Calms down your immune system. Medrol (Methylprednisolone) is corticosteroid available in many forms (oral, injectable) that's great for controlling the unwanted symptoms from your immune responses and will make you feel better. There are lots of side effects but most of are tolerable or can be managed.
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Medrol (Methylprednisolone) is a corticosteroid that's similar to what your body naturally makes. It reduces swelling and other immune responses that can cause you pain, discomfort, or harm.
Type of medication
Used for (click to learn more)
› 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
› Adrenal suppression leading to adrenal crisis can occur if you lower your dose or stop taking Medrol (Methylprednisolone) too quickly. Symptoms include joint or muscle pain, extreme low energy and depression. Changes in your Medrol (Methylprednisolone) dose need to be done slowly over time. Talk to your doctor before you make any changes or stop the medication.
Upsides and benefits
› Steroid magic, can help you feel better, have more energy and get more appetite.
› Useful in controlling immune responses that are causing you discomfort, and works quickly to relieve symptoms like swelling, rash, asthma attacks, gout attacks.
› Useful in suppressing the immune system from causing your body harm, like many autoimmune related conditions.
› Available in many different forms, including injection, that will expose the rest of your body less of the medicine.
Downsides and risks
› Lots of side effects, especially with long term use.
› Short-term use can cause mood changes, trouble sleeping and increase in blood pressure, blood sugar, and possible water retention.
› Long-term use can cause problems with skin, bone, eye health and put you at a higher risk for infections.
› People with certain conditions will have to pay extra attention to their symptoms or may have to adjust the dose of other medicines when taking Medrol.
› When using corticosteroids for more than 1 week, you will need to work with a doctor to get off the medicine slowly.
Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
› The dose and duration on how long you need the medicine depends on your condition and response.
› Take it exactly as your doctor prescribed.
› Take with food to decrease stomach upset.
› Can cause trouble sleeping. Take in the morning or 2-3 hours before bed if more than one dose is needed.
› Can cause changes in mood, blood pressure, blood sugar, and water retention.
› You should check your blood pressure and blood sugar when taking this medicine if you already have high blood pressure or diabetes.
› A taper is often needed to stop the medicine, especially if you've been on it for more than 1 week.