Compare Medrol vs. prednisolone acetate

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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.

3.7/ 5 average rating with 66 reviewsforMedrol
Calms down redness and swelling in the eye.

Omnipred (prednisolone acetate) is a steroid used in the eye that is effective for treatment and symptom relief, but with long-term use, it can have some side effects.

Upsides
  • 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.
  • Omnipred (prednisolone acetate) works only within the eye, so it will relieve symptoms without having the side effects of oral steroids.
  • Kicks in relatively quickly to relieve symptoms.
  • Available in generic form.
Downsides
  • 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.
  • Depending on the condition, you might have to use Omnipred (prednisolone acetate) up to 4 times a day, particularly in the beginning.
  • If using Omnipred (prednisolone acetate) long-term, may require some monitoring by your doctor.
  • Contains sulfite, so depending on the severity of your allergy, may not be suitable for those with allergies to sulfite.
  • Long-term use can lead to increased risk of more serious side effects.
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Used for
  • Allergies
  • Skin conditions
  • Endocrine conditions
  • Eye conditions
  • Gastrointestinal conditions
  • Respiratory disorder
  • Multiple Sclerosis flare-up
  • Blood-related conditions
  • Drug-associated allergic reactions
  • Lupus
  • Cancer
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Severe Psoriasis
  • COPD episode
  • Inflammation of the Eye
  • Eye Injury
  • Allergies
Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Injection
  • Liquid
Price
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Reviews
66 reviews so far
59%
saidit'sworth it
53%
saiditworked well
23%
saidit'sa big hassle

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Side effects
The Medrol (methylprednisolone) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
The Omnipred (prednisolone acetate) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
Risks and risk factors
  • Weakened immune system response to stress
    • Taking high doses of Medrol (methylprednisolone) for a long period of time
    • Young children
    • Stress such as trauma, injury, or infection
  • Increased risk for infections
    • Taking other medicines that weaken the immune system
    • Taking Medrol (methylprednisolone) for a long time
    • Those who are not vaccinated against viral illnesses
    • Coming into contact with people who have viral illness
    • History of bacterial or viral conditions
  • Changes in heart and kidney function
    • Those who had a recent heart attack
    • History of heart failure, high blood pressure, and kidney problems
  • Eye problems
    • Those with cataracts and/or glaucoma
    • History of herpes simplex in the eye
  • Harm to fetus (unborn baby)
    • Pregnant women
    • Women who can or plan to become pregnant
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  • Glaucoma and cataracts
  • Increased risk of infection
  • Thinning of eye layer
  • Severe allergic reactions
    • Asthma
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