Label: PREDNISOLONE- prednisolone oral solution

  • NDC Code(s): 62135-250-24, 62135-250-37, 62135-250-45, 62135-250-47
  • Packager: Chartwell RX, LLC

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Updated June 3, 2024

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    Prednisolone oral solution contains prednisolone which is a glucocorticoid. Glucocorticoids are adrenocortical steroids, both naturally occurring and synthetic, which are readily absorbed from the gastrointestinal tract. Prednisolone is a white to practically white, odorless, crystalline powder. It is very slightly soluble in water, soluble in methanol and in dioxane; sparingly soluble in acetone and in alcohol, slightly soluble in chloroform.

    The chemical name for Prednisolone is Pregna-1,4 -diene -3, 20 - dione, 11, 17, 21- trihydroxy-,(11β). Its molecular weight is 360.45. The molecular formula is C 21H 28O 5 and the structural formula is:

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    Prednisolone oral solution contains 15 mg of prednisolone in each 5 mL. Benzoic acid, 0.1% is added as a preservative. It also contains ethyl alcohol 5% (v/v), citric acid, edetate disodium, glycerin, propylene glycol, purified water, saccharin sodium, sucrose, natural and artificial wild cherry flavor, FD&C red #40.


    Naturally occurring glucocorticoids (hydrocortisone and cortisone), which also have salt-retaining properties, are used as replacement therapy in adrenocortical deficiency states. Their synthetic analogs such as prednisolone are primarily used for their potent anti-inflammatory effects in disorders of many organ systems.

    Glucocorticoids such as prednisolone cause profound and varied metabolic effects. In addition, they modify the body’s immune responses to diverse stimuli.


    Prednisolone Oral Solution, USP is indicated in the following conditions:

    1. Endocrine Disorders

    Primary or secondary adrenocortical insufficiency (hydrocortisone or cortisone is the first choice: synthetic analogs may be used in conjunction with mineralocorticoids where applicable; in infancy mineralocorticoid supplementation is of particular importance).

       Congenital adrenal hyperplasia
       Nonsuppurative thyroiditis
       Hypercalcemia associated with cancer

    2. Rheumatic Disorders

    As adjunctive therapy for short-term administration (to tide the patient over an acute episode or exacerbation) in:

       Psoriatic arthritis
       Rheumatoid arthritis, including juvenile rheumatoid arthritis (selected cases may require low-dose maintenance therapy)
       Ankylosing spondylitis
       Acute and subacute bursitis
       Acute nonspecific tenosynovitis
       Acute gouty arthritis
       Post-traumatic osteoarthritis
       Synovitis of osteoarthritis

    3. Collagen Diseases

    During an exacerbation or as maintenance therapy in selected cases of:

       Systemic lupus erythematosus
       Acute rheumatic carditis

    4. Dermatologic Diseases

       Bullous dermatitis herpetiformis
       Severe erythema multiforme (Stevens-Johnson syndrome)
       Exfoliative dermatitis
       Mycosis fungoides
       Severe psoriasis
       Severe seborrheic dermatitis

    5. Allergic States

    Control of severe or incapacitating allergic conditions intractable to adequate trials of conventional treatment:

       Seasonal or perennial allergic rhinitis
       Bronchial asthma
       Contact dermatitis
       Atopic dermatitis
       Serum sickness
       Drug hypersensitivity reactions

    6. Ophthalmic Diseases

    Severe acute and chronic allergic and inflammatory processes involving the eye and its adnexa such as:

       Allergic corneal marginal ulcers
       Herpes zoster ophthalmicus
       Anterior segment inflammation
       Diffuse posterior uveitis and choroiditis
       Sympathetic ophthalmia
       Allergic conjunctivitis
       Optic neuritis
       Iritis and iridocyclitis

    7. Respiratory Diseases

    Symptomatic sarcoidosis Loeffler’s syndrome not manageable by other means

       Fulminating or disseminated pulmonary tuberculosis when used concurrently with appropriate chemotherapy
       Aspiration pneumonitis

    8. Hematologic Disorders

       Idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura in adults
       Secondary thrombocytopenia in adults
       Acquired (autoimmune) hemolytic anemia
       Erythroblastopenia (RBC anemia)
       Congenital (erythroid) hypoplastic anemia

    9. Neoplastic Diseases

    For palliative management of:

       Acute leukemia of childhood
       Leukemias and lymphomas in adults

    10. 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.

