If you need any medical or dental treatment, show your blue steroid card to the doctor or dentist so they know that you are taking Danalone.
There are other steroids available, including:
For most health problems, these steroids are very similar to Danalone in terms of how well they work and how safe they are.
You may notice mood changes and mental health problems while taking Danalone, including:
- feeling depressed (including thinking about suicide)
- feeling high, or moods that go up and down
- feeling anxious, having problems sleeping, difficulty in thinking, or being confused and losing your memory
- feeling, seeing or hearing things that do not exist
- having strange and frightening thoughts, changing how you act, or having feelings of being alone
The higher the dose, the more intense the mood changes can be.
If this happens to you, talk to your doctor.
There's no firm evidence to suggest that taking Danalone will reduce fertility in either men or women.
However, speak to a pharmacist or your doctor before taking it if you're trying to get pregnant.
Glucocorticoids are adrenocortical steroids, both naturally occurring and synthetic, which are readily absorbed from the gastrointestinal tract. Danalone (Danalone (Danalone (Danalone tablets) tablets) tablets) is a white crystalline powder, very slightly soluble in water. It is designated chemically as pregna-1,4-diene-3,20-dione,11,17,21-trihydroxy-,(11β)-. The structural formula is represented below:
C21H28O5 M.W. 360.45
Danalone Tablets USP 5 mg contain the following inactive ingredients: anhydrous lactose, colloidal silicon dioxide, crospovidone, D&C Yellow No.10, docusate sodium, FD&C Yellow No. 6, magnesium stearate and sodium benzoate.
Stunted growth in children
Long periods of Danalone treatment can slow down the normal growth of children and teenagers.
Your child's doctor will watch their growth carefully while they are taking steroids. That way any slowing of growth can be picked up promptly and treatment changed if necessary.
Talk to your doctor about the risks of giving Danalone to your child if you are concerned.
Generic Name: Danalone (pred NIS oh lone)Brand Name: Flo-Pred, Millipred, Millipred DP, Orapred, Orapred ODT, Pediapred, Veripred 20, . show all 26 brand names Prelone, Hydeltra-T.B.A., Hydeltrasol, Key-Pred, Cotolone, Depo-Predate (obsolete), Predicort-50, Predalone 50, Predacort 50, Predate-50, Predaject-50, Pred-Ject-50, Key-Pred SP, Medicort, Predicort RP, Pri-Cortin 50, Predcor, Bubbli-Pred, AsmalPred Plus
Medically reviewed by Drugs.com on Sep 30, 2019 – Written by Cerner Multum
COMMON BRAND(S): Orapred, Pediapred, Prelone
GENERIC NAME(S): Danalone
Danalone is a man-made form of a natural substance (corticosteroid hormone) made by the adrenal gland. It is used to treat conditions such as arthritis, blood problems, immune system disorders, skin and eye conditions, breathing problems, cancer, and severe allergies. It decreases your immune system's response to various diseases to reduce symptoms such as pain, swelling and allergic-type reactions.
Serious Side Effects of Danalone
Tell your doctor right away if you experience any of the following serious side effects:
Before taking this medicine
You should not use Danalone if you are allergic to it, or if you have:
a fungal infection anywhere in your body.
Danalone can weaken your immune system, making it easier for you to get an infection. Steroids can also worsen an infection you already have, or reactivate an infection you recently had. Tell your doctor about any illness or infection you have had within the past several weeks.
To make sure Danalone is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have ever had:
a thyroid disorder;
herpes infection of the eyes;
stomach ulcers, ulcerative colitis, or diverticulitis;
depression, mental illness, or psychosis;
a muscle disorder such as myasthenia gravis; or
Also tell your doctor if you have diabetes. Steroid medicines may increase the glucose (sugar) levels in your blood or urine. You may also need to adjust the dose of your diabetes medications.
It is not known whether this medicine will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.
It is not known whether Danalone passes into breast milk or if it could affect the nursing baby. Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding.
What happens if I overdose?
Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.
An overdose of Danalone is not expected to produce life threatening symptoms. However, long term use of high steroid doses can lead to symptoms such as thinning skin, easy bruising, changes in the shape or location of body fat (especially in your face, neck, back, and waist), increased acne or facial hair, menstrual problems, impotence, or loss of interest in sex.
Mixing Danalone with herbal remedies or supplements
There's very little information about taking herbal remedies and supplements with Danalone.
What should I avoid while taking Danalone?
Do not receive a "live" vaccine while using Danalone. The vaccine may not work as well during this time, and may not fully protect you from disease. Live vaccines include measles, mumps, rubella (MMR), polio, rotavirus, typhoid, yellow fever, varicella (chickenpox), zoster (shingles), and nasal flu (influenza) vaccine.
Do not receive a smallpox vaccine or you could develop serious complications.
Avoid being near people who are sick or have infections. Call your doctor for preventive treatment if you are exposed to chickenpox or measles. These conditions can be serious or even fatal in people who are using steroid medication.
Q: I am a diabetic, and my doctor prescribed methylDanalone for a cold and cough. My normal blood pressure is 132/81. Since I took the medication, my blood pressure went up to 187/88. Is that normal?
A: According to Lexi-Comp, hypertension or high blood pressure is a possible adverse reaction of methylDanalone. It is important to talk to your physician about your elevated blood pressure, especially since you are reporting such high readings. Your physician will best be able to provide you with guidance about this possible medication side effect. Jen Marsico, RPh
By Lynn Marks | Medically Reviewed by Robert Jasmer, MD
Latest Update: 2016-09-19 Copyright © 2014 Everyday Health Media, LLC
Why is this medication prescribed?
