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What is Medrol (Methylprednisolone) prescribed for?

This medication is known as a corticosteroid hormone.  And Corticosteroids is a class of steroid hormones. It is one of the main classes of steroids that are involved with a wide range of physiological processes, including stress response, immune response, regulation of inflammation, carbohydrate metabolism, protein catabolism, blood electrolyte levels, and behaviour.

This medication is used to treat a variety of conditions such as arthritis, blood disorders, severe allergic reactions, certain cancers, eye conditions, skin/kidney/intestinal/lung diseases, and immune system disorders.

How this medication works, is it decreases your immune systems response to the various diseases to reduce the symptoms of swelling, pain, and allergic-type reactions.

If you are having hormone disorders, this medication may be prescribed to you along with other medications.

This Medication is taken by mouth, usually with food or milk. You will be given instructions regarding your dose, follow them carefully. And remember the dosage and the length of the treatment are based on your medical condition and your response to the treatment. Speak with your doctor on the various dosing schedules that may apply to you.

Do not increase your dose or use this medication more often or for any longer then what you should. Your condition will not get any better, and you run the risk of side effects.

If you suddenly put a stop to using this medication. You may suffer from withdrawal symptoms. Such as; weakness, weight loss, nausea, muscle pain, headache, tiredness, dizziness. In order to prevent these symptoms, if you wish to discontinue this medication, your doctor may lower your dose at a slow pace.


Before taking this medication, it is best to advise your doctor if you are allergic to Methylprednisolone; or to prednisone; or to any other medications or allergies in general.

Also it is best to notify your doctor of your medical history. Inform you doctor if you have had any serious health issues in the past, such as; bleeding problems, blood clots, brittle bones (osteoporosis), diabetes, eye diseases (such as cataracts, glaucoma, herpes infection of the eye), heart problems (such as recent heart attack, congestive heart failure), high blood pressure, current/past infections (such as those caused by tuberculosis, threadworm, herpes, fungus), kidney disease, liver disease, mental/mood conditions (such as psychosis, depression, anxiety), stomach/intestinal problems (such as diverticulitis, ulcer, ulcerative colitis), seizures.

This medicine may cause stomach bleeding. Daily use of alcohol while using this medicine may increase your risk for stomach bleeding. Limit alcoholic beverages. Consult your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

Methylprednisolone can make you more likely to get infections or may worsen any current infections. Therefore, wash your hands well to prevent the spread of infection. Avoid contact with people who have infections that may spread to others (such as chickenpox, measles, flu). Consult your doctor if you have been exposed to an infection or for more details.

This medication may cause vaccines to not work as well. Live vaccines may cause serious problems (such as infection) if given while you are using this medication. Do not have immunizations/vaccinations/skin tests without the consent of your doctor. Avoid contact with people who have recently received live vaccines (such as flu vaccine inhaled through the nose).

Side Effects

Some of these side effects may occur when taking this medication; they are as follows; Nausea, vomiting, heartburn, headache, dizziness, trouble sleeping, appetite changes, increased sweating, or acne may occur. However if any of these effects persist or worsen, contact your doctor right away.

This medication may make your blood sugar rise, which can cause or worsen diabetes. Tell your doctor right away if you have symptoms of high blood sugar such as increased thirst/urination. If you already have diabetes, check your blood sugar regularly as directed and share the results with your doctor. Your doctor may need to adjust your diabetes medication, exercise program, or diet.

This medication may lower your ability to fight infections. This may make you more likely to get a serious (rarely fatal) infection or make any infection you have worse. Tell your doctor right away if you have any signs of infection (such as fever, chills, persistent sore throat, cough, white patches in the mouth).

Tell your doctor right away if you have any serious side effects, including: unusual weight gain, menstrual period changes, bone/joint pain, easy bruising/bleeding, mental/mood changes (such as mood swings, depression, agitation), muscle weakness/pain, puffy face, slow wound healing, swelling of the ankles/feet/hands, thinning skin, unusual hair/skin growth, vision problems, fast/slow/irregular heartbeat, symptoms of stomach/intestinal bleeding (such as stomach/abdominal pain, black/tarry stools, vomit that looks like coffee grounds).

A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, seek immediate medical attention if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.


What is Medrol?


As to what is methylprednisolone, which is the generic alternative to Medrol, it is a medication used to treat a variety of conditions, starting from arthritis; it also treats blood disorders, severe allergic reactions, certain cancers, eye conditions, skin/kidney/intestinal/lung diseases and immune system disorders. So how does methylprednisolone work? Well, when taken it goes to work by decreasing your immune systems response to these various diseases to reduce symptoms such as swelling, pain, and allergic-type reactions. Medrol can be used with other medications, but it is best to speak with your doctor before doing so.  This medication comes in three different doses which are 4mg, 8mg, and 16mg. If you have any questions regarding this medication or any inquiries in general, feel free to give us a call on a toll free number 1-877-385-8998.


How often can you take a Medrol dose pack?


As to how often you can take this medication?  That is something your doctor will give you directions upon when Medrol has been prescribed to you. However, do keep in mind that the dosage and length of the treatment is based on your medical condition and your overall response to the treatment.


How long does it take for Medrol to start working?


After taking your dose of Medrol you may not see the full benefits of this medication for up to one to four days. However, some have seen a notable reduction of symptoms within the first few hours.


How long do side effects of Medrol dose pack last?


If the effects are mild then they may go away within a few days or a couple of weeks. However, if they have become more severe and have not disappeared, then you should speak with your doctor as soon as you can.


How long does Medrol stay in your system?


Methylprednisolone stays in your system for approximately 13 to 20 hours before it is eliminated.  


How to take a Medrol dose pack?


This medication is taken orally, and can usually be taken with food or milk. Just be sure to follow the dosing instructions exactly as your doctor has directed. And remember that the dosage and the length of your treatment is based on your medical condition and your overall response to the treatment.

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