Brand Name(s): Methylprednisolone
Drug Class: Corticosteroid
Treats: arthritis; skin, blood, kidney, eye, thyroid, and intestinal disorders (e.g., colitis), severe allergies, asthma, certain types of cancer.
Medrol is a steroid that helps prevent the release of substances that cause inflammation in the body. It is used in treating conditions such as blood disorders, arthritis, certain types of cancers, allergic reactions,skin/intestinal/kidney/lung diseases, eye conditions, as well as immune system disorders. Further it helps decrease the response of immune systems to various diseases in order to reduce symptoms such as pain, swelling, and allergic type reactions. This form of medication is a corticosteroid hormone. Medrol may further be used with other medications in hormone disorders.
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Medrol is used in treating a wide variety of conditions including, arthritis, allergic reactions, eye conditions, as well as immune system disorders. This form of medication part of the corticosteroid hormone drug class. Medrol may further be used with other medications to treat certain conditions.
Dosing of Medrol will vary amongst patients. The prescribing doctor's orders and directions on the label should always be followed. The amount of Medrol needed depends on the strength, the number of doses taken each day, the time between doses, the length of time taken, and the diagnosis of the patient. Medrol is available in tablet form and should be taken by mouth.
- The dosage for Medrol in children and adults varies with each individual diagnosis, however usually initially starts at 4-48mg per day.
- Depending upon the response, the dose should be decreased by small amounts until the lowest effective dose is reached.
- The dosage should be withdrawn gradually following long-term therapy.
Medrol Side Effects
Like any other drug, Medrol may cause side effects. You should contact your doctor if you suffer any severe side effects. Below you will find a list of common side effects. Note that not all possible side effects are listed here.
- fluid and electrolyte disturbances
- hypertension (high blood pressure)
- muscle weakness
- cushingoid state
- menstrual irregularities
- impaired wound healing
- convulsions or seizures
- ulcerative esophagitis
- excessive sweating
- increased intracranial pressure
- abdominal distention
- decreased carbohydrate tolerance
- skin rash
- swollen face
- swollen lower legs and swollen ankles
- vision problems
- a cold or infection that lasts a long time
- muscle weakness
- black or tarry stools.
Like any other drug, Medrol may interact with other drugs and substances. You should consult with your doctor or medical professional before adding any new medication, including over the counter drugs. Below is a list of drugs that have been known to interact with Medrol. Note that this list does not include all possible drug interactions.
- anticoagulants ('blood thinners') such as warfarin (Coumadin)
- arthritis medications
- azithromycin (Zithromax)
- clarithromycin (Biaxin)
- cyclosporine (Neoral
- digoxin (Lanoxin)
- diuretics ('water pills')
- estrogen (Premarin)
- ketoconazole (Nizoral)
- oral contraceptives
- phenytoin (Dilantin)
- rifampin (Rifadin)
- theophylline (Theo-Dur)
- other immunosuppressive agents.
Patients who have had previous fungal infections other than mild skin infections should not take Medrol without talking to a doctor.