Clinical Reference Systems: Pediatric Advisor 10.0
What are other names for this drug?
Some of the names for oral steroids are prednisone, Paelone,
Pediapred, Medrol, and Liquid Pred.
What does this drug do?
Oral steroids reduce swelling, inflammation, and mucus
production in the airways. They help control and prevent
symptoms of asthma, allergy, and rheumatic diseases.
How is it taken?
Oral steroids can be taken as pills or syrup.
What is the usual dose?
There is no usual dose of steroids. They are carefully
prescribed by your doctor for a specific amount of time. In
general, when a steroid is prescribed for less than 10 days
it is called a "burst" and does not require decreasing doses
before stopping the medicine. Steroids taken daily or every
other day for over 10 days should not be stopped without
checking with your doctor first.
What side effects can steroids cause?
Side effects are related to each individual and how much,
how often, and how long the medication is taken. The side
effects of steroids during a burst include increased
appetite, a feeling of well-being, irritability, and
difficulty sleeping. Side effects of oral steroids taken
daily, for long periods of time, and/or at high doses can be
serious and are slow to resolve once the medication is
What special instructions should be followed?
Always take the prescribed amount for the length of time
prescribed. Do not stop taking the prescribed dose before
checking with your doctor.
Your prescribed dose of ______________________ is _____ mg
to be taken ______ times a day for _____ days.