Before taking prednisone

Please tell your doctor and pharmacist if you are allergic to prednisone, any other medications, or any of the inactive ingredients in prednisone tablets or solutions. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for a list of the inactive ingredients.
Moreover, inform your doctor and pharmacist what prescription and non-prescription medications, vitamins, and nutritional supplements you are taking or plan to take. Be sure to mention any of the following: amiodarone (Cordaronereg;, Paceronereg;); anticoagulants ('blood thinners') such as warfarin (Coumadinreg;); certain antifungals such as fluconazole (Diflucanreg;), itraconazole (Sporanox), ketoconazole (Nizoralreg;) and voriconazole (Vfendreg;);aprepitant (Emendreg;); aspirin; carbamazepine (Carbatrolreg;, Epitolreg;, Tegretolreg;); cimetidine (Tagametreg;); clarithromycin (Biaxinreg;, Prevpakreg;); cyclosporine (Neoralreg;, Sandimmunereg;); delavirdine (Rescriptorreg;); diltiazem (Cardizemreg;, Dilacorreg;, Tiazacreg;, others); dexamethasone (Decadronreg;, Dexpakreg;); diuretics ('water pills'); efavirenz (Sustivareg;); fluoxetine (Prozacreg;, Sarafemreg;); fluvoxamine (Luvoxreg;); griseofulvin (Fulvicinreg;, Grifulvinreg;, Gris-PEGreg;); HIV protease inhibitors including atazanavir (Reyatazreg;), indinavir (Crixivanreg;), lopinavir (in Kaletrareg;), nelfinavir (Viraceptreg;), ritonavir (Norvirreg;, in Kaletrareg;), and saquinavir (Fortovasereg;, Invirasereg;); hormonal contraceptives (birth control pills, patches, rings, implants, and injections); lovastatin (Altocorreg;, Mevacorreg;); medications for diabetes; nefazodone; nevirapine (Viramunereg;); phenobarbital; phenytoin (Dilantinreg;, Phenytekreg;); rifabutin (Mycobutinreg;), rifampin (Rifadinreg;, Rimactanereg;, in Rifamatereg;); sertraline (Zoloftreg;); troleandomycin (TAOreg;); verapamil (Calanreg;, Coverareg;, Isoptinreg;, Verelanreg;); and zafirlukast (Accolatereg;). Your doctor may need to change the doses of your medications or monitor you carefully for side effects.
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Tell your doctor what herbal products you are taking or plan to take, especially St. John's wort.
Additionally, please let your doctor know if you currently have an eye infection or have ever had eye infections that come and go, threadworms (a type of worm that can live inside the body), diabetes, high blood pressure, emotional problems, mental illness, myasthenia gravis (a condition in which the muscles become weak), osteoporosis (condition in which the bones become weak and fragile and can break easily), seizures, tuberculosis (TB), ulcers, or liver, kidney, intestinal, heart, or thyroid disease.
Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding. If you become pregnant while taking prednisone, call your doctor.
If you are having surgery, including dental surgery, or need emergency medical treatment, tell the doctor, dentist, or medical staff that you are taking or have recently stopped taking prednisone. You should carry a card or wear a bracelet with this information in case you are unable to speak in a medical emergency.
Do not have any vaccinations (shots to prevent diseases) without first talking to your doctor.
Furthermore, you should know that prednisone may decrease your ability to fight infection and may prevent you from developing symptoms if you get an infection. Stay away from people who are sick and wash your hands often while you are taking this medication. Be sure to avoid people who have chicken pox or measles. Call your doctor immediately if you think you may have been around someone who had chicken pox or measles.
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