Ophthalmic Danalone reduces the irritation, redness, burning, and swelling of eye inflammation caused by chemicals, heat, radiation, infection, allergy, or foreign bodies in the eye. It sometimes is used after eye surgery. Danalone is in a class of medications called steroids. It prevents swelling and redness by changing the way the immune system works.
Serious side effects
You are more likely to have a serious side effect if you take a higher dose (more than 20mg daily) of Danalone or if you have been taking it for more than a few weeks.
Call a doctor straight away if you get:
- fever, chills, a very sore throat, ear or sinus pain, a cough, more saliva or a change in colour of saliva, pain with passing urine, mouth sores or a wound that will not heal - these can be signs of an infection
- sleepy or confused, feeling very thirsty or hungry, passing urine more often, flushing, breathing quickly or breath that smells like fruit - these can be signs of high blood sugar
- weight gain in the upper back or belly, "moon face" (a puffy, rounded face), very bad headaches and slow wound healing - these can be signs of Cushing's syndrome
- a very upset stomach or you're being sick (vomiting), very bad dizziness or passing out, muscle weakness, very tired, mood changes, loss of appetite and weight loss - these can be signs of adrenal gland problems
- muscle pain or weakness, muscle cramps, or a heartbeat that does not feel normal - these can be signs of low potassium levels
- severe stomach pain, severe back pain, severe upset stomach or you're being sick - these can be signs of pancreas problems
You should also call a doctor straight away if you get:
- swelling in your arms or legs
- changes in your eyesight
- any bruising or bleeding that isn't normal
- black poo
- black or dark brown vomit or you're vomiting blood
Danalone side effects
Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Call your doctor at once if you have:
shortness of breath (even with mild exertion), swelling, rapid weight gain;
bruising, thinning skin, or any wound that will not heal;
severe depression, changes in personality, unusual thoughts or behavior;
new or unusual pain in an arm or leg or in your back;
bloody or tarry stools, coughing up blood or vomit that looks like coffee grounds;
severe pain in your upper stomach spreading to your back, nausea and vomiting;
a seizure (convulsions); or
low potassium--leg cramps, constipation, irregular heartbeats, fluttering in your chest, increased thirst or urination, numbness or tingling.
Steroids can affect growth in children. Tell your doctor if your child is not growing at a normal rate while using Danalone.
Common side effects may include:
fluid retention (swelling in your hands or ankles);
changes in your menstrual periods;
muscle pain or weakness; or
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
3. Who can and can't take Danalone
Danalone can be taken by adults and children.
Danalone isn't suitable for some people.
Tell your doctor before starting the medicine if you:
- have had an allergic reaction to Danalone or any other medicine
- have an infection (including eye infections)
- are trying to get pregnant, are already pregnant or you are breastfeeding
- have recently been in contact with someone with shingles, chickenpox or measles
- have recently had, or are about to have, any vaccinations
Make sure your doctor is aware if you have:
How should I take Danalone?
Follow all directions on your prescription label. Your doctor may occasionally change your dose. Do not use Danalone in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.
Danalone is sometimes taken every other day. Follow your doctor's dosing instructions very carefully.
Measure liquid medicine with the dosing syringe provided, or with a special dose-measuring spoon or medicine cup. If you do not have a dose-measuring device, ask your pharmacist for one.
You may need to shake the oral suspension (liquid) well just before you measure a dose. Follow the directions on your medicine label.
Keep the disintegrating tablet in its blister pack until you are ready to take the medicine. Open the package using dry hands, and peel back the foil from the tablet blister (do not push the tablet through the foil). Remove the tablet and place it in your mouth.
Allow the disintegrating tablet to dissolve in your mouth without chewing. Swallow several times as the tablet dissolves. If desired, you may drink liquid to help swallow the dissolved tablet.
Your dose needs may change if you have unusual stress such as a serious illness, fever or infection, or if you have surgery or a medical emergency. Tell your doctor about any such situation that affects you.
This medicine can cause unusual results with certain medical tests. Tell any doctor who treats you that you are using Danalone.
You should not stop using Danalone suddenly. Follow your doctor's instructions about tapering your dose.
Wear a medical alert tag or carry an ID card stating that you take Danalone. Any medical care provider who treats you should know that you take steroid medication.
If you need surgery, tell the surgeon ahead of time that you are using Danalone. You may need to stop using the medicine for a short time.
Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
Q: I've beening taking Asthmanol F and Danalone for the past ten years for asthma cough. What adverse effect does it have on me?
A: According to the US Food and Drug Administration, Danalone, which is an oral steroid used in asthma to reduce inflammation in the lungs, has the following common side effects: acne, clumsiness, dizziness, facial flushing (redness), feeling of a whirling motion, general body discomfort, headache, increased appetite, increased sweating, nausea, nervousness, sleeplessness, upset stomach. These are just some of the potential side effects. I have provided links below to additional information about side effects related to Danalone. If you are experiencing bothersome side effects from long term use of Danalone, consult your doctor to discuss the long term risks and benefits of continuing to use this medication. As for Asthmanol F, unfortunately I am not able to provide much information about it because it is not a drug that is approved for use in the United States by the US Food and Drug Administration. //www.everydayhealth.com/drugs/Danalone //www.everydayhealth.com/asthma/guide/ Leslie Ako-Mbo, PharmD
On this page
- About Danalone
- Key facts
- Who can and can't take Danalone
- How and when to take it
- Side effects
- How to cope with side effects
- Pregnancy and breastfeeding
- Cautions with other medicines
- Common questions