    11. Gastrointestinal Diseases

    To tide the patient over a critical period of the disease in:

       Ulcerative colitis
       Regional enteritis

    12. Miscellaneous

    Tuberculous meningitis with subarachnoid block or impending block used concurrently with appropriate antituberculous chemotherapy. Trichinosis with neurologic or myocardial involvement.

    In addition to the above indications prednisolone oral solution is indicated for systemic dermatomyositis (polymyositis).


    Systemic fungal infections.


    In patients on corticosteroid therapy subjected to unusual stress, increased dosage of rapidly acting corticosteroids before, during, and after the stressful situation is indicated.

    Immunosuppression and Increased Risk of Infection

    Corticosteroids, including prednisolone oral solution, suppress the immune system and increase the risk of infection with any pathogen, including viral, bacterial, fungal, protozoan, or helminthic pathogens. Corticosteroids can:

    • Reduce resistance
    • Exacerbate existing infections
    • Increase the risk if disseminated infections
    • Increase the risk of reactivation or exacerbation of latent infections
    • Mask some signs of infection

    Corticosteroid-associated infections can be mild but can be severe and at times fatal. The rate of infectious complications increases with increasing corticosteroid dosages.

    Monitor for the development of infection and consider prednisolone oral solution withdrawal or dosage reduction as needed.

    Do not administer prednisolone oral solution by an intraarticular, intrabursal, intratendinous, or intralesional route in the presence of acute local infection.


    If prednisolone oral solution is used to treat a condition in patients with latent tuberculosis or tuberculin reactivity, reactivation of tuberculosis may occur. Closely monitor such patients for reactivation. During prolonged prednisolone oral solution therapy, patients with latent tuberculosis or tuberculin reactivity should receive chemoprophylaxis.

    Varicella Zoster and Measles Viral Infections

    Varicella and measles can have a serious or even fatal course in non-immune patients taking corticosteroids, including prednisolone oral solution. In corticosteroids-treated patients who have not had these diseases or are non-immune, particular care should be taken to avoid exposure to varicella and measles:

    • If a prednisolone oral solution-treated patient is exposed to varicella, prophylaxis with varicella zoster immune globulin may be indicated. If varicella develops, treatment with antiviral agents may be considered.
    • If a prednisolone oral solution-treated patient is exposed to measles, prophylaxis with immunoglobulin may be indicated.

    Hepatitis B Virus Reactivation

    Hepatitis B virus reactivation can occur in patients who are hepatitis B carriers treated with immunosuppressive dosages of corticosteroids, including prednisolone oral solution. Reactivation can also occur infrequently in corticosteroids-treated patients who appear to have resolved hepatitis B infection.

    Screen patients for hepatitis B infection before initiating immunosuppressive (e.g. prolonged) treatment with prednisolone oral solution. For patients who show evidence of hepatitis B infection, recommend consultation with physician with expertise in managing hepatitis B regarding monitoring and consideration for hepatitis B antiviral therapy.

    Fungal Infections

    Corticosteroids, including prednisolone oral solution, may exacerbate systemic fungal infections; therefore, avoid prednisolone oral solution use in the presence of such infections unless prednisolone oral solution is needed to control drug reactions. For patients on chronic prednisolone oral solution therapy who develop systemic fungal infections, prednisolone oral solution withdrawal or dosage reduction is recommended.


    Corticosteroids, including prednisolone oral solution, may activate latent amebiasis. Therefore, it is recommended that latent amebiasis or active amebiasis be ruled out before initiating prednisolone oral solution in patients who spent time in the tropics or patients with unexplained diarrhea.

    Strongyloides Infestation

    Corticosteroids, including prednisolone oral solution, should be used with great care in patients with known or suspected Stronyloides (threadworm) infestation. In such patients, corticosteroid-induced immunosuppression may lead to Strongyloides hyperinfection and dissemination with widespread larval migration, often accompanied by severe enterocolitis and potentially fatal gram-negative septicemia.

    Cerebral Malaria

    Avoid corticosteroids, including prednisolone oral solution, in patients with cerebral malaria.

    Kaposi’s Sarcoma

    Kaposi’s sarcoma has been reported to occur in patients receiving corticosteroids therapy, most often for chronic conditions. Discontinuation of corticosteroids may result in clinical improvement of Kaposi’s sarcoma.

