Q: I am a diabetic, and my doctor prescribed methylPediapred 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 methylPediapred. 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
COMMON BRAND(S): Delta-Cortef, Millipred DP
GENERIC NAME(S): Pediapred
Pediapred 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.
How should this medicine be used?
Ophthalmic Pediapred comes as a solution (liquid) and a suspension (eye drops) to instill in the eye and as an eye ointment to apply to the eye. Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully, and ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any part you do not understand. Use Pediapred eye drops or eye ointment exactly as directed. Do not use more or less of it or use it more often than prescribed by your doctor.
Continue to use Pediapred eye drops or eye ointment even if you feel well. Do not stop using Pediapred eye drops or eye ointment without talking to your doctor.
3. Who can and can't take Pediapred
Pediapred can be taken by adults and children.
Pediapred isn't suitable for some people.
Tell your doctor before starting the medicine if you:
- have had an allergic reaction to Pediapred 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:
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 Pediapred.
There are other steroids available, including:
For most health problems, these steroids are very similar to Pediapred in terms of how well they work and how safe they are.
You may notice mood changes and mental health problems while taking Pediapred, 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 Pediapred 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.
1. About Pediapred
Pediapred is a type of medicine known as a corticosteroid or steroid. Corticosteroids are not the same as anabolic steroids.
Pediapred is used to treat a wide range of health problems including allergies, blood disorders, skin diseases, infections, certain cancers and to prevent organ rejection after a transplant.
It helps by reducing inflammation. It also damps down your immune system, which can help in autoimmune illnesses like rheumatoid arthritis, where your immune system mistakenly attacks its own tissues.
Pediapred is available only on prescription as tablets and as a liquid to drink. It can also be given by injection but this is usually only done in hospital.
What other drugs will affect Pediapred?
Other drugs may interact with Pediapred, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Tell your doctor about all your current medicines and any medicine you start or stop using.
Prednisone Side Effects are many, dangerous and have been well known since they were first introduced in the 1950's. While there is no doubt that prednisone temporarily reduces symptoms in many diseases and has certainly saved MANY lives of those having life threatening asthma attacks or allergic reactions, is the risk of these major side effects worth it?
For those with chronic illnesses, these corticosteroids can only suppress symptoms and never actually cure these inflammatory problems because they never address the reasons WHY you are experiencing continual inflammation. Even in the case of Cortisone Injections, they don't cure the inflammation and pain, but only mask it. Have you ever thought about why your body is creating inflammation in the first place? There IS a reason, and corticosteroid anti-inflammatory drugs such as:
also called Glucocorticoids, Corticosteroids or Steroidal Anti-Inflammatories- these drugs should not be confused with the illegal 'Anabolic Steroids' that bodybuilders use nor with Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs, such as Ibuprofen. Corticosteroids are powerful drugs that can only be obtained by prescription (at least in the US) and are designed to reduce inflammation in many different illnesses with an inflammatory component. Corticosteroids come in many forms and can be given by the intravenous or injection form in hospitals, where they are known as Pediapred or MethylPediapred, or in oral pills called Prednisone or PediPred (for children) when taken at home.
While they absolutely do reduce inflammation, and they do their job extremely well for both acute and chronic problems, they also cause a WIDE range of short and long-term side effects that can range from a pleasant increase in energy to permanent diabetes and osteoporosis.
Tell your doctor about all prescription, nonprescription, illegal, recreational, herbal, nutritional, or dietary drugs you're taking, especially:
- Diuretics (water pills)
- Blood thinners, such as Coumadin (warfarin)
- Gengraf, Neoral, or Sandimmune (cyclosporine)
- Insulin or any other diabetes medication
- Nizoral (ketoconazole)
- Rifadin, Rifater, Rifamate, or Rimactane (rifampin)
- Seizure medicines, such as Dilantin (phenytoin) or Solfoton (phenobarbital)
- Oral contraceptives (birth control pills)
- St. John's wort