Cortan 5: Each tablet contains prednisolone BP 5 mg.
Cortan 10: Each tablet contains prednisolone BP 10 mg.
Cortan 20: Each tablet contains prednisolone BP 20 mg.
Cortan Oral Solution: Each 5 ml solution contains Prednisolone Sodium Phosphate USP equivalent to Prednisolone 5 mg.
Respiratory disease: Allergic pheumonitis, asthma, occupational asthma, pulmonary aspergillosis, pulmonary fibrosis, pulmonary alveolitis, aspiration of foreign body, aspiration of stomach contents, pulmonary sarcoid, drug induced lung disease, adult respiratory distress syndrome, spasmodic croup.
Rheumatic disorders: Rheumatoid arthritis, polymyalgia rheumatica, juvenile chronic arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, dermatomyositis, mixed connective tissue disease.
Arteritis/collagenosis: Giant cell arteritis/polymyalgia rheumatica, mixed connective tissue disease, polyarteritis nodosa, polymyositis.
Blood disorders: Haemolytic anaemia (autoimmune), leukaemia (acute and lymphocytic), lymphoma, multiple myeloma, idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura.
Cardiovascular disorders: Post myocardial infarction syndrome, rheumatic fever with severe carditis.
Endocrine disorders: Primary and secondary adrenal insufficiency, congenital adrenal hyperplasia.
Gastro-intestinal disorders: Crohn\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'s disease, ulcerative colitis, persistent celiac syndrome, autoimmune chronic active hepatitis, multisystem disease affecting liver, biliary peritonitis.
Infections: Miliary tuberculosis, mumps orchitis (adult), tuberculous meningitis, rickettsial disease.
Muscular disorders: Polymyositis, dermatomyositis.
Neurological disorders: Infantile spasms, ShyDrager syndrome, sub-acute demyelinating polyneuropathy.
Ocular disease: Sclertis, posterior uveitis, retinal vasculitis, pseudo tumours of the orbit, malignant ophthalmic Graves disease.
Renal disorders: Lupus nephritis, acute intersititial nephritis, minimal change glomerulonephritis.
Skin disorders: Pemphigus vulgaris, bullous pemphigoid, systemic lupus erythematosus, pyoderma gangrenosum.
Miscellaneous: Sarcoidosis, hyperpyrexia, Behcets disease, immunosuppression in organ transplantation.
The appropriate individual dose must be determined by trial and error and must be re-evaluated regularly according to activity of the disease.
In general, initial dosage shall be maintained or adjusted until the anticipated response is observed. The dose should be gradually reduced until the lowest dose, which will maintain an adequate clinical response is reached.
During prolonged therapy, dosage may need to be temporarily increased during periods of stress or during exacerbations of the disease. When the drug is to be stopped, it must be withdrawn gradually and not abruptly.
Intermittent dosage regimen: A single dose of Cortan in the morning on alternate days or at longer intervals is acceptable therapy for some patients. When this regimen is practical, the degree of pituitary-adrenal suppression can be minimized.
Use in children
Corticosteroids cause growth retardation in infancy, childhood and adolescence, which may be irreversible. Treatment should be administered where possible as a single dose on alternate days.
Undesirable effects may be minimized by using the lowest effective dose for the minimum period and by administering the daily requirement as a single morning dose on alternate days. Frequent patient review is required to titrate the dose appropriately against disease activity.
Use in lactation: Corticosteroids are excreted in small amounts in breast milk and infants of mothers taking pharmacological doses of steroids should be monitored carefully for signs of adrenal suppression.
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs: Concomitant administration of ulcerogenic drugs such as indomethacin during corticosteroid therapy may increase the risk of Gl ulceration.
Anticoagulants: Response to anticoagulants may be reduced or, less often, enhanced by corticosteroids.
Vaccines: Live vaccines should not be given to individuals with impaired immune responsiveness. The antibody response to other vaccines may be diminished.
Oestrogens: Oestrogens may potentiate the effects of glucocorticoids and dosage adjustment may be required if oestrogens are added to or withdrawn from a stable dosage regimen.
Other: The desired effects of hypoglycaemic agents (including insulin), anti-hypertensives and diuretics are antagonised by corticosteroids and the hypokalaemic effect of acetazolamide, loop diuretics, thiazide diuretics and carbenoxolone are enhanced.
Cortan 10: Each box contains 10 blister strips of 10 tablets.
Cortan 20: Each box contains 5 blister strips of 10 tablets.
Cortan Oral Solution 100 ml: Each bottle contains 100 ml oral solution.
Cortan Oral Solution 50 ml: Each bottle contains 50 ml oral solution.
Allergic and skin disorders: initial doses of 5-15 mg daily are commonly adequate.
Collagenosis: Initial doses of 20-30 mg daily are frequently effective. Those with more severe symptoms may require higher doses.
Rheumatoid arthritis: The usual initial dose is 10-15 mg daily. The lowest daily maintenance dose compatible with tolerable symptomatic relief is recommended.
Blood disorders and lymphoma: An initial daily dose of 15-60 mg is often necessary with reduction after an adequate clinical or haematological response. Higher doses may be necessary to induce remission in acute leukaemia.