    Prolonged use of corticosteroids may produce posterior subcapsular cataracts, glaucoma with possible damage to the optic nerves, and may enhance the establishment of secondary ocular infections due to fungi or viruses.

    Average and large doses of hydrocortisone or cortisone can cause elevation of blood pressure, salt and water retention, and increased excretion of potassium. These effects are less likely to occur with the synthetic derivatives except when used in large doses. Dietary salt restriction and potassium supplementation may be necessary. All corticosteroids increase calcium excretion.

    While on corticosteroid therapy, patients should not be vaccinated against smallpox. Other immunization procedures should not be undertaken in patients who are on corticosteroids, especially on high dose, because of possible hazards of neurological complications and a lack of antibody response.

    Use in pregnancy: 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.



    Drug-induced secondary adrenocortical insufficiency may be minimized by gradual reduction of dosage. This type of relative insufficiency may persist for months after discontinuation of therapy; therefore, in any situation of stress occurring during that period, hormone therapy should be reinstituted. Since mineralocorticoid secretion may be impaired, salt and/or a mineralocorticoid should be administered concurrently.

    There is an enhanced effect of corticosteroids on patients with hypothyroidism and in those with cirrhosis.

    Corticosteroids should be used cautiously in patients with ocular herpes simplex because of possible corneal perforation.

    The lowest possible dose of corticosteroid should be used to control the condition under treatment, and when reduction in dosage is possible, the reduction should be gradual.

    Psychic derangements may appear when corticosteroids are used, ranging from euphoria, insomnia, mood swings, personality changes, and severe depression, to frank psychotic manifestations. Also, existing emotional instability or psychotic tendencies may be aggravated by corticosteroids.

    Aspirin should be used cautiously in conjunction with corticosteroids in hypoprothrombinemia.

    Steroids should be used with caution in nonspecific ulcerative colitis, if there is a probability of impending perforation, abscess or other pyogenic infections; diverticulitis; fresh intestinal anastomoses; active or latent peptic ulcer; renal insufficiency; hypertension; osteoporosis; and myasthenia gravis.

    Growth and development of infants and children on prolonged corticosteroid therapy should be carefully observed.

    Information for Patients

    Patients who are on immunosuppressant doses of corticosteroids should be warned to avoid exposure to chickenpox or measles. Patients should also be advised that if they are exposed, medical advice should be sought without delay.


    Fluid and Electrolyte Disturbances

       Sodium retention
       Fluid retention
       Congestive heart failure in susceptible patients
       Potassium loss
       Hypokalemic alkalosis


       Muscle weakness
       Steroid myopathy
       Loss of muscle mass
       Vertebral compression fractures
       Aseptic necrosis of femoral and humeral heads
       Pathologic fracture of long bones


       Peptic ulcer with possible perforation and hemorrhage
       Abdominal distention
       Ulcerative esophagitis


       Impaired wound healing
       Thin fragile skin
       Petechiae and ecchymoses
       Facial erythema
       Increased sweating
       May suppress reactions to skin tests


       Increased intracranial pressure with papilledema (pseudo-tumor cerebri) usually after treatment


       Menstrual irregularities
       Development of Cushingoid state
       Suppression of growth in children
       Secondary adrenocortical and pituitary unresponsiveness, particularly in times of stress, as in trauma, surgery or illness
       Decreased carbohydrate tolerance
       Manifestations of latent diabetes mellitus
       Increased requirements for insulin or oral hypoglycemic agents in diabetics


       Posterior subcapsular cataracts
       Increased intraocular pressure


       Negative nitrogen balance due to protein catabolism

    To report SUSPECTED ADVERSE REACTIONS, contact Chartwell RX, LLC. at 1-845-232-1683 or FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or


    Dosage of Prednisolone Oral Solution, USP should be individualized according to the severity of the disease and the response of the patient. For infants and children, the recommended dosage should be governed by the same considerations rather than strict adherence to the ratio indicated by age or body weight.

    Hormone therapy is an adjunct to and not a replacement for conventional therapy.

    Dosage should be decreased or discontinued gradually when the drug has been administered for more than a few days.

    The severity, prognosis, expected duration of the disease, and the reaction of the patient to medication are primary factors in determining dosage.

