What are Orapred solution?
OraPred is a corticosteroid. It helps to reduce swelling, redness, itching, and allergic reactions and can be used to treat severe allergies, skin problems, asthma, arthritis and other conditions. Generic Orapred oral solution and syrup are available.
What should I tell my health care provider before I take Orapred?
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
cataracts or glaucoma
heart problems, or previous heart attack
high blood pressure or blood clotting disorder
infection, such as herpes, measles, tuberculosis or chickenpox
stomach or intestinal disease, including colitis
an unusual or allergic reaction to Orapred, other corticosteroids, medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
pregnant or trying to get pregnant
How should I take Orapred?
Take Orapred oral solution or syrup by mouth. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Shake well before using. Use a specially marked spoon or container to measure your medicine. Ask your pharmacist if you do not have one; household spoons are not always accurate. Take with food or milk to avoid stomach upset. If you are only taking Orapred once a day, take it in the morning, which is the time your body normally secretes cortisol. Take your doses at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed.
Contact your pediatrician or health care professional regarding the use of Orapred in children. Special care may be needed.
What if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose, take it a soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, consult your prescriber or health care professional. You may need to miss a dose or take a double dose, depending on your condition and treatment. Do not take double or extra doses without advice.
What drug(s) may interact with Orapred?
antiinflammatory drugs (NSAIDs, such as ibuprofen)
barbiturate medicines for inducing sleep or treating seizures
certain heart medicines
female hormones, including contraceptives or birth control pills
live virus vaccines, and other toxoids and vaccines
medicines for diabetes
Tell your prescriber or health care professional about all other medicines you are taking, including non-prescription medicines, nutritional supplements, or herbal products. Also tell your prescriber or health care professional if you are a frequent user of drinks with caffeine or alcohol, if you smoke, or if you use illegal drugs. These may affect the way your medicine works. Check with your health care professional before stopping or starting any of your medicines.
What side effects may I notice from taking Orapred?
Side effects that you should report to your prescriber or health care professional as soon as possible:
bloody or black, tarry stools
confusion, excitement, restlessness, a false sense of well-being
eye pain, decreased or blurred vision, or bulging eyes
fever, sore throat, sneezing, cough, or other signs of infection, wounds that will not heal
frequent passing of urine
mental depression, mood swings, mistaken feelings of self-importance or of being mistreated
muscle cramps or weakness
pain in hips, back, ribs, arms, shoulders, or legs
rounding out of face
skin problems, acne, thin and shiny skin
swelling of feet or lower legs
unusual bruising, pinpoint red spots on the skin
unusual tiredness or weakness
weight gain or weight loss
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your prescriber or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
diarrhea or constipation
increased or decreased appetite
nervousness, restlessness, or difficulty sleeping
unusual increased growth of hair on the face or body
What should I watch for while taking Orapred?
Visit your prescriber or health care professional for regular checks on your progress. If you are taking Orapred over a prolonged period, carry an identification card with your name and address, the type and dose of your medicine, and your prescriber's name and address. Do not suddenly stop taking Orapred. You may need to gradually reduce the dose, so that your body can adjust. Follow the advice of your prescriber or health care professional.
If you are taking Orapred regularly, avoid contact with people who have an infection. You will have an increased risk from infection while taking Orapred. Do not receive any vaccinations as you may get a strong reaction, and avoid people who have recently taken oral polio vaccine. Tell your prescriber or health care professional if you are exposed to anyone with measles or chickenpox, or if you develop sores or blisters that do not heal properly.
If you are going to have surgery, tell your prescriber or health care professional that you have received Orapred within the last twelve months.
If you receive Orapred every day, you may need to watch your diet. Your body can lose potassium while you are taking Orapred. Ask your prescriber or health care professional about your diet.
Orapred can affect your blood sugar. If you are diabetic check with your prescriber or health care professional if you need help adjusting the dose of your diabetic medicine.
Alcohol can increase the risk of getting serious side effects while you are taking Orapred. Avoid alcoholic drinks.
Orapred can interfere with certain lab tests and can cause false skin test results.
People who are taking certain dosages of Orapred may need to avoid immunization with certain vaccines or may need to have changes in their vaccination schedules to ensure adequate protection from certain diseases. Make sure to tell your prescriber or health care professional that you are taking Orapred before receiving any vaccine.