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When and How to Take Prednisone

Some general considerations for when and how to take prednisone include:
 
  • The medication comes in tablet form and is taken by mouth. It can be taken just once a day or several times a day, depending on the condition being treated. If you are taking it just once a day, it is usually best to take it in the morning. Some people take it every other day.
     
  • Taking it too late in the evening may cause difficulty sleeping for some people. If you notice this problem, ask your healthcare provider about taking your dosage earlier in the day.
     
  • It is also available in liquid forms for people who have difficulty swallowing tablets.
     
  • Your dosage should always be taken with food, as it can be irritating to the stomach.
     
  • It should be taken at the same time(s) each day to maintain even levels of medicine in your blood.
     
  • For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. Do not take prednisone longer than prescribed, and do not stop taking it suddenly (see Prednisone Withdrawal).
     

Dosing Information

The dosage that your healthcare provider recommends will vary depending on a number of factors, including:
 
  • The medical condition being treated
  • The severity of your condition
  • Your age and weight
  • Other medications you may be taking
  • Other medical conditions you may have.
     
As always, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
 
(Click Prednisone Dosage for more information.)
 
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