Indications of Deltasone 5 mg
Rheumatic Disorders: Psoriatic arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, acute and subacute bursitis, acute nonspecific tenosynovitis, acute gouty arthritis, post-traumatic osteoarthritis. Endocrine Disorders: ... Read moreRheumatic Disorders: Psoriatic arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, acute and subacute bursitis, acute nonspecific tenosynovitis, acute gouty arthritis, post-traumatic osteoarthritis. Endocrine Disorders: Primary or secondary adrenocortical insufficiency, congenital adrenal hyperplasia, nonsuppurative thyroiditis, hypercalcemia associated with cancer. Dermatologic Diseases: Pemphigus, bullous dermatitis herpetiformis, severe erythema multiforme, exfoliative dermatitis, mycosis fungoides, severe psoriasis. Allergic States: Seasonal or perennial allergic rhinitis, bronchial asthma, contact dermatitis, atopic dermatitis, serum sickness, drug hypersensitivity reactions.Respiratory Diseases: Symptomatic sarcoidosis, berylliosis, fulminating, aspiration pneumonitis. Hematologic Disorders: Idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura, secondary thrombocytopenia, acquired (autoimmune) hemolytic anemia, erythroblastopenia (RBC anemia). Edematous States: To induce a diuresis or remission of proteinuria in the nephrotic syndrome, without uremia, of the idiopathic type or that due to lupus erythematosus. Gastrointestinal Diseases: Ulcerative colitis, regional enteritis.
Deltasone 5 mg decreases inflammation by inhibition of migration of polymorphonuclear leukocytes and reversal of increased capillary permeability. It suppresses the immune system by reducing the activity and production of the lymphocytes and eosinophils.
Dosage & Administration of Deltasone 5 mg
The initial dose may vary from 5 mg to 60 mg per day depending on the specific disease. After a favorable response is noted, the proper maintenance dosage should be determined by decreasing the initial drug dosage in small decrements at appropriate time intervals until the lowest dosage which will maintain an adequate clinical response is reached. Constant monitoring is needed in regard to drug dosage. If after long-term therapy the drug is to be stopped, it is recommended that it should be withdrawn gradually rather than abruptly. Multiple Sclerosis: In the treatment of acute exacerbations of multiple sclerosis daily doses of 200 mg of Deltasone 5 mg for a week followed by 80 mg every other day for 1 month have been shown to be effective.
Dosage of Deltasone 5 mg
Initial: 2 mg/kg/day (maximum 80 mg/day) in divided doses 3 to 4 times/day until urine is protein free for 3 consecutive days (maximum: 28 days); followed by 1 to 1.5 mg/kg/dose given every other day for 4 weeks.
Maintenance dose: 0.5 to 1 mg/kg/ dose given every other day for 3 to 6 months.
Anti-inflammatory: 5 to 60 mg per day in divided doses 1 to 4 times/day.Acute Asthma: 40-60 mg/day PO in single daily dose or divided q12 hr for 3-10 days.Allergic Conditions:
Day 1: 10 mg PO before breakfast, 5 mg after lunch and after dinner, and 10 mg at bedtime.
Day 2: 5 mg PO before breakfast, after lunch, and after dinner and 10 mg at bedtime.
Day 3: 5 mg PO before breakfast, after lunch, after dinner, and at bedtime.
Day 4: 5 mg PO before breakfast, after lunch, and at bedtime.
Day 5: 5 mg PO before breakfast and at bedtime.
Day 6: 5 mg PO before breakfast.
1 year: Acute: 10 mg orally every 12 hours. Maintenance: 10 mg orally every other day.
1 to 4 years: Acute: 20 mg orally every 12 hours. Maintenance: 20 mg orally every other day.
5 to 12 years: Acute: 30 mg orally every 12 hours. Maintenance: 30 mg orally every other day.
12 years: Acute: 40 mg orally every 12 hours. Maintenance: 40 mg orally every other day.
Anti-inflammatory: 0.05 to 2 mg/kg/day divided 1 to 4 times/day.Immunosuppression: 0.05 to 2 mg/kg/day divided 1 to 4 times/day.
Interaction of Deltasone 5 mg
The efficacy of Deltasone 5 mg is reduced by Aminoglutethimide, Antacids, Barbiturates, Carbamazepine, Griseofulvin, Mitotane, Phenylbutazone, Phenytoin, Primidone and Rifampin. Deltasone 5 mg reduces the amount of potassium in the blood. Digitalis can cause Cardiac arrhythmias if hypokalemia occurs. Immunization should be done very carefully.
Systemic infections unless specific anti-infective therapy is employed. Hypersensitivity to any ingredient. Ocular herpes simplex because of possible perforation.
Side Effects of Deltasone 5 mg
Common side effects include increased appetite, indigestion, nervousness or restlessness. Less frequent or rare side effects are darkening or lightening of skin color, dizziness or lightheadedness, flushing of face or cheeks, hiccups, increased sweating, the sensation of spinning.
Pregnancy & Lactation
Since adequate human reproduction studies have not been done with corticosteroids, the use of these drugs in pregnancy, nursing mothers or women of childbearing potential requires that the possible benefits of the drug be weighed against the potential hazards to the mother and embryo or fetus. Infants born of mothers who have received substantial doses of corticosteroids during pregnancy, should be carefully observed for signs of hypoadrenalism. Dietary salt restriction and potassium supplementation may be necessary. All corticosteroids increase calcium excretion
Precautions & Warnings
Precaution has to be taken in diabetes, hypertension, Psychological disturbances, osteoporosis, post-menopausal women, pregnancy and in chronic nephritis. Long-term use of Deltasone 5 mg can cause Cushing's habitus, hyperglycemia, muscular weakness, increased susceptibility to infection, delayed wound healing, and psychiatric disturbances.
Overdose Effects of Deltasone 5 mg
Adverse effects related to prednisone normally develop only after prolonged use of doses in excess of the normal physiological requirement. Treatment is symptomatic and where possible the prednisone dose should be reduced gradually.
Store in a cool and dry place, protected from light. Keep out of the reach of the children.
Mode Of Action
Deltasone 5 mg is a synthetic adrenocortical drug with predominantly glucocorticoid properties. Deltasone 5 mg directly inhibits the action of the Phospholipase A2 enzyme which is responsible for the production of different inflammatory mediators like Leukotrienes, SRS-A, Prostaglandins etc. Deltasone 5 mg is rapidly and well absorbed from the Gl tract following oral administration. Deltasone 5 mg is 70- 90% protein-bound in the plasma and it is eliminated from the plasma with a half-life of 2 to 4 hours. It is metabolized mainly in the liver and excreted in the urine.
This medicine is not recommended for use during pregnancy unless considered essential by your doctor. It should only be used if the expected benefit to the mother is greater than any possible risk to the foetus. Corticosteroids appear in breast milk and could suppress growth, interfere with endogenous corticosteroid production or cause other unwanted effects.