may affect your health, including emotional stress.
This medicine may slow down a child's growth. If you think your child is not growing properly while using this medicine, talk with your doctor.
Do not stop using this medicine suddenly without asking your doctor. You may need to slowly decrease your dose before stopping it completely. After stopping this medicine, call your doctor if you have fever, tiredness, and muscle or joint pain.
Make sure any doctor or dentist who treats you knows that you are using this medicine. This medicine may affect the results of certain medical tests.