Oral corticosteroids are medicines that help calm down the body's response to inflammation. Oral means that they are taken by mouth. This is most often in the form of a pill. They also come in liquid form.
This medicine is used for treating many conditions, such as asthma, allergic reactions, and juvenile arthritis. Your child's doctor may prescribe it for a severe skin problem. A rash from poison ivy is one example. Your child may have side effects from taking this medicine. These include nausea, headache, dizziness, and anxiety.
Follow your doctor's instructions on how to give this medicine to your child. If your child takes it for 2 weeks or more, take special care when it's time for your child to stop. You might need to slowly reduce (taper) the amount your child takes. Slowly cutting down over time helps your child's body adjust to the change.
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines your child takes.
Call 911 if:
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your child's health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of: October 6, 2017
John Pope, MD, MPH - Pediatrics
& Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine & Theresa O'Young, PharmD - Clinical Pharmacy & Lora J. Stewart, MD - Allergy and Immunology, Pediatrics
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