    If a period of spontaneous remission occurs in a chronic condition, treatment should be discontinued.

    Blood pressure, body weight, routine laboratory studies, including two-hour postprandial blood glucose and serum potassium, and a chest X-ray should be obtained at regular intervals during prolonged therapy. Upper GI X-rays are desirable in patients with known or suspected peptic ulcer disease.

    The initial dosage of Prednisolone Oral Solution, USP may vary from 5 mg to 60 mg per day depending on the specific disease entity being treated. In situations of less severity lower doses will generally suffice while in selected patients higher initial doses may be required. The initial dosage should be maintained or adjusted until a satisfactory response is noted. If after a reasonable period of time there is a lack of satisfactory clinical response, Prednisolone Oral Solution, USP should be discontinued and the patient transferred to other appropriate therapy. IT SHOULD BE EMPHASIZED THAT DOSAGE REQUIREMENTS ARE VARIABLE AND MUST BE INDIVIDUALIZED ON THE BASIS OF THE DISEASE UNDER TREATMENT AND THE RESPONSE OF THE PATIENT.

    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. It should be kept in mind that constant monitoring is needed in regard to drug dosage. Included in the situations which may make dosage adjustments necessary are changes in clinical status secondary to remissions or exacerbations in the disease process, the patient’s individual drug responsiveness, and the effect of patient exposure to stressful situations not directly related to the disease entity under treatment. In this latter situation it may be necessary to increase the dosage of Prednisolone Oral Solution, USP for a period of time consistent with the patient’s condition. If after long-term therapy the drug is to be stopped, it is recommended that it be withdrawn gradually rather than abruptly.


    Prednisolone Oral Solution, USP containing 15 mg of Prednisolone in each 5 mL (teaspoonful) is a clear pinkish-red wild cherry flavored liquid and is supplied in 240 mL bottles (NDC 62135-250-37), 480 mL bottles (NDC 62135-250-47), 5 mL cups (NDC 62135-250-45), and 20 x 5 mL cups (62135-250-24) .

    Pharmacist: Dispense 15 mg/5 mL Prednisolone Oral Solution, USP with suitable calibrated measuring device to assure proper measuring of dose.

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    Dispense in tight, light-resistant and child-resistant container as defined in USP/NF.

    Store at 20° to 25°C (68° to 77°F) [See USP Controlled Room Temperature]. DO NOT REFRIGERATE.

    Manufactured for:

    Chartwell RX, LLC
    Congers, NY 10920


    Rev. 05/2024


    PrednisoLONE Oral Solution, USP 15 mg per 5 mL - NDC 62135-250-37 - 240 mL Bottle Label

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    PrednisoLONE Oral Solution, USP 15 mg per 5 mL - NDC 62135-250-47 - 480 mL Bottle Label

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    PrednisoLONE Oral Solution, USP 15 mg per 5 mL - NDC 62135-250-45 - 5 mL Unit Dose Label

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    Product Information
    Product TypeHUMAN PRESCRIPTION DRUGItem Code (Source)NDC:62135-250
    Route of AdministrationORAL
    Active Ingredient/Active Moiety
    Ingredient NameBasis of StrengthStrength
    Inactive Ingredients
    Ingredient NameStrength
    CHERRY (UNII: BUC5I9595W)  
    ALCOHOL (UNII: 3K9958V90M)  
    WATER (UNII: 059QF0KO0R)  
    SUCROSE (UNII: C151H8M554)  
    FD&C RED NO. 40 (UNII: WZB9127XOA)  
    Product Characteristics
    Colorpink (clear pinkish-red) Score    
    FlavorCHERRY (wild cherry) Imprint Code
    #Item CodePackage DescriptionMarketing Start DateMarketing End Date
    1NDC:62135-250-37240 mL in 1 BOTTLE; Type 0: Not a Combination Product11/20/2022
    2NDC:62135-250-47480 mL in 1 BOTTLE; Type 0: Not a Combination Product11/20/2022
    3NDC:62135-250-242 in 1 BOX05/31/2024
    310 in 1 TRAY
    3NDC:62135-250-455 mL in 1 CUP; Type 0: Not a Combination Product
    Marketing Information
    Marketing CategoryApplication Number or Monograph CitationMarketing Start DateMarketing End Date
    Labeler - Chartwell RX, LLC (079394054)