Affecting nearly every cell in the body, Prednisone is a glucocorticoid drug that is effective against a variety of conditions. The tablets contain anti-inflammatory properties, as well as help suppress the immune system, stops itching, treat certain types of cancer, anemia, Addison's Disease and many more.
Generally safe when given according to veterinarian's prescription. Side effects are often dependent on the dosage level, and prednisone is safer and more effective when tailored according to your pet's condition.
May cause increased appetite, thirst and need to urinate. Because prednisone suppresses the immune system, it may increase your pet's risk for infection. Long-term therapy may lead to Cushing's disease. Also changes the animal's blood sugar and subsequent insulin requirements.
Not for pets with some types of fungal infections or mange, as it may worsen the infection. Do not use at the same time as non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Prednisone can also significantly alter the effect of many other medications, including vaccinations, so always talk to your veterinarian about any other medications your pet may be taking. Do not use in pregnant or nursing animals.
Use very carefully in diabetic patients, as prednisone affects insulin requirements. Do not take pet off prednisone therapy suddenly, as the body may not return to making its own cortisol hormone. Dosage must be decreased gradually when stopping prednisone therapy.
Disposal of unused prescription medications:
- Revival Animal Health participates in the Take Away Environmental Return System which provides an environmentally safe destruction program.
- The preferred method of drug disposal is to return the unwanted product to a pharmacy that participates in the Take Away Environmental Return System. Seek a local pharmacy that participates in this program for safe disposal.
- A secondary method of drug disposal is to remove the unwanted medication from any wrappers or containers and place it in a plastic bag with moist coffee grounds or cat litter. This can be disposed of in the regular garbage collection.
- Please do NOT dispose of unwanted meds down the drain or toilet, as this may eventually find its way into the human water supply.
Disposal of medical sharps:
- When you're finished with the syringe and needle, do not try to recap, remove, bend or break the needle. This is where most injuries occur.
- Dispose the syringe and needle immediately in a nearby sharps container. All sharps must be deposited in a puncture-proof container. Make sure your storage location is child and animal proof.
- As with all product handling, make sure you wash your hands after handling medical sharps.
Disposal of sharps container:
- When your sharps container is half-full, sift dry Portland Cement throughout the sharps. Fill the container with water, and rotate until the cement is mixed and the sharps have been distributed throughout the cement mixture. Let cement dry for 24 hours.
- Seal the lid of the container tightly and use duct tape to seal. Label the container "Livestock Sharps" to properly identify the contents.
- Dispose of the containers in accordance with your state's regulations.
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