Generic Name: InfectoCortiKrupp (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
Before taking InfectoCortiKrupp, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to prednisone; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.
Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: eye disease (such as cataracts, glaucoma), heart problems (such as heart failure, recent heart attack), high blood pressure, liver disease, kidney disease, thyroid problems, diabetes, stomach/intestinal problems (such as diverticulitis, ulcer), brittle bones (osteoporosis), current/past infections (such as tuberculosis, positive tuberculosis test, herpes, fungal), bleeding problems, blood clots, mental/mood conditions (such as psychosis, anxiety, depression), low salts in the blood (such as low potassium or calcium), seizures.
This drug may make you dizzy. Alcohol or marijuana (cannabis) can make you more dizzy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs alertness until you can do it safely. Limit alcoholic beverages. Talk to your doctor if you are using marijuana (cannabis).
This medicine may cause stomach bleeding. Daily use of alcohol while using this medicine may increase your risk for stomach bleeding. Limit alcoholic beverages. Consult your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
Before having surgery, tell your doctor or dentist about all the products you use (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products).
Using corticosteroid medications for a long time can make it more difficult for your body to respond to physical stress. Therefore, before having surgery or emergency treatment, or if you get a serious illness/injury, tell your doctor or dentist that you are using this medication or have used this medication within the past 12 months. Tell your doctor right away if you develop unusual/extreme tiredness or weight loss. If you will be using this medication for a long time, carry a warning card or medical ID bracelet that identifies your use of this medication.
This medication may mask signs of infection. It can make you more likely to get infections or may worsen any current infections. Therefore, wash your hands well to prevent the spread of infection. Avoid contact with people who have infections that may spread to others (such as chickenpox, measles, flu). Consult your doctor if you have been exposed to an infection or for more details.
InfectoCortiKrupp may cause vaccines not to work as well. Therefore, do not have any immunizations/vaccinations while using this medication without the consent of your doctor. Avoid contact with people who have recently received live vaccines (such as flu vaccine inhaled through the nose).
This medication may slow down a child's growth if used for a long time. Consult the doctor or pharmacist for more details. See the doctor regularly so your child's height and growth can be checked.
Older adults may be more sensitive to the effects of this drug, especially stomach bleeding.
During pregnancy, InfectoCortiKrupp should be used only when clearly needed. It may rarely harm an unborn baby. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor. Infants born to mothers who have been using this medication for an extended period of time may have hormone problems. Tell your doctor right away if you notice symptoms such as persistent nausea/vomiting, severe diarrhea, or weakness in your newborn.
This medication passes into breast milk. However, this drug is unlikely to harm a nursing infant. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
Why is this medication prescribed?
Ophthalmic InfectoCortiKrupp 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. InfectoCortiKrupp is in a class of medications called steroids. It prevents swelling and redness by changing the way the immune system works.
On this page
- About InfectoCortiKrupp
- Key facts
- Who can and can't take InfectoCortiKrupp
- How and when to take it
- Side effects
- How to cope with side effects
- Pregnancy and breastfeeding
- Cautions with other medicines
- Common questions
What are the side effects of InfectoCortiKrupp?
InfectoCortiKrupp side effects depend on the dose, the duration and the frequency of administration. Short courses of InfectoCortiKrupp - days to a week or two - are usually well tolerated with few and mild side effects. Long-term, high doses of InfectoCortiKrupp will usually produce predictable and potentially serious side effects. Whenever possible, the lowest effective doses of InfectoCortiKrupp should be used for the shortest length of time to minimize side effects. Alternate day dosing can also help reduce side effects.
Side effects of InfectoCortiKrupp and other corticosteroids range from mild annoyances to serious irreversible damage. Side effects include
- fluid retention,
- weight gain,
- high blood pressure,
- potassium loss,
- muscle weakness,
- puffiness of and hair growth on the face,
- thinning and easy bruising of the skin,
- peptic ulceration,
- worsening of diabetes,
- irregular menses,
- growth retardation in children,
- convulsions, and
- psychic disturbances. (Psychic disturbances can include depression, euphoria, insomnia, mood swings, personality changes, and even psychotic behavior.)
InfectoCortiKrupp and other corticosteroids can mask signs of infection and impair the body's natural immune response to infection. Patients on corticosteroids are more susceptible to infections and can develop more serious infections than healthy individuals. For instance, chickenpox and measles viruses can produce serious and even fatal illnesses in patients on high doses of InfectoCortiKrupp. Live virus vaccines, such as smallpox vaccine, should be avoided in patients taking high doses of InfectoCortiKrupp, since even vaccine viruses may cause disease in patients taking InfectoCortiKrupp. Some infectious organisms, such as tuberculosis (TB) and malaria, can remain dormant in a patient for years. InfectoCortiKrupp and other corticosteroids can reactivate dormant infections in these patients and cause serious illnesses. Patients with dormant TB may require anti-TB medications while undergoing prolonged corticosteroid treatment.
By interfering with the patient's immune response, InfectoCortiKrupp can impede the effectiveness of vaccinations. InfectoCortiKrupp can also interfere with the tuberculin skin test and cause false negative results in patients with tuberculosis infection.
InfectoCortiKrupp impairs calcium absorption and new bone formation. Patients on prolonged treatment with InfectoCortiKrupp and other corticosteroids can develop thinning of bone (osteoporosis) and an increased risk of bone fractures. Supplemental calcium and vitamin D are encouraged to slow this process of bone thinning. In some patients, medications used to treat osteoporosis may be prescribed. In rare individuals, destruction of large joints (osteonecrosis) can occur while undergoing treatment with InfectoCortiKrupp or other corticosteroids. These patients experience severe pain in the involved joints, and can require replacement of joints. The reason behind such destruction is not clear.
How much will I take?
The dose you'll take depends on your illness and whether you are taking InfectoCortiKrupp as a short course or for longer.
In children, the dose may be lower than for an adult with the same illness because it is calculated according to their height and weight.