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Prednisolone drug shortage- no longer available?

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    Prednisolone drug shortage- no longer available?

    Does anyone know of a pharmacy that has this available? I've checked all my usual online pharmacies and all are out of stock. My cat is on prednisolone with his chemotherapy drug. I'm getting a bit worried I might not be able to find some even though we aren't out yet.

    He gets the 5 mg tablet.

    Could you get a 10mg tablet and split it?

    I found a 5mg chewtab from 1-800-pet meds.
    Last edited by rubygirl1968; Sep. 10, 2020, 11:04 PM. Reason: eta


      Originally posted by 4horses View Post
      Does anyone know of a pharmacy that has this available? I've checked all my usual online pharmacies and all are out of stock. My cat is on prednisolone with his chemotherapy drug. I'm getting a bit worried I might not be able to find some even though we aren't out yet.

      He gets the 5 mg tablet.
      Have you checked your local brick and mortar people pharmacies?


        the FDA does not mention a current shortage/ recall.

        It is highly doubtful that this drug will ever go away. It is a vital part of so many therapies.

        Have you checked in with your vets office, they should have it. Also check big box pharmacy attached to Costco, or Walmart etc. If need be have your vet send you a script if you don't have your copy. I will say shipping transport in general here on the west coast is a bit disrupted particularly if the products ship/hub via Portland or California. Since many generic drugs are made in Asia, there may be some supply line back up.

        I would talk to the pharmacy and see if you can get a larger tablet size that can be cut down. YOu might need a written script showing the altered dose sig for that as well. NIce thing about pred tablets is that it is pretty flavorless. DO NOT go to oral unless you are seriously in the weeds. It tastes horrific and the cat will let you know about it.

        you may also contact your prescribing vet and see if Prednisone can be substituted. It does not convert as efficiently to PredL in cats m but in a pinch you might need it.
        Last edited by hoopoe; Sep. 11, 2020, 09:09 PM.
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          you can try Wingate pharmacy in NH.


            I could find no current shortages listed on the ASHP (American Society Of Health System Pharmacist’s) shortage list. It has had some brief shortages as we (hospital pharmacy) could not get it periodically in the last year. Unlike predNIsone, I believe predniSOLONE only comes in 5mg tablets. For humans, prednisolone is usually used in patients with liver failure that cannot convert prednisone to prednisolone and in pediatric patients. It does come in a liquid but I seriously doubt you could get that volume (6.7ml = 5mg) down your cat plus it tastes bad.



              My retired vet friend suggested prednisolone for my asthmatic cat, but when I got a perscription from an active veterinarian, it was for "pediapred". It is a liquid, and tastes good (my cat reports). Has worked beautifully for my cat, at only 1 cc per day.


                FDA doesn't still have it listed as in short supply, but the end of the fiscal year is coming and trust me - federal facilities that use it have been ordering ahead of the possible shutdown.


                  I get my human and more specialized cat meds from a pharmacist who does compounding. I would contact him first thing to see if he could do something. Maybe you have someone similar nearby?
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                    Originally posted by Simkie View Post

                    Have you checked your local brick and mortar people pharmacies?
                    Unfortunately, human pharmacies do not carry Prednisolone 5mg (some of the pharmacies will tell you it doesn't exist).

                    I just checked with all of the vendors our clinic orders from and they're all showing the 5mg Prednisolone is out of stock and on backorder; however, it looks like PrednisONE 5mg is still available. You could also talk to your vet about calling your kitty's prescription into a compounding pharmacy.
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