Medicines & Supplements A to Z > Prednisolone


Last updated on June 27, 2019.

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GENERIC NAMES: Prednisolone


COMMON BRANDS IN HONG KONG: Econopred Plus, Minims Prednisolone Sodium Phosphate, Panafcortelone, Predsol Retention Enema, Redipred

What is Prednisolone for?

Prednisolone belongs to a class of medications called glucocorticoids or steroid hormones. It mainly works by reducing inflammation with a wide range of indications, including: 

  • Respiratory diseases such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Inflammatory joint diseases (e.g. gout)
  • Allergic and inflammatory disorders
  • Inflammatory eye disorders
  • Allergic and inflammatory conditions of the ear
  • Inflammatory bowel disease such as Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis
  • A component of cancer treatment

How to use it?

For allergic and inflammatory disorders



Usual range is 5-60 mg daily and may be given as daily divided doses, daily single dose, a double dose on alternate days. Dosage is individualised according to the disease and you response. 


For inflammatory eye disorders

To the eyes  

Adult / Child 

As 1% Prednisolone acetate suspension: Instill 1-2 drops into the conjunctival sac 2-4 times daily, may increase to 2 drops every hour during the initial 24-48 hours;

As 0.5% Prednisolone sodium phosphate solution: Instill 1-2 drops every 1-2 hours until control is achieved.


For allergic and inflammatory conditions of the ear

To the ears 


As 0.5% Prednisolone Na phosphate solution: Instill 2 or 3 drops into the ear 2 or 3 every hour until control is achieved. The frequency of administration depends on your response and the treatment needs to be discontinued if there is no response within 7 days of treatment.


For Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis



For rectal and rectosigmoidal disease: 

As enema: 1 enema at bedtime for 2-4 weeks. 

As suppository: Remove the wrapper and Insert 1 suppository at bedtime and 1 suppository in the morning after defecation.

What are the side effects of Prednisolone?

When used as a cream or ointment, minimise the period of time you use Prednisolone as long-term use can cause skin thinning. When Prednisolone is taken by mouth for long-term use, it can have more serious side effects such as anxiety, cataracts, cognitive impairment, fat redistribution (moon face and buffalo hump), fluid retention, gastrointestinal discomfort, headache, impaired wound healing, high blood pressure, increased risk of infection, menstrual cycle irregularities, and osteoporosis.

Where to buy Prednisolone in Hong Kong?

In Hong Kong, Prednisolone is a prescription only medicine. It requires a prescription from a doctor to be purchased in a pharmacy. It can also be obtained from doctors. To find a pharmacy near you, refer to the list of pharmacies (“Authorized Sellers of Poisons”) from the Hong Kong Department of Health.

For more information about drug names and ingredients, you can visit Hong Kong’s Drug Office at

For detailed information about the use of Prednisolone in children, pregnancy and breastfeeding, and for questions about drug interactions, please check with your pharmacist or doctor.

Disclaimer: our goal is to provide you with the most relevant drug information and common dosage for Hong Kong. This information does not constitute medical advice. For specific treatment recommendations and advice, always discuss with your doctor or pharmacist, and follow the instructions included with your specific medicine.