Compare Cortisone vs. Medrol

Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.

Cortisone

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Calms down your immune system.

Medrol (methylprednisolone) is very effective for controlling allergic reactions and many types of inflammatory conditions, but it is associated with serious and potentially life-threatening side effects if you have to take it for a long time.

5.1/ 7 average rating with 66 reviewsforMedrol
Upsides
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  • Medrol (methylprednisolone) is effective for treating a variety of conditions involving the immune system.
  • Can help improve energy and stimulate your appetite.
  • Works quickly to provide relief for swelling, rash, asthma attacks, and pain.
  • Medrol (methylprednisolone) is available in a generic form.
  • Available as blister packs that organize tablets into specific days and times for easier administration.
Downsides
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  • Medrol (methylprednisolone) can cause unwanted side effects such as mood changes, trouble sleeping, and increase in blood pressure as well as blood sugar at higher doses.
  • Long-term use can cause problems to your skin, bones, eyes, and place you at a higher risk for infections.
  • If Medrol (methylprednisolone) is used for more than 2 weeks, you will need to work with a doctor to get off of the medicine by gradually decreasing the dose.
  • Medrol (methylprednisolone) can cause harm to an unborn baby, so it might not be a good option for pregnant women.
  • Might cause abnormal growth and development when used in children.
Used for
  • Acute lymphoid leukemia Adrenal insufficiency Allergic disorder Chronic lymphoid leukemia Collagen disease Disorder of endocrine system Disorder of eye Disorder of gastrointestinal tract Disorder of hematopoietic structure Disorder of respiratory system Disorder of skin Hodgkin's disease Hypercalcemia of malignancy Inflammatory disorder of musculoskeletal system Mycosis fungoides Neoplastic disease Nephrotic syndrome Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma Trichinosis Tuberculosis of meninges; Adjunct
Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Pill
  • Injection
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Reviews
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66 
59%
think this treatment is worth it
53%
think this treatment works well
23%
think this treatment is a hassle

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Side effects
The Cortisone FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
The Medrol (methylprednisolone) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
Risks and warnings
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  • Weakened immune system response to stress

    Taking high doses of Medrol (methylprednisolone) for a long period of time

    ...and 2 more risk factors

  • Increased risk for infections

    Taking other medicines that weaken the immune system

    ...and 4 more risk factors

  • Changes in heart and kidney function

    Those who had a recent heart attack

    ...and 1 more risk factors

  • Eye problems

    Those with cataracts and/or glaucoma

    ...and 1 more risk factors

  • Harm to fetus (unborn baby)

    Pregnant women

    ...and 1 more risk factors

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